In the 'Getting Animated' technical workshop, the director of Gosling Marine explained how the design world is "battling it out", just as the wider world did over the Windows and Mac operating systems or CDs and MP3s.
But in this context the debate is over which of the four or five 3D printers on the market should take the lead. "In eight years," Gosling predicted, "50 per cent of us will have 3D printers in our homes".
But what does this mean for the superyacht design world? Quite simply, we can 3D print in carbon fibre, which means we can produce light-weight furniture that Gosling predicts could be the "new language" we need to make today's sports yachts go faster. "If we can understand materials' DNA," he added, we can do more with it. "We can play with it", he told a captivated audience.
And for designers, we could be looking at a new era of business. "Buy, send and print" is what Gosling predicts could be the new business model for at-home 3D printing. "For the first time, as designers we won't have to make something and ship it somewhere. It will revolutionise the world."
SuperyachtDESIGN Week is proudly sponsored by Gold level: Awlgrip and Blohm+Voss Shipyards. Silver level: Clyde & Co and OceanLED. Bronze level: Hacker-Craft, Heirlooms, RINA, SA Baxter Architectural Hardware and ZEZ Fabric.