Robot aids 3D printing of boat hull

A robot cell installed by CNC Robotics at Autodesk’s Advanced Design & Manufacturing Facility in Birmingham has been busy producing part of the hull for a 3D-printed boat. With a striking design that includes wave-inspired sides and a fin-like form that tapers toward the stern, MAMBO (motor additive manufacturing boat) is a boat like no other, both in its distinctive looks and its use of fibre-reinforced plastic by 3D printing.

Milan-based Moi Composites collaborated on the design of the boat with Autodesk, which provided its Fusion 360 and Netfabb software. Construction of various hull sections took place in both Birmingham and Milan using continuous-fibre manufacturing with robots on both sites. The 3D printing process gives greater durability and performance, while also saving material.

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