3D-Printed Concrete Canoe Wins Concrete Canoe Race in Germany

Published by , July 4, 2017 12:23 pm

(TCTMagazine)  The Concrete Canoe Regatta, a two-day long race, takes place in Cologne, Germany, every other year. Over 1,000 participants from universities all over Europe race boats made entirely from concrete on the Rhine river. ETH Zurich, a team of researchers operating in the largest Swiss city, have for the third year in a row won a Design Innovation award. This year, it was for their 3D printed concrete canoe.
The Concrete Canoe Regatta has served ETH as a prototyping framework for emerging research projects. “The 3D printing design and construction process made possible a highly complex concrete skeleton with bones as thin as 15 millimetres in diameter which would be impossible to fabricate with any other digital fabrication technologies. 3D printing, a precious fabrication process, was used minimally, but had significant impact on the overall design,” said ETH.

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