One consequence of the growing wealth of the world’s 1% is superyachts that have become hundreds of feet long and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The wealthiest are always looking for the next new thing in luxury, and 3D printed yachts are one of those next things. Yacht designers are now using cloud-powered software like Autodesk Fusion 360 to 3D model and design yachts and superyachts.
Schools like the Rochester Institute of Technology use Autodesk Fusion 360 in industrial design class projects that foster cross-discipline collaboration and sustainable design principles. Autodesk Fusion 360 allows users to create magnificent CAD drawings that are ready for fabrication using a 3D printer. As with most new software, Autodesk Fusion 360 allows for collaboration across a company and across vast distances around the world.
3D Printing Yachts & Boats
According to an article on 3DPrint.com, “Liverea Yachts Partners with Autodesk and SABIC to Manufacture the World’s First 3D Printed Yacht.” Not only are yachts beginning to look different (and many would say better), but new 3D additive manufacturing techniques are also helping designers and engineers to find highly stressed areas in hull structures and to refine and optimize designs to strengthen them. For more, see “Motions and Loads of High Speed Craft in Regular Waves: Prediction and Analysis.”
The Liverea 26 Windform is a 3D printed yacht, and according to Windform, “Livrea26 is the 3D-printed boat that has been built with Windform materials the laser sintering materials of CRP Technology. Discover how F1 technology can influence boat design.”
In 2015, Water Fowls engineers from Temple University created a small RoboBoat using 3D printing techniques.The following video explains using Fusion 360 for designing a hull for yachts, boats, and canoes.