Under the name Livrea Yacht (Palermo, Italy), two Italian boat builders and entrepreneurs, Francesco Belvisi and Daniele Cevola, are working on designing and building the world’s first 3D printed yacht.
According to German materials supplier and the official sponsor of Livrea Yacht, Lehvoss Group, the two companies have been working on the Mini 650 since 2014.
The boat will then participate in Minitransat, a famous sailing competition across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to South America, next scheduled for 2019.
Livrea also carries out all simulation and evaluation work, supported by engineers experienced in America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.
According to its builders, who have also developed a dedicated direct extrusion 3D printing technology with their company, OCORE which is providing the required quality of parts for the yacht, the Mini 650 yacht will be highly competitive thanks to the light and strong 3D printed parts.
"3D printing dramatically reduces the build time for the yacht and also makes it more economical”, said Ocore CTO, Belvisi.
The actual boat building is performed by the NautiLab team, a Palermo, Italy-based start-up set up for the purpose.
The Hamburg-based Lehvoss Group has supported the process development and additionally engineered and delivered customised 3D printing materials to the project, the group said.
The customised 3D printing materials, supplied under the tradename Luvocom 3F, are based on thermoplastic polymers, such as high-performance polyamides and PEEK, and reinforced with carbon fibre
to achieve the required mechanical properties.