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Caracol and Next Chem, 3d printed sailing boat Beluga

By Caracol

Caracol and NextChem bring to life Beluga: the world’s first 3D printed sailing boat, produced in one piece with recycled MyReplast™ material

Industry: Shipping Technology: LFAM Pellet Extrusion (FGF) Material: MyReplastTM Recycled PP + 30% Fiberglass Machine: HERON AM
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Caracol and Next Chem, 3d printed sailing boat Beluga

Caracol and NextChem bring to life Beluga: the world’s first 3D printed sailing boat, produced in one piece with recycled MyReplast™ material



                        

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Caracol, a company from Milan, Italy, was born from the idea of overcoming the limits of manufacturing and finding new, more efficient and sustainable solutions. Caracol is a leading industrial 3D printer manufacturer and large format Additive Manufacturing technology provider. In 2021 Caracol and NextChem partnered to create Beluga: a joint research project to produce the first 3D printed sailing boat prototype made in a single piece with MyReplastTM recycled material. The company has employed its proprietary robotic Additive Manufacturing system to produce the hull of the sailing boat in a single piece. Heron AM is Caracol’s Large-Format Additive Manufacturing platform – a modular, polymer and composite pellet extrusion robotic 3D printer, for large scale, industrial applications – it provides benefits in terms of flexibility, efficiency, and sustainability. The developed technology allows for the “direct printing” of recycled materials, like the Recycled Polypropylene with 30% glass fiber used for Beluga, and extrudes at a high speed to produce the whole boat in only 40 hours. MyReplastTM material recovered through upcycling processes of waste is an example of how recycled polymers can be used successfully to produce advanced components with high-performance requirements.

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