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 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.
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:
- Confindustria Nautica
- Mercury Marine
- 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.
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:
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