Innovation in boating comes from all over the world . . . including Sicily! Who knew that the first 3D printed racing sailboat would come from here. Bring it on!

Ocore in Sicily recently announced the development of a completely 3D printed sailboat in partnership with Livrea Yacht. The boat will compete in the next Mini-Transat, a sailing race spanning 4000 miles from La Rochelle, France, to Le Marin, Martinique. The race will take place in the Fall of 2019.

Ocore 3D printers resemble robotic arms that “spray” carbon feedstock to 3D print the boat.

Ocore, which has large-scale 3D printing facilities in Sicily, teamed up with Circolo della Vela Sicilia as a sponsoring yacht club. The boat is a Mini 6.5, which is about 21 feet long and 10 feet wide. This class of boat is high perfomance with specifications that enable a wide range of skippers and teams to participate.

Corporate sponsors include Lehvoss Group, a global chemical company, as well as Prysmian Group, a manufacturer based in Milan. Ocore is also partnering with Autodesk, which no doubt helps provide the software for designing and rendering the new boat.

Key to this development is having larger scale 3D printers with partners who want to define the future. It’s all coming together in Sicily for a sailboat you cannot refuse.

The 6.5 Mini Transat boat takes shape after piecing together sections that are 3D printed.