America’s Cup: Four ways to skin a cat:
With each team allowed to build two hulls in advance of the 2021 America’s Cup, four of the five entrants have splashed their first AC75s.
As the Protocol of the 36th America’s Cup doesn’t allow the teams to shroud their boats, the new 75′ monohulls were quickly snapped and “grammed” around the world for everyone – teams and fans – to comment and draw their first conclusions.
Given the dramatic differences in hull shapes, the new launches have confirmed the conviction that there will be significant speed differences in this first iteration of the AC75 Class Rule.
Design teams have spent a lot of time exploring different hull shapes within the Class Rule li…
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World’s largest 3D printed boat:
Buoyed by composites technology and the world’s largest 3-D printer, the University of Maine (Orono, ME) launched itself into the record books as it unveiled the largest solid object ever produced by a 3-D printer on October 10.
The printer produced a 25-foot, 2 ½-ton boat using material that’s a blend of plastic and wood cellulose. A Guinness World Records adjudicator was on hand to certify three records: the world’s largest polymer 3-D printer, largest 3-D printed boat, and largest solid 3-D printed item.
The previous record-holder for largest boat created by a 3-D printer was a 4-foot rowboat.
Working from a blueprint, a computer-controlled “printer” mak…
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