Oct. 10, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

You’re gonna need a bigger boat? UMaine has printer for that

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ORONO, Maine (AP) — The world’s largest 3D printer and the largest object ever printed have been unveiled at the University of Maine.

The university showed off a 25-foot, 5,000-pound boat Thursday that researchers think is just the beginning of the type of product that companies can bring to the market faster with 3D printing.

The boat was printed at the university’s Advanced Structures & Composite Center. The school and Oak Ridge Laboratory in Tennessee are collaborating on the project, which aims to help businesses innovate with larger, faster prototypes.

The university says Guinness World Records confirmed it’s the world’s largest 3D-printed boat, the largest 3D-printed object and largest prototype polymer 3D printer.

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