Image icon  The Topper and Toucan boats

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Description: This is a photograph showing prototype of the Toucan boat, a larger boat made using injection moulding, compared with the Topper at left. Although the lower hull was moulded in one piece, the structure was by its very nature, an open-sided shell. The deck was positioned below the top of the hull, and was itself composed of several subsidiary moulded parts. So the project involved more than the two tools needed for the Topper, in itself increasing the development costs. The project was eventually abandoned following poor performance in trials, showing the limits of plastic materials when simply used to copy existing conventional designs without allowing for the problem of high flexibility.
Keywords: Topper boat • dinghy • glass reinforced plastic • GRP • polypropylene • hull • deck • lightweight • design • composite • image
Categories: Materials > Polymers & elastomers
Materials > Polymers & elastomers > Plastics
Materials > Polymers & elastomers > Plastics > Thermoplastics > Polypropylene (PP)
Applications > Sports & leisure
Other topics > Design
Created by: Mike Levers, The Open University
The Open University
Published by: The Open University
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Date created: 09 March 1998
Date added: 15 December 2010
Resource ID: 3302