Rotterdam start-up unveils new 3D printed boats

Rotterdam-based start-up RAW Idea has unveiled a new 3D printed boat designed to make the hobby more sustainable and accessible to customers.

Technology to make boat ownership more sustainable and affordable

Living in the Netherlands, it’s quite likely that you sat down to enjoy a sunny summer day, hoping to make the most of the (fleeting) warm weather and thought to yourself “today would be a nice day to be on a boat.”

The reality is that while a cruise along the canals of Amsterdam – or any other Dutch city – is a great way to pass the time on a sunny day, it can also be an expensive excursion. Either you have to go through the hassle of renting a boat (i.e. if you manage to catch one in time) or you have to own your own. A start-up in Rotterdam hopes to change that and has turned to innovative technology to make boat ownership more accessible and sustainable.

Dutch company unveils 3D printed river boats

RAW Idea recently unveiled its brand new 3D printed boats which the makers say sell for around half the price of a traditional boat of the same size. The smallest models – the Tanaruz DS – are between 4.5 and 7.5 meters long, with prices starting at 15,000 euros. The company hopes that over time, prices will come down as production increases.

Through the company’s app, customers can also customize their order, choosing the color and design of their boat before buying it. The boats are printed using recycled plastics, making them a more sustainable alternative to conventional riverboats and mini-yachts, but also extremely durable.

“We aim to reconnect with nature, quality time, and most importantly, the environment,” the company says on the Tanaruz website. “Thanks to our advanced 3D printing technology and recyclable materials, boats can be shredded and reprinted so nothing goes to waste.

Pictures via Tanaruz.

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