World's first 3D-printed superyacht designed to be 'virtually invisible'

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Designs have been unveiled for the world's first 3D-printed superyacht that can turn itself 'invisible' on the water.

Jozeph Forakis' rule-breaking concept Pegasus features a multi-tiered 'wings' superstructure with mirrored glass reflecting the sky, clouds, and surrounding environment.

The futuristic yacht was conceived on a beach in Koufonisia island, Greece.

"I was inspired to create a yacht as close to the sea and nature as possible, made of clouds floating above the waterline," Forakis said. "I wanted to honour nature by blending into it, becoming virtually invisible."

This desire for "invisibility" drove Forakis to develop a true zero emissions yacht that is "invisible both in design and in her environmental impact".

With characteristic in-depth research, Forakis and his team composed a symphony of selected advanced technologies (existing and currently in development) to achieve unprecedented levels of sustainability, range, and structural integrity.

The 88m superyacht's construction uses robotic 3D printing to create a mesh framework integrating both hull and superstructure. The result is an extraordinarily strong and lightweight structure that can be produced using less energy, material, waste, space, and time compared to conventional construction.