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The printer, which was also unveiled, is currently 21 meters long and will grow to 30 meters with an extension.
The world’s largest 3D printer created the largest object ever printed: a ship that, as the University of Maine demonstrated, is worth sailing the ocean.
The institution unveiled a 7.6 meter long ship with a weight of 2,267 kilograms on Thursday that was printed at the University’s Center for Advanced Structures and Composites. It’s an example of how the huge printer can create larger prototypes to assist companies in product development, said Habib Dagher, founding director of the compound center.
“This new printer will allow us to innovate much faster by producing prototypes with greater speed than in the past,” said Dagher.
Senator Susan Collins baptized the ship crashing a bottle of champagne in the bow during the event in Orono, Maine. Afterwards, she and Senator Angus Kling came aboard for a demonstration at the university’s “ocean simulator” W2 Wave-Wind, which looks like a huge indoor pool.
The boat is called 3Dirigo, from the Latin “I direct”.
The printer, which was also unveiled, is currently 21 meters long and will grow to 30 meters with an extension, Dagher said. The University and Oak Ridge Laboratory in Tennessee are collaborating on the printer project.
“It is a very important thing. It is probably the most important day for this university since Stephen King graduated in 1965, ”King joked in reference to the successful author.
The 3D printer is capable of devouring 226 kilograms of polymer cartridges per hour.