In the United States, the University of Maine created the world's largest printed boat on the biggest 3D printer. The boat was named 3 Dirigo after Maine's motto "Dirigo" which in Latin means "I lead". The boat is 7.62 meters long and weighs 2.3 tons. It can fit about seven people. It was created in one solid piece of plastic and cellulose during a nonstop printing over 72 hours and costs about $40,000.
Habib Dagher, director of the Composites Center at the University of Maine, noted that the work is currently underway with local shipbuilders who are potentially ready to supply such advanced technology to mass production.
The printer can print objects up to 30 meters long, 3 meters high and 7 meters wide. Its value is more than $2.5 million. Most of the expenses were covered by the U.S. Army which is going to be the main customer for these printers.
Guinness World Records confirmed it is the world's biggest 3D-printed boat, the largest 3D-printed object and the largest polymer 3D printer.