3D Printed fiberglass boat, the new-age boat did its debut. Moi Composites, at the Geneva Boat Show 2020, unveiled this world’s first fiberglass boat.
Moi Composites is a tech start-up company that prints 3D custom products using advanced composite materials. This fiberglass boat is a first-ever real functional boat purely designed with 3D print in fiberglass thermoset material. The boat has a sleek blue colour coated and is the major attraction in the boat show.
Digitally Crafted 3D Printed Fiberglass Boat
MAMBO represents the pure class of 3D Printing and carries an innovative shape. It is an intricate design that is quite difficult to get if manufactured. This digitally crafted 3D printed fiberglass boat has patented technology, Continuous Fiber Manufacturing (CFM). The CFM is known for manufacture integrated 3D printed parts instantly. Products made using CFM are strong, ultra-durable and lightweight.
During the press, meet at the Geneva Show 2020, Gabriele Natale, CEO & Co-founder of Moi Composites, said, “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. We saw the project take shape first, then brought it to life, and finally, MAMBO arrived today at 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 allow everyone to understand and experience the sea in their way. All this would not have happened without the support of our partners, who believed with us in this ambitious project.”
MAMBO, 3D Printed Fiberglass boat comes with the measurement of 6.5 meters long by 2.5 meters wide, has a dry weight of approximately 800 kg, and is equipped with a simple navigation system, cork flooring, white leather seats, and 115 cv engine. It carries a hull which is an inverted tricycle inspired by the famous Arcidiavolo by Sonny Levi
There are various sections 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, to exemplify on-site manufacturing. It is one of the most critical strengths of 3D printing.
The design of this fiberglass boat project conducted by different teams and global partners of other areas like automation, composite materials and nautical industry. Some of the partners are- Autodesk, Catmarine, Confindustria Nautica, Mercury Marine, MICAD, Osculati, and Owens Corning. 3D printing is now being primarily utilised in marine, maritime and naval sectors.
In 2018, Maine Technology Institute (MTi) a business development service awarded $500,000 to the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, enabling researchers to explore ways to economically 3D print boat structures.
The overall design and printing of MAMBO lasted for two months. MAMBO, right from its inception, won an outstanding award in the yachting from Monaco Yachting Cluster’s board. Also, it won the 2020 Mark Challenge.
About Moi Composites
Moi Composites is the leading tech startup that deals in 3D print custom and advanced composite materials. Free of molds and time constraints, Moi’s patented process innovation helps to produce strong and unique objects.