Mambo, the world’s first 3D printed fiberglass boat

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World’s First 3D Printed Fiberglass Boat by Moi Composites Debuts at Genova Boat Show 2020
MAMBO, which stans for Motor Additive Manufacturing Boat, it’s being currently displayed at the 60th edition Genoa Boat Show 2020. Source: Moi Composites.

World’s First 3D Printed Fiberglass Boat by Moi Composites Debuts at Genova Boat Show 2020

Italian start-up Moi Composites has just unveiled the first-ever real functional 3D printed boat made of a continuous fiberglass thermoset material. MAMBO, which stans for Motor Additive Manufacturing Boat, it’s being currently displayed at the 60th edition Genoa Boat Show 2020.

MAMBO signifies the latest in design and production innovation, efficiency, and personalization. Source: Moi Composites
Source: Moi Composites

MAMBO specs

MAMBO spans 6.5 meters long by 2.5 meters wide and has a dry weight of approximately 800 kg. It is equipped with a real navigation system, cork flooring, white leather seats, and 115 cv engine. The hull is an inverted tricycle inspired by the famous Arcidiavolo by Sonny Levi, structural and functional elements.

Moi designed and 3D printed MAMBO in two months and in two countries (Italy & UK). The 6.5m long fiberglass motorboat manufacturing phase was done with Continuous Fiber Manufacturing (CFM) technology.

Moi uses Continuous Fiber Manufacturing (CFM) technology and robots to create MAMBO. Source: Moi Composites

CFM technology involves the use of robotic machines, able to deposit continuous fibers impregnated with thermosetting resin in order to create products with optimized performance, starting from a three-dimensional model of the object. 

In order to achieve the MAMBO project, Moi partnered with the following  leading marine and industry experts:

  • Autodesk
  • Catmarine
  • Confindustria Nautica
  • Mercury Marine
  • MICAD
  • Osculati
  • Owens Corning

The various sections were printed using two KUKA Quantec High Accuracy robots in Milan, at Moi Composites’ headquarters, and in Autodesk’s AMF (Advanced Manufacturing Facility) in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Therefore, the overall project exemplifies on-site manufacturing, considered one of the most important strengths of 3D printing.

Above: MAMBO, the 3D printed fiberglass boat/Image Source: Moi Composites
Above: MAMBO, the 3D printed fiberglass boat/Image Source: Moi Composites

About Moi

Moi Composites, is a tech start-up that 3D prints custom products using advanced composite materials. When it comes about MAMBO, Gabriele Natale, CEO & Co-founder of Moi Composites says the following:

“We participated in the Genoa boat show in 2017, and it was during this event that we came up with the idea of making MAMBO. The team saw the project take shape first, then brought it to life, and finally, MAMBO arrived today at the sea. We have 3D printed a boat, enhancing the concept of customization with a one-of-a-kind design created and tailored from the owner’s mind, to give everyone the opportunity to understand and experience the sea in their own way. All this would not have happened without the support of our partners, who believed with us in this ambitious project.”

Gabriele Natale, CEO & Co-founder of Moi Composites. 

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