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Renishaw uses 3D printing to support INEOS Britannia in its bid to win the 37th America’s Cup

Renishaw has worked with INEOS Britannia to develop several additively manufactured parts for the AC75 race boat ahead of the 37th America’s Cup.

Renishaw’s additive manufacturing team has worked with INEOS Britannia to develop a variety of optimized AM parts, including an outhaul pulley box, flap fairings, the bowsprit end detail and a runner beam end attachment. These parts were designed and produced on Renishaw’s RenAM 500Q Quad Laser systems to reduce the weight of the boat, improving speed, efficiency and other performance factors.

“Renishaw’s long-standing collaboration with INEOS Britannia makes our team incredibly proud,” said Chay Allen, Customer Applications Manager for Renishaw. “This year is particularly exciting as it has given us the opportunity to contribute to the manufacturing of the boat in the UK and provide support from our subsidiary in Spain. From our AM Solutions Centre in Barcelona, we can provide a rapid response should the team need additional support with additively manufactured components once racing has started.”

“We have been keeping Britannia under wraps for such a long time that it’s almost surreal to see her out of the shed and in public view here in Barcelona,” explained Sir Ben Ainslie, INEOS Britannia Team Principal and Skipper. “Thousands of hours of work have gone into this boat and so it’s great to finally reveal her to the world. We’re incredibly grateful to Renishaw for their support and the invaluable technology they provide.”

INEOS Britannia will race the Britannia in the Preliminary Regatta from August 22-25 in Barcelona, Spain. The five challenging teams will then compete in the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Selections Series from August 29 to October 7 to win the right to race against the defending champions, Emirates Team New Zealand, in the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Match in October.

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