As 3D printing is becoming an important design tool in many leading industries, this new wave of Tsunami has now hit the boating industry.
As we have seen that 3D printing has become a revolution in the automotive and architecture, HanseYachts AG—a world-class yacht designer that prides itself on breaking rules and setting trends, is ready to start the test phase for its first 3D hull printer.
This German based boat builder is working with VBS-print for the past several momths on developing a 3D print of a 10 metre hull, known as the Hanse 3D15. It has been in planning for the past 3 years, the development also involved the construction of a 20 meter long printer.
Karl Dehler who is the chief engineer of the department for future development said "it was now time to start construction of their first masterpiece. The printing process will be done using a wood-filament, which is made up of 60% recycled wood and a polymeric binder."
He also said that, “The new Hanse 3D15 will thus be a wooden yacht, With the new hull print production we want to manufacture not only more powerful hulls but also reduce the production times significantly in order to satisfy the high demand of our customers. As a result of the 3D print, the Hanse individualization concept can be implemented in every possible way.”
Dr. Jens Gerhardt, CEO of Hanse Yachts AG said the introduction of a 3D printer to the design process is the beginning of a new era in yacht manufacturing.
Karl Dehler added “When partners within our industry tell me that 3D printing will never be successful, I often like to remind them of the introduction of GRP in the 60s, which was highly controversial at the time as a building material for boats,”
“Already in that time Dehler had experimented with modern materials and against all expectations quickly established itself as the first German large-scale manufacturer of fibreglass yachts".
'Still today we see the power of innovation as a core competitive advantage of our yard and we are proud to set a new milestone in the international boat industry'.