3D-Printed Boat Inspires Marine Industry


Italian start-up 3D printing company Moi Composites recently unveiled its latest project, a Motor Additive Manufacturing Boat—known as MAMBO—at the 2020 Genoa International Boat Show.

What makes MAMBO so unique? Well, she’s the world’s first 3D-printed fiberglass boat.

Creating MAMBO

According to Moi, MAMBO was created using patented continuous fiber manufacturing technology, a process innovation that combines advanced materials and 3D printing with robots to make ultra-durable, lightweight products without molds or waste. The company adds that the project could be the next generation of boat design and manufacturing.

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Posted by 3D Printing Creative on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Starting from a three-dimensional model of the object, robot machines deposit continuous fibers impregnated with thermosetting resin. The decision to utilize the CFM technology reportedly allows for the creation of fiber-reinforced products with mechanical characteristics comparable to those of unidirectional fiberglass, without the aid of models, molds or other tooling equipment. It also makes it possible to obtain not only prototypes, but real products in small lots or unique pieces, efficiently and cost-effectively according to Moi.

The sections of MAMBO were printed using two KUKA Quantec High Accuracy robots at Moi Composites’ headquarters, as well as at an Autodesk’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility in the United Kingdom, exemplify on-site manufacturing. Once completed, the pieces were shipped to the Catmarine shipyard where they were joined and laminated into a one-piece structure.

“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,” said Gabriele Natale, CEO and Co-founder of Moi Composites. “We 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.”

Once assembly commenced, MAMBO was recorded to measure 6.5 meters long (roughly 21 feet long) and 2.5 meters wide, with a dry weight of approximately 800 kilograms (about 1,764 pounds). The vessel is equipped with a 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, on which organic forms chase each other and are transformed into structural and functional elements.

Moi’s partners in the MAMBO project include a team of global experts in automation, composite materials, and the nautical industry: Autodesk, Catmarine, Confindustria Nautica, Mercury Marine, MICAD, Osculati and Owens Corning.

To date, MAMBO represents the first boat made with innovative three-dimensional production techniques to be used in real navigation.


Tagged categories: 3D printing; 3D Printing; Asia Pacific; Composite Manufacturing; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Fiberglass; Latin America; North America; Program/Project Management; Ships and vessels; Z-Continents

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