For nearly 30 years, 12-Meter yachts took center stage at the America’s Cup. The last 12-Meter was built in the late ’80s, but a meticulously restored fleet of “Twelves” continues to race in Newport, RI, thanks to a group of enthusiastic owners.
Enterprise (US 27), built in 1977, is the latest 12-Meter to undergo restoration. This includes adding a newly redesigned, fully optimized keel. Sparkman and Stephens was engaged to do a performance analysis and design the new keel; Symmetrix was brought in to create an accurate pattern.
The Symmetrix pattern will be used by the Broomfield foundry to create a cast concrete mold. Lead is poured into this mold to create the keel.
Twelve Meters race under a complex rating rule that takes many factors into consideration, including weight and volume of underwater surfaces. Precise shaping of the mold is critical; if it’s off by even a fraction of an inch, too much (or too little) lead will be used, throwing off the keel weight. Symmetrix’s precise CNC shaping of the pattern ensures that the molds are accurate, which in turn ensures that the keel meets the size and weight calculated by Sparkman and Stephens.
The refit of Enterprise will be completed this spring, in time for the 2018 racing season.
“An unprecedented fusion of art, architecture, design, location, and luxury,” is how Zaha Hadid Architects describe its 62-story residential tower, One Thousand Museum, currently under construction in Miami. Symmetrix’s Composite Innovation Center in Nevada is creating the molds that Kreysler & Associates will use to construct FRP panels featured on the top floor of this fascinating architectural project.
The panels will become a wall that arches up and over the pool and event spaces located in the Aquatic Center at the top of the building. Not only does this wall curve from floor to ceiling; it has a water drop pattern that continues around all four sides of the building.
The direct-to-mold tooling is comprised of 65 unique parts. The tooling is optimized to deliver the high aesthetic requirements for the project as well as to meet their production schedule.
The curved wall is just one incredible detail in this ground-breaking project. Its overall construction is so challenging that the building is featured on the PBS series “Impossible Builds.” Construction of One Thousand Museum is scheduled for completion later this year.
The Symmetrix Composite Tooling team is proud to announce the opening of our second full-service Composites Innovation Center in Carson City, Nevada. read more…
“Scotty joins the Symmetrix team at an important time in the company’s growth,” says John Barnitt, President of Symmetrix Composite Tooling. “His deep understanding of composite materials and tooling design, along with his business and project management skills, will allow us to continue to offer exceptional customer service to our growing list of clients as we expand our capabilities and capacity.”
In his new capacity of Vice President, Scott will work with our existing clients as well as in business development. Scott brings an extensive background in composites technology to the Symmetrix team. He was most recently Chief Operating and Technical Officer of the Southern Spars Group and President of its Future Fibres LLC division. During his career with Southern, which included previous positions as lead engineer and division manager, Scott not only designed innovative composite structures using a variety of materials and methods but was instrumental in the business becoming an industry-leading global brand. His significant projects included the development and commercialization of the highly successful and game-changing ECsix carbon rigging product, and more recently the expansion of their composites manufacturing expertise in Sri Lanka.
“Coming from a business where customers put an equally high value on fit and form as well as function, I know that the success of any composite manufacturing process begins with good tooling,” says Scott. “Symmetrix clients leverage a commitment to technology, craftsmanship, and service that I look forward to helping bring to a wider audience.”
Scott has an engineering degree in Naval Architect from the New York Maritime College. The competitive sailing community knows him as the long-time bowman for Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup campaigns. He lives with his family in Rhode Island.
Both shows offer great opportunities to talk with both customers and vendors. We look forward to discussing new jobs, new processes, and bringing the two together.
If you would like to schedule a meeting with any of our Symmetrix team, please feel free to reach out to them.
Sometimes we know what we’re shaping – a boat deck, a big surfboard, a massive wind turbine blade – and sometimes we don’t. Normally, when that is the case, it’s because of confidentiality issues. But when Piaggio Fast Forward contacted us about an autonomous “intelligent and nimble cargo vehicle“, it was just because no one knew what this thing was.
Piaggio Fast Forward is an arm of the Piaggio Group, Europe’s largest manufacturer of two-wheeled vehicles. They set up shop just outside of Boston, and got to work on ” pioneering the intelligent movement of people and goods at just the right scale: larger than aerial drones but smaller than cars and trucks.” The team came to Symmetrix with some videos, a few ideas, and some drawings. They asked for a direct to mold with limited use to use for their prototyping. Over the next few months, with the support of our friends at Leading Edge Composites, Symmetrix provided the tools needed for Piaggio to create their self-driving suitcase prototype.
The buzz has been exciting around this innovative technology – from Wired to The Economist to the Wall Street Journal. Future plans include commercial production and a new, slightly larger sibling for the Gita – the Kilo. We wish them the best of luck as they work towards their autonomous cargo vehicle.