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12/21/2015

Pro-Set creates custom blends of adhesives and epoxy resins for Oracle Team USA

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The epoxy adhesives are used in development of Oracle Team USA’s racing catamarans with the goal of defending the America’s Cup in 2017.

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Oracle Team USA is working with Pro-Set (Bay City, MI, US) to create custom blends of adhesives and epoxy resins in a purpose-built mixing and fabrication room at their base in Bermuda.

Ian Burns, performance team manager for Oracle Team USA, says these adhesives are used to build very high quality small parts. The individually crafted components are joined to the boat with epoxy adhesives, becoming the strongest part of the hulls.

America's Cup boat construction methods are comparable to processes used in the aerospace industry today, according to Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA skipper and helmsman. He says the boats must be extremely light, yet stiff and strong enough to take real punishment out on the water. The Pro-Set adhesives and laminates the team uses are what make this possible.

Here’s a video of the project: http://prosetepoxy.com/video/pro-set-oracle-team-usa.mp4

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