A 3D Printed Boat

Booglejr | 02/05/2018
A 3D Printed Boat

Trying to get boats to sail can be a lot of fun. I personally wanted to see if a miniature canoe that I had modeled would float. So with my trusty 3D printer, some hot glue, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, scotch tape, and sticky notes my epic boat creation was complete. After it was printed and assembled that is.

The Sailing:

It was finally time to watch it sail. Unfortunately, just around the time I finished up building it, it had started to rain. The rain proceeded consistently until 3:00 in the afternoon the next day. It was in one of though drizzling modes where it kept dripping but slowed drastically compared to a few hours before. Despite that, I decided it was time for it to sink or swim. Ideally though, it would float. I placed the tiny boat in the water and it didn''''t look like it was going anywhere. Then, all of the sudden it zoomed off. It was a very inspiring moment that it actually floated despite the contradictions proposed by my friends.

The Prosperous:

The next few launches never made it more than about 6 feet before they sank. A very dismaying fact. However, I did not give up hope and I printed a new boat that was a scaled up version of the previous one. I questioned whether this boat would sink or not, but I decided to try and float it anyway. I basically used the same method I had the last successful time. But this time I gave a name, The Prosperous. I set it out and it floated all night. I decided that next time I would add a LED candle to it. That way I would be able to see it at night. When I sailed in again, I replaced the wood floating assists with 3D printed hollow barrels. These were useful in keeping the ship afloat especially with the added weight. When night-time came I took a walk around the lake and I was able to see the boat because of the LED light. The adventures have not yet begun to begin. (If that last line didn''''t make any sense look up ''''John Paul Jones''''.)

Building Your Own Boat:

If you are interested in building your own boat, there are many projects available on Thingiverse. However, if you want to build this boat you can use my files provided on Thingiverse, Canoe.

What you need:

  • 1 boat.
  • 2 floating assists.
  • Hot glue.
  • 3 popsicle sticks.
  • 1 Sticky note.

Assembly is quite simple just look at the picture above. If you want to use the floating assists put them where the stacked popsicle sticks are.

And as always, have a good day!