This is the “feedback” part of the site, snippets from emails and other forms of communication.
The Number of Successes for 3D Printed Yachts is Rising Rapidly
First of all a huge THANK YOU for the inspiration your site provides. Especially the spiral vase method was the key for me to achieve usable hulls. I printed Andreas Hoffmann’s manta2017 RG65 design and was very surprised to find myself on 3rd place of 15 in the Southern German RG65 ranking event on August 6th.
My findings are the same as yours – the inherent roughness of the hull printed in 0.2 mm layers does not slow the boat down at all. I use the hulls as they come off the printer. Even the designer Andy Hoffmann himself (he came second) was very impressed after sailing my boat for a couple minutes.
Just Like The Internet
Wow! I’ve seen Selwyn’s 3D boats sailing/racing and I’ve gotta say this is like when the internet first hit 27 years ago:
- Initially everyone was sceptical
- Everyone “bagged it”
- It then proved itself to be a “game changer”
- Everyone wanted it
- It becomes mainstream and everyone accepts it as “the normal” from where the next breakthrough comes from
From the web site: “3D printed boats”
(Snippets from the RCsailing.net forum)
For the past year or so, I’ve been collaborating with my Australian friend, Selwyn Holland, in what we think is a project that represents the future of Open Class development.
That may sound like hyperbole, but we have been able to combine my design work and Selwyn’s engineering to produce 3D-printed boats. I realize that a number of you have printed fittings successfully, and some have experimented with hulls, but Selwyn’s extensive experimentation and testing have made 3D printing a viable alternative to any other construction method…and a better one than most.
Here is a picture of one of our RG65 prototypes on the water:
If that intrigues you, check out his new website here: https://3dprintedradioyachts.com
Still having fun with toy boats……….Bill
(Bill is a long term designer and advocate of all things RC Yachts from the US)
Yes I’m intrigued and skeptic at the same time, but always curious !
Most intriguing me are the weight, strength and costs once applied to a larger boat like a class M.
Ageing effects ?
I shall read the content of the link…
I understand the skepticism…but this really works. The largest boat we have on the water is an IOM…but Selwyn will be doing a 10R when time permits. A couple of test hulls were printed. Eventually, I think we will do all of the International classes.
The weight and strength are no problem…comparable to carbon hulls. We waited to go public with this until we (mostly Selwyn) worked out the kinks and until we had boats that proved they could win races. Once the initial investment is made in the technology, printing a hull is dirt cheap. Of course, this is too new to know about the effects of aging.
Since you already have the CAD skills, you just need to find a friend (like I did) who has a good printer. Even working across the globe, Selwyn can ask me for a change, I can do it and send it via email, and he can have it printing the next day. The slowest part of our turnaround time is when he has to send me stuff through snail mail.
I just Googled about UV resistance…turns out PLA is highly resistant to UV radiation.
Printing my own RG
This is excellent. I’m in the process of hopefully printing out an RG of my own. Reading through your site, I’ve gained some helpful insights and look further to your further posts. There are a couple things I’d like to talk to you about. I won’t be there on Saturday as I’ll be up at Lake Macquarie for IOM#2. But looking to catch up with you sometime.
(Secretary of the Wollongong Model Yacht Club, Australia)
Nice site & great that you’ve received so many visits.
Lookin’ good there, son. 🙂
(Long term RC sailor, Australia)
No Strings Attached
Just had a look at the website after your enthusiasm for the future of 3D printing in RC yachting this afternoon.
You should be proud of your achievements and ground breaking methodology which you are quite happy to share with no strings attached!
I tip my hat to you well done and keep up the great work!
(long term big boat sailor and now RC. 25 years as Club Captain at the Port Kembla Sailing Club, NSW, AUS)
Not A Single Drop Of Water…
Well Selwyn, I have more good news!
I was admiring one of the hulls yesterday, thinking I actually prefer the finish from the printer, without the epoxy coat. And with your awesome printing skills, it looked really tight. So I put a pound of lead in it, taped up the ends, and floated it in the laundry tub…oops, I mean the test tank. Left it there for 12 hours. Opened it up this morning and there is not a single drop of water in it…not one drop!
Awesome job, my friend………..thanks.