Welcome to the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center that has just printed a 25-foot and 5,000-pound boat. By doing so, it has bagged three Guinness World Records! The boat is the largest object to having ever been printed.
The awards that have been earned by the University of Maine include; one award for the world’s largest prototype polymer 3D printer, one for the largest solid 3D-printed object, and one for the largest boat to have ever been created by a 3D printer.
The 3D printer that was used for printing this boat has been designed so that it is capable of printing objects that are as long as 100 feet by 22 feet wide by 10 feet high. It is capable of printing at an impressive rate of 500 pounds per hour.
US Rep. Jared Golden said, ‘As we saw today, the University of Maine Composites Center does award-winning, cutting-edge research that makes Maine proud and will bring jobs to our state. Their work, like the boat and 3D printer we’re here to see, has impressive potential to change how we make things out of all sorts of materials — including Maine wood fiber. Today is about three Guinness World Records, but it’s also about celebrating the innovation that will help protect and create good-paying Maine jobs in forest products and manufacturing.’
You can even watch a time-lapse video of the huge 3D printer in action as it 3D prints a boat.