Competition for 3D-Printed Rescue Boat Hull

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is partnering with Singapore’s National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), Autodesk, ST Engineering’s Electronic sector and AML3D to launch a global design competition offering a first prize of S$30,000 (£17,500) to the winner of the best innovative design idea for a 3D-printed rescue boat hull. 

This will be the first-ever full-scale rescue boat to be delivered by 3D printing.

Large-scale 3D printing allows for complete design freedom versus conventional manufacturing and enables development of better performing complex hull structures, and the ability to embed advanced control systems and sensors, pushing the boundary of what’s possible in traditional shipbuilding.

Launched by NAMIC, the competition is the first part of a three-phase project to build and qualify a 3D-printed rescue boat hull with autonomous sensors.  

Further details on the competition’s rules and guidelines can be found here.

The winning design will be part of a research exercise with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore, embedding sensors and integrating autonomous navigation systems provided by ST Electronics. This incubation and design appraisal phase is expected to last around a year, after which it will be manufactured by AML3D and qualified by LR.

The first-prize winner will be awarded S$30,000, and second- and third-prize winners will get S$20,000 and S$10,000, respectively.

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