Taking a design from a concept to a physical artifact that exists in the real world is exhilarating. With the analysis and design help from SOLIDWORKS and solidThinking Inspire, the kayak frames are now optimized for 3D printing. The next step is choosing the proper 3D printing technology and options to build our parts.
There are lots of factors that go into producing a physical object from your 3D digital file including materials and support, print resolution, print density, print orientation, scale, speed, and so on. A great proof-of-concept for large projects like the kayak is to actually scale down the part sizes and print a smaller prototype to attempt assembly on. That way any unforeseen issues that might arise are still minor because they are on the small scale model, and the models can be updated without issue.
After our smaller scaled proof-of-concept kayak printed and assembled with ease, it was time to start the real parts. In this final video of the four-part kayak series we show you the nitty-gritty details of 3D printing our kayak design on Stratasys Fortus machines. Watch to learn everything from the building and support materials chosen, to the entire kayak assembly process, and see how the kayak fares on its maiden voyage in the Atlantic Ocean.