World’s first 3D-printed kayak takes to the water

Jim Smith of Grass Roots Engineering has been designing and building his own home-based, large-scale 3D printer since 2008, and the latest modification recently spent over 40 days producing 28 colorful ABS plastic sections that were bolted together to create a kayak. It’s 16.7 ft (5.08 m) long and 1.7 ft (0.52 m) wide, with 28 sections that have been bolted together with machine screws and brass-threaded thermoplastic inserts, and sealed between sections with silicone caulk.

Jim Smith on the water in his 3D-printed kayak (Source: gizmag.com)

Read more by Paul Ridden, gizmag, March 24, 2014