The Moat Boat Paddle Battle Returns To World Maker Faire

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The Moat Boat Paddle Battle Returns To World Maker Faire


The Moat Boat Paddle Battle — which began last year at Bay Area Maker Faire and World Maker Faire New York — is back again to challenge you to design the fastest boat in the moat! This event was a huge hit last year, and brought designers young and old together for a little friendly competition.

Contestants must design their own boats (or try out some sample designs) using any CAD tool they like, and then 3D print their boat to bring to the race. All boats must be powered by elastic (such as rubber bands) and can’t use electric or combustion motors. Each race is a head-to-head battle between two contestants down the 12 foot long trough, a task that leaves many boats not far from the starting line. The boats themselves can be no greater than 8 inches long and 6 inches wide and at least 80% 3D printed, with the paddle or propellor being completely 3D printed.

To help ramp up the competition, there is a great prize waiting for the winning boat creator, a brand new 3D printer from SeeMeCNC! The SeeMeCNC team is known throughout the 3D printing community for producing open source delta 3D printers with a huge and loyal community following.

Participation in the Moat Boat Paddle Battle is free to all World Maker Faire attendees, but you must register ahead of time to be part of the races. This year there is only one class of racers with all age ranges competing together.

To find out more and to register for the competition go to

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Matt is a community organizer and founder of 3DPPVD, Ocean State Maker Mill, and HackPittsburgh. He is Make's digital fabrication and reviews editor.

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