American Magic: Creaform’s Latest Prestigious 3D Scanning Project

Over the years, Creaform has worked with many global customers to leverage the tremendous potential of portable 3D measurement solutions to address a wide spectrum of product development challenges and opportunities.

And while 3D scanning isn’t magic, our technologies have definitely worked their magic on our latest prestigious project with 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 pinnacle of competitive sailing and the oldest event in international sports. First contested in 1851, the America’s Cup predates the modern Olympic Games by 45 years. The next race will take place in Auckland, New Zealand in March 2021.

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

American Magic Team monohull: the Mule

Developed using aerospace technology from Airbus, which is a clear-cut advantage for sailing, the monohull is certainly a sight to behold; when it reaches a certain speed, it undergoes an astonishing transformation: it literally 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 to ensure an unprecedented competitive edge was no small feat, simply due to a major limitation: time. American Magic needed to bring together pros from a variety of different fields across the globe to address the monohull’s engineering and production challenges—all while meeting each critical milestone.

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 fibre components and carry out advanced analyses to determine how they interreacted with each other, how they impacted the monohull’s performance, and what changes had to be made.

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

MetraSCAN 3D scanning a mold

Creaform is immensely proud to be contributing to the performance of American Magic’s monohull and will be cheering the team on during the race!

Continue the journey: Read the next article here.

Other prestigious 3D measurement projects

Helping Koenigsegg develop high-performance sports cars

Creaform also played an integral part in providing metrology expertise and technologies to Koenigsegg, the Swedish manufacturer of high-performance sports cars, to scan and inspect dark and highly reflective automotive parts for improved product development and quality control.

Giving SCOTT Sports a competitive advantage by accelerating its time to market

SCOTT Sports, the Swiss manufacturer of bicycles, winter equipment, motorsports gear and sportswear, turned to us to help design its Symbol 2 freeski helmet, which featured a complex shape. The product development team needed accurate measurements fast—and used the HandySCAN 3D to reduce the design cycle time and accelerate the product’s time to market.

Creaform is currently working on a myriad of other ground-breaking projects. Stay tuned via our blog and YouTube channel to find out more!

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