CMS machining centers help produce composites for BMW ORACLE yacht

The machining centers were used to produce carbon fiber composite structures for the BMW ORACLE trimaran, which won the 33rd America's Cup earlier this month, in Valencia, Spain.

CMS Industries (Caledonia, Mich., USA) has announced its sponsorship collaboration as official supplier of BMW ORACLE Racing (San Francisco, Calif., USA) — the winner of 33rd America's Cup — a relationship that began in 2008 with the supply of a CNC machining center for the manufacture of carbon fiber composite boat parts.

The association with BMW ORACLE Racing has enhanced CMS’s role in the racing field. The number of racing vehicles with composite parts being machined on CMS machining centers reportedly is steadily increasing with the company’s growing presence in sports applications from racing bicycles to F1 car components.

Tim Smyth, the co-construction manager of BMW ORACLE Racing, explains why the team has chosen the CMS machine: “America's Cup yachts employ the latest technology in materials and construction processes. CNC produced Tools and finished parts are one of the most significant advances in yacht construction over the past decade and they now play a crucial role in our build program.

“To produce these components quickly and to preserve our design innovations it is important to posses your own CNC machines. We have used CMS machines extensively throughout the past two editions of the Americas Cup through the services of subcontractors, and based on their performance we choose CMS to supply our first machine in 2009.”