How 3D printing is revolutionizing deck equipment: the case of Ubi Maior

3d printingAfter several years of experimentation and prototypes with high production costs (and therefore difficult to commercialize) we can say that 3D printing has definitely landed in the nautical world: While some progress still needs to be made in shipbuilding (HERE we told you about the guys at OCore who 3d print parts for hulls, HERE instead the first fully 3D printed boat in Texas), the world of accessories benefits most. Also in Italy.

Ubimaior, for example, was among the first companies to do so, deciding to Buy a “powder” printer from production, which makes the pieces created stronger and more durable. “With AM (Active Manifacturing) technology, unique pieces can be made quickly which, with longer, more traditional design and manufacturing techniques, would take forever. And above all, 20 percent lighter, as well as with greater torsional rigidity,” says Raffaele Di Russo, corporate brand manager of Ubi Maior Itlia.

The first mass-produced products to benefit from this technology are the X3M blocks, which have been improved by the ability to make hollow bodies, thus improving structural behavior under torsional load while maintaining low weight. “To put it bluntly,” explains Di Russo, corporate brand manager of Ubi Maior Italia, “a model with a 32-mm pulley weighs only 58 grams and has a breaking strength of up to 3,000 kg, one with a 120-mm pulley weighs 1.74 kg and breaks at 30,000!“. The connection between loop and t-bone (on all titanium models) has been improved by a new lead.


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