Creafrom has worked with several global customers, that take advantage of their portable 3D measurement solutions and know that their 3D scanners can address a wide range of product development challenges and opportunities.

Their latest project features the 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 oldest event in international sports. The Americas Cup, the most important sailing competition in the world stared in 1851.  The cup takes precedence over the modern Olympic Games by 45 years. The next race will take place in Auckland, New Zealand in March 2021.

American Magic called upon Creafrom to become the official 3D Measurement Technologies Supplier for the teams’ 75-foot monohull, capable of reaching speeds of over 50 knots and will race for the America’s Cup.

Developed using aerospace technology from Airbus, the monohull undergoes an amazing transformation when it reaches a certain speed. It 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 required bringing a variety of professionals together from different fields across the globe to address the monohull’s engineering and production challenges, while at the same time working on a deadline. 


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 figure out how they interreacted with one another, how they impacted the monohull’s performance, and what changes had to be made.

While working on the project, Creaform used the HandySCAN 3D, MHOT 3D, MetraSCAN 3D and HandyPROBE CMM to build and design intricate components of a variety of different sizes directly on site.

This 3D printed drill jig let us precisely drill and tap angled holes in some of our frame components.

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