In the world of very, very rich people, Shahid “Shad” Khan is very near the top of the pecking order. Khan, the Pakistani-American billionaire who owns NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars, former English Premier League team Fulham F.C., and automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate, is very wealthy indeed.
The bowsprit is a likely location for displaying the trappings of success, and Khan selected a piece that would summarize his passions. So he chose a mammoth model of a jaguar: 13.5 feet long and 6 feet tall, positioned with one paw in the air and the other resting on a Jacksonville Jaguars helmet.
And it looks mighty majestic, adding a striking styling cue to the front of Khan’s enormous, Espen Oeino-designed megayacht. The jaguar was printed on Materialise’s huge stereolithography machine and then covered with a metallic outer coating to help protect it from the elements at sea.
Launched in September, Khan’s outlandish ship includes six staterooms, three decks, a helicopter landing pad, and a private sundeck with a pool — and if you’re a person of considerable means, you can charter it for you and your pals. You’ll only need $1.47 million for a week’s ocean-going fun, so there’s that to consider.
The jaguar bowsprit statue weighs in at 220+ pounds, and was created with 5000+ layers of material at .5 millimeters per layer. It also includes more than 10,000 lumens of lighting power shining out through a pair of openings behind the statue’s eyes.
The big cat was built in a single-piece via Materialise’ unique Mammoth Stereolithography technology. Well-known in the automotive industry for producing large prototypes, Materialise now has 10 years of experience in the rapid prototyping business, and the unique machine features a build area of more than 2 meters. The company says Materialise Machine Park houses several such machines capable of producing these mammoth parts.
This system can do more than just print very large parts, it’s also extremely fast and uses a patented “curtain recoating technology” aimed at minimizing “dead time” between the production of each layer.
Parts are constructed layer by layer in a liquid polymer that hardens when struck by a laser beam, and after each layer is complete, a small reservoir moves across the material tank and deposits a film of liquid polymer across the entirety of the vessel.
Can you think of any other ostentatious displays of additive manufactured art which can compete with this enormous jaguar? Let us know in the Shiny Jaguar Superyacht Bowsprit forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video and infographic, below, detailing the jaguar’s construction: