To 3D print a fiberglass boat, a process called “fiberglass reinforced plastic” (FRP) printing is used. Using a 3D printer to mold the boat’s hull and then laying down layers of fiberglass-reinforced resin to build the structure. Once the resin has cured, the mold is removed, and the final product is a solid fiberglass boat.
There are a few advantages to 3D printing a fiberglass boat for greater design flexibility, as complex shapes and curves can be easily created using 3D modeling software. Also, 3D printing technology can reduce the time and labor required to manufacture a boat, resulting in cost savings. Eventually, using fiberglass-reinforced resin can result in a strong and durable boat resistant to water and UV damage.
Yet, there are also some challenges to 3D printing a fiberglass boat. Firstly, the size of the printer can limit the size of the boat that can be produced. Moreover, the FRP printing equipment can be expensive, making it inaccessible for some boat manufacturers. Finally, there may be regulatory issues, as regulations for 3D-printed boats may not yet exist in some regions.
In general, 3D printing technology has the potential to revolutionize the boat manufacturing industry, offering new design possibilities and cost savings. However, some challenges remain to overcome before 3D-printed fiberglass boats become widespread.
An Italian company created the world’s first 3D-printed fiberglass boat, ‘Mambo,” As mentioned by Italian firm Moi Composites, they created MAMBO (short for Motor Additive Manufacturing Boat) to show off its 3D-printing capabilities, specifically a process called “continuous fiber manufacturing.”