World’s First 3-D-Printed Powerboat to Debut in Italy This Weekend

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This weekend, Moi Composites will reveal the world’s first 3-D-printed fiberglass boat at the Genoa Boat Show. MAMBO, which stands for Motor Additive Manufacturing Boat, was crafted from continuous fiber manufacturing technology, which deposits fibers into a thermosetting resin. The end result is a material that is just as strong as traditional fiberglass but much easier to shape, making it more cost-effective.

MAMBO is 21.5 feet long with just over 8 feet of beam. It features cork flooring, white leather seating, a high-tech navigation system and a 115cv engine. With a total weight of only 1,763 pounds, it should be speedy, although performance numbers are not yet available.

Moi Composites has not announced any plans to put this innovative 3-D boat into production, but the vessel is hopefully a good first step in getting other builders to utilize this technology. Last year, the University of Maine unveiled the largest boat ever produced by a 3-D thermoplastics printer. 

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