February 2012 Issue
Building a New Beneteau
The building process that gives rise to the Beneteau Oceanis 41 begins in France, where digital design files stir a five-axis cutter to life, and 3D foam patterns begin to take shape. These robotically cut male plugs are used to fabricate female molds, often referred to as tools. The hull and deck are the major molds, but there are often 20 or more smaller tools created that are used to mold other interior and exterior componentsranging from locker lids to a plinth for the marine head. All of the tooling for each Beneteau is made in the prototype shop in France and is shipped to factories around the world.
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