World’s First 3D Printed Fiberglass Boat

MAMBO (Motor Additive Manufacturing BOat) is the world’s first 3D printed fiberglass boat, designed and 3D printed by Moi Composites, a tech start-up that 3D prints custom, powerful products using robots and advanced composite materials.

Moi Composites Presents World’s First 3D Printed Fiberglass Boat

MAMBO is a uniquely shaped boat thta was digitally crafted in patented 3D printing technology, Continuous Fiber Manufacturing, an innovative system, which, thanks to the use of robots guided by generative algorithms, allows for 3D printing continuous fiber composite materials. The fiberglass thermoset material makes the boat strong, ultra-durable, and lightweight.

The 6.5 meters long by 2.5 meters wide boat has a dry weight of approximately 800 kg, and is equipped with a real navigation system, cork flooring, white leather seats, and 115 cv engine. Its hull is an inverted tricycle inspired by the famous Arcidiavolo by Sonny Levi, on which organic forms are transformed into structural and functional elements.

Moi Composites Presents World’s First 3D Printed Fiberglass Boat

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. The printed pieces were joined and laminated at Catmarine shipyard. The tireless and uninterrupted work of the robots combined with the skill of the craftsmen of the yard have given life to a hybrid and new industrial system. To bring the boat to life, Moi Composites partnered with global experts in automation, composite materials, and the nautical industry: Autodesk, Catmarine, Confindustria Nautica, Mercury Marine, MICAD, Osculati, and Owens Corning.

Continuous Fiber Manufacturing technology requires the use of robotic machines, capable of depositing continuous fibers filled with thermosetting resin. The fiber-reinforced products with mechanical characteristics are comparable to those of unidirectional fiberglass.

Moi Composites Presents World’s First 3D Printed Fiberglass Boat

MAMBO with its design and production methods, furthers hand-made work with modern, digitally-made process, bringing design concepts only dreamed of before to life. Moi Composites expects to showcase the boat at various events around the world and plans to open order books for similar one-of-a-kind, custom 3D printed boats, working with interested boat builders, designers, brokers, owners/clientele, and other key stakeholders. 

Article source: Luxexpose

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