Design and build mandrel
One piece mast was chosen to increase stiffness (for a given weight) as well as create an even bend curve (no flat spots). Over the last two weeks the mandrel was designed and manufactured in house, using SolidWorks and our CNC lathes.
Quality performance Japanese fibre used to produce 16′ skiff masts. Using our Instron testing machine, fibre coupon testing is performed to validate carbon suppliers data and quality. There is often a large variation between carbon fibre suppliers.
All tubes and masts produced run through the CST MES (Manufacturing Execution System), this monitors all aspects of production to guarantee quality supply.
Bend testing is completed to confirm actual results vs modelling