Materials display returns to Metstrade this year

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Organizers said the Material Xperience on Tour presentation at the 2017 Metstrade show in November will be dedicated to inspirational and innovative materials for yacht building under the theme “Floating Future.”

The comprehensive showcase of raw materials is being organized at the Construction Material Pavilion by Materia, a global platform for innovative materials.

Presentations about the latest materials will be held by Materia’s partners. Although some originate in the yacht industry, which has its own history of materials and technologies, the talks also will draw on developments in other sectors for inspiration, including smart, recycled and bio-based materials, as well as digital techniques, such as 3D printing.

The materials represented will include developments such as origami textiles, luxury leather, 3D printed surfaces, panels made from seagrass, acoustic and fireproof metals and tiles of recycled plastic recovered from the ocean.

Material Xperience On Tour also will see a series of lectures and presentations organised on the I-nnovation Stage in Hall 6 throughout the three days of the exhibition. The Metstrade show is set for Nov. 14-16 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center in the Netherlands.

On Nov. 14 Daan Pol, the founder of Ortega Submersibles, will talk about the challenges of designing and building a record-breaking submersible for scuba divers from scratch. The vessel has the additional distinction of being the world’s first 3D printed submarine.

In a similar vein René Ritmeijer, chief commercial officer at 3D Robot Printing and partner at 010works, will talk about the possibilities for 3D printing of boats in the near future. Ritmeijer’s presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Nov.16.

Els Zijlstra, Materia’s founder and creative director, will take to the stage at 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 15 and again at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 16.

Titled “Floating Future,” her presentation will focus on the overarching theme of the event and specifically the ways in which the yachting industry can be inspired by innovations and developments in other sectors.