Q&A: MICHELE TONIZZO CO-FOUNDER OF MOI COMPOSITES

3D Printing Industry | 9/20/2018 | Tia Vialva
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Moi Composites, an Italian 3D printing hub, has developed and patented technology, known as Continuous Fiber Manufacturing (CFM), to additively manufacture high-performance thermosetting composites.

CFM uses Atropos, a custom 6-axis robotic arm from KUKA, with digital fabrication technology, including Autodesk Netfabb software to create parts with extreme mechanical performances specified for commercial, civilian and military applications.

Professor - Marinella - Levi - Materials - Engineer

In 2014, Professor Marinella Levi, Materials Engineer at the Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano), established the collaborative 3D printing laboratory +LAB after working with the technology for over a year. Seeking colleagues to aid in a multidisciplinary approach to 3D printing, Levi partnered with Design Engineer Gabriele Natale, and Architect Michele Tonizzo to form Moi Composites in 2018.

3D Printing Industry caught up with Tonizzo, Co-Founder of Moi Composites to learn more about this new venture and its proprietary technology.

Michele - Tonizzo - Architect - Researcher - +LAB

Michele Tonizzo, Architect, Researcher at the +LAB, and Co-Founder of Moi Composites. Photo via +LAB.

3D Printing Industry: What prompted Moi Composite founders to investigate commercial 3D printed parts?

Michele - Tonizzo - Materials - Manufacturing - Potentialities

Michele Tonizzo: We wanted to give to composite materials the manufacturing potentialities of 3D printing (e.g. digital fabrication, absence of mold, shape freedom, etc.) while giving 3D printing the ability to process a high-performance class of materials that is thermosetting composites.

The idea originally came from our encounter with the nautical sector that still heavily relies on hand lamination processes. Our technology has the freedom of producing one-off boats and extremely customized parts. From there we’ve been contacted by international companies with whom we initiated collaborations in multiple markets that already use composites (e.g. aerospace, automotive, biomedical, oil gas, etc.) making us discover the potentialities of our CFM technology that gives a solution to a huge problem: producing small series and tailor-made parts with high-performance materials.

Industry - CFAM - Chosen - Technology

3D Printing Industry: Why is CFAM your chosen technology?

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