KUKA robots are revolutionizing boatbuilding: MAMBO is the first boat to come out of a 3D printer
Strikingly blue and lightweight: these are the characteristics of MAMBO – the first fiberglass boat to be produced entirely by KR QUANTEC robots by means of 3D printing. The Italian startup company Moi Composites is thus setting new standards in boatbuilding – in order to be unique.
17 December 2020
Automated 3D printing in boatbuilding
With the aid of KUKA, the fiberglass boat takes shape
All individual components of MAMBO are made of glass fibers, printed in 3D using the Continuous Fiber Manufacturing (CFM) process patented by Moi Composites. This innovative 3D printing process starts as a three-dimensional model that is processed by software and implemented using robots such as the KR QUANTEC. In this way, the KR QUANTEC can process continuous fibers that are impregnated with thermosetting resin.
CFM not only saves unnecessary weight but also enables a core to be printed that increases the stability of the boat. The technology offers further advantages, too: real-time curing without the need for specific molds. This reduces costs and lowers the profit threshold for companies even in the case of small – or even varying – batches.
“We have 3D printed a boat to give everyone the opportunity to experience the sea in their own way. Moi is broadening the spectrum of design possibilities by creating a one-of-a-kind boat in accordance with the owner’s wishes.”