Reshaping the Past: Enterprise Keel

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.

 

 

Shaping the Future with Zaha Hadid

“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.

 

Trade Show Season Is Here

The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) will be in Tampa from September 19-21. John Barnitt, Sean Lane, and Clare Evans will be in Booth 848 in the composites pavilion.

The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) will be in Orlando from December 11 – 14. John Barnitt, Scott Vogel, and Clare Evans will be in Booth G76.

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.

Symmetrix Appoints New General Manager

Please join us in congratulating Clare Evans on her promotion to general manager of Symmetrix Composite Tooling. Clare has been with Symmetrix since 2013 in the role of business development, focusing on sales & marketing, giving her a complete understanding of our customers and their needs, as well as our process, our vendors, and of course the guys on the shop floor. That wealth of experience, combined with her MBA, make Clare the perfect choice to run the company.

As general manager, Clare will be responsible for running the day to day operations. She will continue to work in her marketing and business development roles.

The creation of the General Manager position allows for president John Barnitt to focus on sales and customer support. It also means he can start to take off Sundays.