The world’s first 3D printed fibreglass boat
Designed by Italian design company Moi Composites, the MAMBO (Motor Additive Manufacturing BOat) is said to be the world’s first 3D printed fibreglass boat.
The boat was made of a continuous fibreglass thermoset material, in a unique shape that cannot be achieved with traditional manufacturing. It was digitally crafted with patented 3D printing technology called Continuous Fiber Manufacturing (CFM). This system allows for the 3D printing of continuous fibre composite materials.
The technology uses robotic machines, capable of deposing continuous fibres impregnated with thermosetting resin. The products it makes have mechanical characteristics of those of unidirectional fibreglass, without the need for models, moulds, and other tooling equipment, allowing for the production of unique products cost-efficiently.
The MAMBO spans 6.5 metres (21 ft) long by 2.5 metres (8 ft) wide, with a dry weight of approximately 800 kg (1,764 lbs). It is equipped with a real navigation system, cork flooring, white leather seats, and a 115 cv engine. The hull is an inverted tricycle, inspired by the famous yacht Arcidiavolo by Sonny Levi.
The boat was 3D printed in pieces, which were joined to form a one-piece sandwich structure without hull-deck division.
Photos: Moi Composites Srl