The world’s first large-format water cab from a 3D printer has been unveiled in Abu Dhabi. According to the manufacturers Al Seer Marine and Abu Dhabi Maritime, the 12-metre-long, 6.4-tonne boat with electric drive has set a new record for the largest 3D-printed ship.
The catamaran hull of the water taxi was printed within 11 days. 67 percent of the material used was recycled plastic. The partners want to use sustainable production to make shipping in Abu Dhabi more environmentally friendly.
According to the developers, 3D printing technology enables the fast and flexible production of ship parts and entire hulls. By integrating recycled plastics and electric drives, sustainable watercraft for passengers and goods transportation can be realized.
The ship has been recognized by Guinness World Records and can be viewed at the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show.