Shaping the World's Largest Surfboard

For Visit Huntington Beach and the Epic Big Board Ride (USA), Symmetrix shaped one big stick.

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Scott Vogel Joins Symmetrix Composite Tooling Team

Please join us in welcoming Scott Vogel to the Symmetrix team.

“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.

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.

Piaggio Fast Forward and the Gita

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.

 

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.

MJM 35z Tooling Nears Completion

In June of 2016, Symmetrix starting crafting tooling for MJM Yachts. Designed by Zurn Yacht Design and to be built by Boston Boatworks, the MJM35z will be a “better performing outboard” built using a wet prepreg, post cure epoxy composite structure. What Symmetrix saw was a complex project requiring patterns and molds varying sizes and construction – from traditional Class A FRP tooling to Light RTM – calling for attention to post-cure temperatures, non-skid application, and careful project management. Early discussions centered around the tight schedule and material perimeters. Symmetrix’s agile team kept the line of communication open between Zurn, MJM, and Boston Boatworks, and over the course of the build, our sales, engineers, and production teams exchanged phone calls, emails, and even texts to make sure all parts were moving along as intended.

In the end, Symmetrix produced over 50 patterns and their correlating molds. As the last pieces make their way to Boston, we look forward to our invite for the test run around Boston Harbor.