The LEHVOSS Group partners with Italian boat builders to create 3D printed sailing yacht

The LEHVOSS Group, and its parent company Lehmann&Voss&Co of Hamburg, Germany, are partnering with Italian boat builder, Livrea Yacht, to build a 3D printed sailboat.  Since work began on the design in 2014, LEHVOSS Group has supported the process development and engineered its LUVOCOM 3F customized 3D printing materials specifically for the application. The yacht, called the Mini 650, is the project of two Italian boat builders, Francesco Belvisi and Daniele Cevola.  They are building it for the 2019 solo transatlantic yacht race, called the Mini-Transat, which starts in France and ends in Brazil.  Livrea Yacht performs all simulation and evaluation work for the project, which is supported by engineers experienced in America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race. Concurrent with their work of designing and building the Mini 650, Belvisi and Cevola have driven the development of a dedicated direct extrusion 3D printing technology with their company, OCORE, which is providing the required quality of parts for the yacht. Besides improving the printing hardware - robot, extruder and nozzle – they have patented a new material deposition strategy using an algorithm inspired by fractals. The customized 3D printing materials engineered and supplied by LEHVOSS Group are based on high performance thermoplastic polymers, such as and PEEK. According to Belvisi who is the Chief Technology Officer of OCORE, “The 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. We are looking forward not only to building the first 3D printed boat but also to winning the competition in 2019.”