Lehvoss supplied materials to build what it says is the world’s first 3D printed sailboat.
Lehvoss supplied materials to build what it says is the world’s first 3D printed sailboat.

Lehvoss has partnered with Italian boat builder, Livrea Yacht, to build what it says is the world’s first 3D printed sailboat. 

The yacht, called the Mini 650, has been built for the 2019 solo transatlantic yacht race, called the Mini-Transat, which starts in France and ends in Brazil. 

It has been made using a direct extrusion 3D printing technology and a material deposition strategy using 3D printing materials nd supplied by Lehvoss based on thermoplastic polymers reinforced with carbon fibers. The materials have also been modified to yield an improved layer strength with no warping of the printed parts.

This story uses material from Lehvoss, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.