It’s common to start the production of a new boat by creating the design in 3D software, then build the model – as basis for the moulds – from the CAD drawings.
The model for the Whaleboat O28 ocean rowing boat however was originally shaped by hand, similar to the shaping of a surfboard. This creation process provides freedom, allowing full control of the organic shapes. We create a boat like a sculpture.
The digital data from the software however is necessary for many purposes. That’s why we’re now working on a reversed approach:
A few days back, Oliver De Wolf and Hogeschool VIVES scanned the boat, using a state-of-the-art led Einscan scanner.
The dots you see on the boat help with assessing distances and connecting fragments of the scan. Oliver 3D printed the dots (and his daughter had a great time compiling them).
The result of Olivers many hours of careful work, will be a highly accurate 3D model.
We will use this model to optimise future builds, glueing process, aerodynamics, wrapping design, plug and mould making, interior customisation and demoing. Virtual tours for prospects are almost here!
Thank you Oliver and Vives!