FROM CAD TO RAD WITH SYMMETRIX COMPOSITE TOOLING
There are many technically significant elements of Daychaser, from the state-of-the-art CAD files all the way to the advanced helm controls, but one the most innovative is the development of Daychaser's mold at Symmetrix Composite Tooling. Symmetrix was founded by John Barnitt and Scott Vogel, who first encountered composites as crew members aboard Stars & Stripes and winning the trophy with Dennis Conner in 1987. Since then, they have advanced their knowledge and services beyond the marine industry, into aerospace, automotive, and more. Daychaser's plug and mold are developed alongside America's Cup Yachts, SpaceX rocketry, Formula One Race Cars, and Windmill Blades!
“At Symmetrix, we produce cost-effective, accurate tooling on schedule,” said Barnitt. “We achieve sub-millimeter accuracy (+/- .020) through subtractive shaping methods in low-shrink materials that don’t absorb moisture. Our molds are adequately supported, vacuum-tight geometries that can support closed molded resin infusion. Production tooling or limited-use prototype tooling is optimized for the client’s preferred processing method at ambient- or elevated-cure temperatures.”
Daychaser's Plug is CNC routed over the course of several days in Symmetrix's incredible facility in Bristol RI.
Just a few days after Daychaser was just a file on Doug Zurn's computer, the Hull Plug is ready to go.
One of Daychaser's signature layouts - the bow lounge is prepped for mold development - note the detail with the non-skid surfaces integrated into the plug.
The Crew at Symmetrix prepares the plug for the Mold build.
The completed mold is loaded on to the Travelift for Boston Boatworks to begin production.
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DESIGN & BUILD BLOG
Barton & Gray Yachtworks is documenting both the design and production of the Daychaser 48' at yachtworks.bartonandgray.com and on our social media platforms. Barton & Gray hopes to keep members, crew and friends up-to-date with the amazing people and processes involved in this extraordinary yacht build.