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The additive manufacturing materials specialist and innovative 3D printing company's expertise have been instrumental in the creation of a 3D-printed yacht, which will be on show for the duration of the exhibition from February 13th-17th at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
CRP Technology, which is headquartered in Modena, Italy, is a leading 3D printing specialist and, using technology from Windform, has developed a prototype vessel especially for the acclaimed boating show, inspired by the traditional fishing boats of the island of Pantelleria, which is located on the Mediterannean strait between Tunisia and the south-west coast of Sicily.
As such, the prototype boat has been christened the Pantalleria Lancia.
The project has come about as a result of the partnership between Daniele Cevola Design Studio and YAM - marine technology. It set out to create a modern incarnation of the fishing boats of Pantelleria that were once made using mulberry and sea pine by the master carpenters of the idyllic island. The Livrea26 project, as it is now known, took advantage of modern manufacturing techniques to create a traditional Pantellerian yacht. The boat is the first of its kind that uses 3D printing technology thanks to CRP Technology's expertise.
The Livrea Yacht Italia partnership's mission is to design boats of various sizes that all have a "distinct family feeling" and the 3D-printed version of the Livrea26, made using Windform materials, "expresses the true essence of 3D printing technology" bringing together the traditional and contemporary, combining advanced materials and building techniques.
Livrea26 integrates design solutions at the cutting-edge that maximise performance and simplify management for better boat handling and by using Windform materials combined with 3D printing, it was possible to build the boat in just a matter of days while safeguarding the utmost accuracy of the most complex details and a strong aesthetic appeal supported by the important mechanical properties of materials usually used in high performance fields, such as motorsport and aerospace.
The prototype of the Livrea26 is a proclamation of the partnership between CRP Technologies and the team at Livrea Yacht Italia, for the development of innovative materials for boatbuilding with the aim of revolutionising the way watercraft is designed and built.
"We could consider the new philosophy behind the project as Boat Building 2.0, since 3D printing and the latest generation materials offer designers the potential to unleash their imagination and experiment with nautical applications," the Livrea26 project states.