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Could leakproof caravans be around the corner? 5 days 8 hours ago #475200

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With the very rapid progress in 3D printing the University of Maine have " 3D printed" a sizeable boat. As costs come down and printing speed/size increases could the next generation of caravaners look forward to caravans that have 100% body watertight integrity, albeit with windows and skylights bonded in that are hopefully watertight. A quick gain could be to turn the U of Maine boat upside down and put wheels on the other face and you have a mobile camping pod, or just print a roof canopy and think your in a Typhoon jet cockpit :whistle:

www.pressherald.com/2019/10/10/umaine-la...-largest-3d-printer/
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Could leakproof caravans be around the corner? 5 days 7 hours ago #475207

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You can get caravans like the Barefoot with a one piece body using fibre glass and the design might well be the way forward but it is not as cheap as conventional construction. The material does however need to be easily repaired in the event of an accident.
Windows and doors an the like might still be a problem as well.
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Could leakproof caravans be around the corner? 5 days 7 hours ago #475209

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Raywood wrote:
You can get caravans like the Barefoot with a one piece body using fibre glass and the design might well be the way forward but it is not as cheap as conventional construction. The material does however need to be easily repaired in the event of an accident.
Windows and doors an the like might still be a problem as well.

I thought of the Barefoot too... also aren't "regular" caravans built inside out? Interior structures and fittings are added to the chassis and floor, then wrapped in the walls and roof.

Edit: a 3D printed shell could then be dropped over the top... so not completely reinvesting the wheel.
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Could leakproof caravans be around the corner? 4 days 5 hours ago #475232

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I think the barefoot is built and the shell put over it. There have been similar bodies in the past but the idea died out many years back.
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