CRP Technology debuts at METSTRADE 2018

CRP Technology debuts at METSTRADE 2018
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During the round table held on 14th November, Windform® composite materials and Laser Sintering technology will be presented with a focus on their use in the maritime industry

For the first time CRP Technology, the world-leading in Selective Laser Sintering technology (or SLS) with its patented high performance composite materials Windform®, will be attending MetsTrade 2018, the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems. It will be held from 13th to 15th November at RAI l’International Exhibition and Congress Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

CRP Technology will be attending the second session of the round table on boat construction and materials, organized by MetsTrade in collaboration with Studio Pegorari in Milan. The second session will be focused on the use of 3D printing in boat building and it will be held on Wednesday 14th November at the Construction Material Pavilion, room D201 Elicium, from 10:00 am.

We have been invited to take part in the event – states Franco Cevolini, CTO CRP Technology – and we accepted with pleasure. Since the first edition, the round table has aroused great interest among yacht designers and technicians, and this year the success will repeated.
But there is more: it is necessary to shed light on additive manufacturing techniques and composite materials in the maritime sector. There is a lot of confusion about it, and the round table will offer interesting insights into knowledge, reflection and understanding of the most recent developments in these technological fields”.

CRP Technology will explain how the Windform® composite materials, originally developed for the motorsports industry, are now finding many uses in other highly performing and demanding sectors, thanks to their mechanical characteristics and selective laser sintering technology.

The nautical sector – Cevolini added – is one of these sectors. But it is necessary to debunk a false myth: for example, many people believe that the hull of a boat can be built via 3D printing, just because nowadays “3D printing” is even more often gathered to the word “composite”. The subject is actually more complex, and it needed to be better explained. Laser Sintering technology and Windform® composite materials allow for the manufacturing of wind tunnel and water tunnel mock-ups, finished and functional parts and prototypes for marine equipment applications, even customized, avoiding the construction of molds, and with no limits in designing. I mean (but not limited to): small parts or elements on the main deck, marine motor housing, propellers”.

In fact – the event organizers added – there is a great confusion on how and for what purpose to use 3D printing. This year, we propose a round table organized in two sessions.  A first one (on Tuesday the 13th of November at 2:00 pm) dedicated to topics related to the marine construction and a second one dedicated to a subject very much under scrutiny, that is the use of 3D printing in boat building. These topic has been selected because we think that is necessary to shed light on the real state of the art of 3D printing in the marine industry.
The presentations will try to give scientific information about a technology that is not magic, but that surely will bring benefits to the marine industry.
Thanks to additive manufacturing techniques, the design is now free to perform a high grade of geometrical freedom still controlled in terms of mechanical performances by the computer aided design proceedings. This opens new solutions for design manufacturing, shifting the prototyping into the production field. The round table offers an opportunity for technicians and yacht designers to exchange knowledge and ideas, while also giving the public a chance to interact with the speakers and gain a better understanding of the latest technical topics”.

Moderator of the second session is Aaron S. Porter, Editor, Professional BoatBuilder magazine
The panelists are: Gabriele Natale – moi Composites; Jose’ Antonio Almenara – CRP Technology; Massimo Musio Sale – SUPERFICI; Pietro Angelini – The REVYTA Project


MetsTrade is the international B2B exhibition for the marine leisure industry and has served as a platform for innovation, market developments and networking since our launch in 1988. In addition to the overall leisure marine industry, it caters for three specialist sectors, namely Superyachts, Marinas and Yards and Composites.