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9th November 2018, Modena

CRP Technology debuts at MetsTrade 2018

CRP Technology, a leader in Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology with its patented high-performance composite materials Windform, will be attending MetsTrade 2018 for the first time, which will be held in Amsterdam, next week.

The company will be attending the second session of the round table on boat construction and materials, organised by MetsTrade in collaboration with Studio Pegorari in Milan. The second session will be focused on the use of 3D printing in boat building and will be held on 14 November at the Construction Material Pavilion.

Prototype manufactured by CRP Technology on behalf of Livrea Yacht Italia, SLS technology and carbon fibre reinforced composite material Windform XT 2.0. © CRP Technology

“We have been invited to take part in the event and we accepted with pleasure. Since the first edition, the round table has stirred great interest among yacht designers and technicians, and this year the success will be repeated,” said Franco Cevolini, CTO, CRP Technology.

“But there is more: it is necessary to shed light on additive manufacturing techniques and composite materials in the maritime sector. There is a lot of confusion about it, and the round table will offer interesting insights into knowledge, reflection and understanding of the most recent developments in these technological fields.”

Windform materials

CRP Technology will explain how the Windform composite materials, originally developed for the motorsports industry, are now finding many uses in other highly performing and demanding sectors, thanks to their mechanical characteristics and selective laser sintering technology.

“The nautical sector is one of these sectors. But it is necessary to debunk a false myth: for example, many people believe that the hull of a boat can be built via 3D printing, just because nowadays 3D printing is even more often analogous to the word composite,” added Cevolini.

Prototype manufactured by CRP Technology on behalf of Livrea Yacht Italia, SLS technology and carbon fibre reinforced composite material Windform XT 2.0. © CRP Technology

“The subject is actually more complex, and it needed to be clarified. Laser Sintering technology and Windform materials allow for the manufacturing of wind tunnel and water tunnel mock-ups, finished and functional parts and prototypes for marine equipment applications, highly customised, avoiding the construction of moulds, and with no limits in design. I mean: small parts or elements on the main deck, non-metallic marine motor components, and mock propellers.”

Additive manufacturing

“In fact,” the event organisers added, “there is a great confusion on how and for what purpose to use 3D printing. This year, we propose a round table organised in two sessions. The first one dedicated to topics related to the marine construction and the second one dedicated to a subject very much under scrutiny, the use of 3D printing in boat building. These topics have been selected because we think it is necessary to shed light on the real state-of-the-art 3D printing in the marine industry.”

Prototype manufactured by CRP Technology on behalf of Livrea Yacht Italia, SLS technology and carbon fibre reinforced composite material Windform XT 2.0. © CRP Technology

“Thanks to additive manufacturing techniques, the design is now free to perform high grade of geometrical freedom still controlled in terms of mechanical performance by the computer aided design. This opens new solutions for manufacturing design, shifting the prototyping into the production field. The round table offers an opportunity for technicians and yacht designers to exchange knowledge and ideas, while also giving the public a chance to interact with the speakers and gain a better understanding of the latest technical topics.”

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