Creaform is Official Supplier to Challenger of America's Cup

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Over the years, Creaform has worked with many global customers to leverage the tremendous potential of portable 3D measurement solutions to address a wide spectrum of product development challenges and opportunities.

 

And while 3D scanning isn’t magic, our technologies have definitely worked their magic on our latest prestigious project with New York Yacht Club American Magic, a sailing marvel.

 

What is the American Magic project?

American Magic is the US Challenger for the 36th Americas Cup—the pinnacle of competitive sailing and the oldest event in international sports. First contested in 1851, America’s Cup predates the modern Olympic Games by 45 years. The next race will take place in Auckland, New Zealand in March 2021.

 

American Magic called upon Creaform to become the official 3D Measurement Technologies Supplier for the team’s 75-ft monohull, which is capable of speeds of over 50 knots and will race for America’s Cup.

American Magic Team monohull: the Mule

Developed using aerospace technology from Airbus, which is a clear-cut advantage for sailing, the monohull is certainly a sight to behold; when it reaches a certain speed, it undergoes an astonishing transformation: it literally rises up on hydrofoils and flies across the water. According to sailing connoisseurs, the sport has never before seen a large-scale fully foiling monohull.

 

Designing the monohull to ensure an unprecedented competitive edge was no small feat, simply due to a major limitation: time. American Magic needed to bring together pros from a variety of different fields across the globe to address the monohull’s engineering and production challenges—all while meeting each critical milestone.

 

Using metrology technology to give American Magic a competitive edge

Creaform’s metrology team worked with engineers and sailing experts from around the world to scan high-end carbon fiber components and carry out advanced analyses to determine how they interreacted with each other, how they impacted the monohull’s performance, and what changes had to be made.

 

Throughout the project, Creaform used the HandySCAN 3DMaxSHOT 3DMetraSCAN 3D, and HandyPROBE CMM to build and design intricate components of a variety of different sizes directly on site.

MetraSCAN 3D scanning a moldCreaform is immensely proud to be contributing to the performance of American Magic’s monohull and will be cheering the team on during the race!

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