Members of the UW Fabbers, the school's 3D printing club entered Seattle's Annual Milk Carton Derby with their 7-foot, 40-pound creation they had created using milk jugs.
The team spent weeks searching for discarded milk jugs they could use. They ended up using roughly 250, 1-gallon jugs as raw material for 3D printing a boat they call a ''canoeyak'' that can fit one person and carry up to 150 pounds. However, as the boat was made using unconventional means, the judges only permitted it to race as an unofficial entry, but unofficial or official, they still crossed the finish line in second place.
UW mechanical engineering professor Mark Ganter described the 3D printed boat as: ''a historic first,'' revealing that two other teams in the university had previouslty tried but failed to finish their product.
3D printing is becoming increasinly popular in todays society with machinery parts being printed at lower costs. While 3D printers can be expensive, the UW club have said they will continue to print using recycled materials and developing low-cost 3D printing techniques.