TAHOE Boats builds first hull with Thermwood 3D printed tooling

3ders.org | 1/17/2019 | Staff
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TAHOE Boats, part of White River Marine Group, the marine manufacturing arm of Bass Pro Shops, has announced its new and revolutionary T16 boat design engineered with families in mind. Using innovative 3D printing technology, the T16 delivers a lightweight design and better affordability with an uncompromising commitment to quality and performance.

“The brand new T16 will make watersports and fishing accessible for more families across the country,” said White River Marine Group Marketing Director Maurice Bowen. “Using an innovative design and build process, we’re expanding the market and making this new model lighter, easier to tow and more affordable without sacrificing any of the performance and quality our customers have come to expect.”

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White River Marine Group worked with Thermwood, utilizing Thermwood’s Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system to custom-print the tool used to manufacture the boat’s hull. This is the first time 3D printing has been used on actual boat production at this scale. TAHOE Boats says this boat-building advancement led to greater efficiency in the planning, design and construction of the T16.

Thermwood 3D printed the master pattern for the boat hull at its Development/Demonstration Labs in Dale, Indiana. The pattern was printed in six sections from 20% carbon fiber filled ABS. The joints between the pieces were machined, pinned and bonded together. Then the assembled hull was machined to final size and shape. According to Thermwood, the entire process was completed in ten days. The mold was sent to White River where it was sanded and finished with a proprietary coating.

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Thermwoods says that with its new Vertical Layer Printing, which wasn’t available at the time this mold was made, the...
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