The World's First 3D Printed Kayak

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Anything that's 3D printed is just awesome in my books. Doesn't matter if it's this thing or that thing, it's awesome.

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Leave it up to Jim Smith over at Grass Roots Engineering to take things to the next level with his latest project, a 3D printed sea kayak.

Measuring 16ft 8in and made of ABC plastic, machine screws, brass inserts, and a bit of silicone caulking the kayak is composed of 28, 3D printed sections. The total weight for this bad boy is just less than 65 lbs which includes 6 lbs of screws and hardware.

The boat design is based off a heavily modified version of the Siskiwit Bay by my buddy, Bryan Hansel at

3d printed kayak

Check out for a complete breakdown on the boat specs.

Thanks to Rob for the site tip!

Photo credits:

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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