An Italian company created the world’s first 3D-printed fiberglass boat — take a closer look at the sleek ‘Mambo’

  • Startup Moi Composites built a striking vessel it’s calling the first 3D-printed fiberglass boat. 
  • The firm built its Motor Additive Manufacturing Boat — MAMBO for short — to showcase its 3D-printing abilities. 
  • Moi says its “continuous fiber manufacturing” process lets it create unusual shapes that aren’t possible with traditional methods. 
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Recent 3D-printing technology has advanced immensely, with the process now being used to create complex products like houses, face shields, aerospace components, and much more. Now one manufacturing startup just built what it’s calling the very first 3D-printed fiberglass boat. 

Italian firm Moi Composites created MAMBO (short for Motor Additive Manufacturing Boat) to show off its 3D-printing capabilities, specifically a process called “continuous fiber manufacturing.” Moi says the process lets it create shapes that would be too expensive or all-around impossible with traditional manufacturing practices. 

And MAMBO certainly exemplifies that – the striking boat has an organic, flowing design and an “inverted tricycle” shape that looks like nothing else on the water. 

Moi displayed the vessel at the Genoa Boat Show earlier this month, but didn’t release any plans to manufacture it at scale. Learn a bit more about MAMBO below:

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