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Case Studies

SurfDev - 3D scanning leads to sailing world cup success


Overview

We were asked to support the development and manufacture of a new Finn class dinghy by using "Rita", Ben Ainslie's Olympic yacht, as a benchmark for future design work.

We began by 3D scanning "Rita" to use as a guide for the new boat. This is detailed in our previous case study HERE.

 

Equipment Used

GOM Atos 5Mp blue light scanner.

GOM Tritop Photgrammetry

GOM professional software.

ICEM surf CAD software. 

Method

The scan data was imported into Icem Surf, our design software of choice. The scan data was then located onto sensible datum’s aligning it symmetrically. We then imported all the digital section templates for the Finn class regulations which all boats must comply with to be allowed to race. 

The client provided realms of knowledge and theories on how they felt the boat’s shape should be to produce a more efficient world class leading yacht. SurfDev then set about making the changes to best combine the optimal hull geometry whilst remaining within the regulation templates; pushing the design to the limit. The beauty of using ICEM Surf software for this kind of project is the freedom of shape manipulation allowing for fast flexible alterations; no other CAD package can offer the degrees of freeform shape control as ICEM Surf. 

The digital model was then rigorously checked and signed off by the client prior to any manufacturing work.

 

Deliverable 

The final CAD model was sent to a CNC specialist to produce the master plug from which the master mould was taken. 

Our client has now manufactured and sold a number of these new yachts, most notably to current world champion; Giles Scott. 

Success for the new design has already come with Giles at the helm, by winning the ISAF sailing World Cup Weymouth 2015. 

 

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