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3A Composites, STRUCTeam collaborate on boat feasibility studies

The structural design solution provides an instant preliminary study of motor and sail boats between 25 ft and 70 ft long. 3A also has acquired PNG Balsa.

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Posted on: 11/9/2014
Source: CompositesWorld

3A Composites Core Materials (Sins, Switzerland) and STRUCTeam (Cowes, U.K.) reported on Nov. 5 that they have launched a structural design solution that provides an instant preliminary study of motor and sail boats between 25 ft and 70 ft long (7.6m to 21.3m). The solution developed by the team provides a bill of materials and weight estimate compliant with ISO 12215 Category A and ABS guidelines. This enables boat builders and designers to conduct rapid feasibility studies that reduce the cost and complexity of their new boat designs.

 “Decreasing the cost and complexity of structural design without impacting on performance are key drivers behind the development of new boats,” explains STRUCTeam managing director Julien Sellier. “We input the basic dimensions of a motor or sailing yacht between 25 ft and 70 ft plus the designer’s preferred build technology into our software solution. The output is a rapid first calculation of the bill of materials.”

The bill of materials solution enables 3A Composites and STRUCTeam to provide boat builders and designers with valuable information at an early stage of the boat design process. The solution is tailored to the marine industry’s needs and it incorporates the primary technologies used in boat building. Designers can choose composites technologies from 3A Composites’ product range, such as glass or carbon using an infusion process, Balsa, PVC or PET foams.

The solution incorporates the advanced composites expertise of the two partners. 3A Composites brings its leadership in the development and design of sandwich core materials. This includes the company’s wide portfolio of AIREX, BALTEK and BANOVA products.

STRUCTeam, a provider of management and technology solutions within the composites application markets, adds its advanced expertise of marine design and the capabilities of its cloud-based engineering and data tools and services software, CompoSIDE. Their complementary expertise enables the partnership to offer an innovative and comprehensive preliminary design approach to support designers and boat builders.

In other 3A Composites news, the company reports that it has acquired PNG Balsa (Papua, New Guinea). “This is a great addition to the existing businesses of 3A Composites. This acquisition will ensure the future growth of our balsa wood related business,” says Roman Thomassin, CEO of 3A Composites Core Materials. “The combination of these two world class organizations will further improve the quality and accessibility of balsa wood globally. Additionally, this will help all customers to source stable, affordable, high-quality product in the future,” adds Thomassin.

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