Additives for the AC75: Race boat boosted by precision 3D printing and measurement expertise

Renishaw bring world class technologies to INEOS TEAM UK

“We chose to work with Renishaw because they have such a breadth of world-class engineering and scientific design knowledge. They are a fantastically resourced company with great facilities and people.”

Global engineering company Renishaw will support the team as official precision measurement and additive manufacturing (AM) partner, contributing their engineering expertise to aid and fast track the build process of the team’s AC75 race boats. 

The T5 test boat is a foiling mono-hull, the first of its kind in the world
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The British company, based in Gloucestershire, are a world-leading engineering business with core expertise in precision measurement and position encoding. They are the only UK manufacturer of metal additive manufacturing machines, which it produces at a plant in Miskin, South Wales. 

The team’s AC75 race boat will be a 75-foot foiling mono-hull built and equipped with some of the best of British technology. To support the team in the build of the technologically advanced boat Renishaw is supplying its products and expertise in the fields of metal additive manufacturing, position encoders, manufacturing process control and Raman spectroscopy. 

The T5 Mast Ball transmits power from the rig into the foiling hull and was built lighter and stronger by Renishaw using its AM technology
© HARRY KH

This will include contributing to the design optimisation and manufacture of 3D printed metal parts, for example structural components; digital position feedback to improve the boat’s performance, including monitoring control surfaces; and material analysis. 

Ben Ainslie, Team Principal and Skipper of INEOS TEAM UK: 

“We’re really excited to be working with Renishaw. They’ve been a fantastic partner to us and we’re really looking forward to the challenge to bring the Cup home in 2021 with their support."  

Mark Chisnell, Technology Coordinator at INEOS TEAM UK: 

“We chose to work with Renishaw because they have such a breadth of world-class engineering and scientific design knowledge. They are a fantastically resourced company with great facilities and people.”

Chris Pockett, Renishaw’s Head of Communications: 

“Renishaw is proud to again contribute our expertise to the British America’s Cup challenge, having supported Sir Ben’s team for the 2017 challenge in Bermuda. 

“It means a great deal to us that our past contributions have been recognised and that we will be a key partner for INEOS TEAM UK, providing a range of innovative solutions and becoming an integral part of its engineering team. Leading manufacturing technologies are crucial to the performance of the boat.

"From giving real-time position feedback during racing, to the use of metal additive manufacturing for lightweight, highly complex components, we are very excited about the contribution that we can make to the performance of the boat.”