AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
HP Plotter makes repair of AmericaOne possible
About The Challenge
Daily Report - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 -
The timely repair of AmericaOne would not have been possible had AmericaOne not had an HP Design Jet 755CM on site. Within hours of the Stars & Stripes collision, I was able to generate sections of the hull which were printed onto mylar sheets in full scale. These sheets were then transcribed onto wood frames which served to build the mold of the damaged area. Carbon fiber and a core material were then laminated over the mold to bring the yacht back to original shape.
"Having the plotter significantly reduced the time needed to get on with the repair", said Brad Fitzgerald, AmericaOne Shore Team Manager. "It is times like these when having the horsepower of America's top technology companies gives AmericaOne an edge."
AmericaOne will be back in race trim after the measurers inspect the boat this afternoon to make sure the repairs comply with original construction.
Tomorrow line up for AmericaOne; Young Australia and Young America.
AmericaOne is dedicated to recapturing the America’s Cup by applying U.S. technology in computer equipment, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, sail design, naval architecture and structural engineering to America's Cup sailboat design. Technology partners include Hewlett-Packard Company, Bellcore/SAIC and Ford Motor Company/Visteon. The
AmericaOne team is comprised of 43 professionals, including 30 members of the design team actively working on the research and design of its sailboats. Operating since June 1, 1996, AmericaOne is the challenger on behalf of San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club.
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