This year’s Material Xperience On Tour presentation at the METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam will be dedicated to inspirational and innovative materials for yacht-building under the theme ‘Floating Future’.

The wide range of themes covered will feature something for every aspect of the leisure marine market, from designers and technicians to trend watchers and manufacturers.

Organised by Materia, the global platform for innovative materials, the event will be held in the Construction Material Pavilion at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.

A number of presentations on the latest materials will be held by Materia’s partners. While some originate in the yacht industry, which has its own history of materials and technologies, the talks will also draw on developments in other sectors for inspiration. This will include smart, recycled and bio-based materials, as well as various digital techniques such as 3D printing.

The materials represented will include exciting developments like origami textiles, luxury leather, 3D printed surfaces, panels made from seagrass, acoustic and fireproof metals, and tiles of recycled plastic recovered from the ocean.

Material Xperience On Tour will also see a series of lectures and presentations organised on the Innovation Stage in Hall 6 throughout the three days of the exhibition.

On Tuesday, November 14, the founder of Ortega Submersibles Daan Pol will talk about the challenges of designing and building a record-breaking submersible for scuba divers from scratch. This vessel has the additional distinction of being the world’s first 3D printed submarine.

In a similar vein, René Ritmeijer, chief commercial officer at 3D Robot Printing and partner at 010works, will talk about the possibilities for 3D printing of boats in the near future. Ritmeijer’s presentation will take place at 10:30 on November 16.

Materia’s founder and creative director Els Zijlstra will take to the stage on November 15 and again at 14:30 on November 16. Entitled ‘Floating Future’, her presentation will focus on the overarching theme of the whole event and specifically the ways in which the yachting industry can be inspired by innovations and developments in other sectors.