We were excited to see the unveiling of the world’s first 3D-printed fiberglass boat at the 2020 Genova Boat Show this week. MAMBO (Motor Additive Manufacturing Boat) was 3D printed in continuous fiberglass thermoset material by Moi. Moi created the vessel using a patented technology called continuous fiber manufacturing to digitally render the boat.
The boat has a unique shape and measures 6.5m long by 2.5m wide. The hull resembles an inverted tricycle inspired by powerboat designer Sonny Levi, where organic forms seem to flow into structural and functional elements. A sleek, shiny coat of ocean blue colored paint gives the craft the finishing touch. Mambo’s strong, ultra-durable and lightweight body has a dry weight of just 800kg.
MAMBO’s patented technology uses a process innovation combining advanced material and 3D printing with robots to make strong, powerful, lightweight products on demand, mold free and waste free. Traditional composite boat production is expensive and lengthy due to the required molds, labor and materials, and is limited to standard shapes.
We applaud innovations such as Moi’s being applied to the boating industry. MOI is a tech start-up that 3D prints custom, powerful products using robots and advanced composite materials. They were founded in Italy 2018 as a spinoff of Politecnico di Milano University.