12/1/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Renishaw Lends AM Expertise to Sailing Team

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Renishaw’s metal 3D printing expertise will aid the challenger in an international sailing yacht race.


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Renishaw has joined Land Rover BAR’s Technical Innovation Group (TIG) as an official supplier. In this role, Renishaw will contribute its expertise in metal 3D printing and position feedback encoding to help develop, test and prove technologies to give the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team an edge in competing for the America’s Cup. In addition to Renishaw, the TIG has also engaged other partners and suppliers from British industry, including Land Rover, BT and BAE Systems.

The America’s Cup is a match race between two sailing yachts, the defender (previous winner) and a challenger. The cup is the oldest international trophy in world sport, pre-dating the modern Olympics, the Ryder Cup and the World Cup, and has never been won by a British team. Land Rover BAR will compete as the challenger against Oracle Team USA for the race’s 35th edition, to be held in Bermuda in 2017. Ben Ainslie, winner of four Olympic gold sailing medals, is the Land Rover BAR team principal and skipper.

“We are a first-time challenger for the America’s Cup, and only one challenger has ever won it at the first attempt,” says Ainslie. “We want to leave no stone unturned in our search for new technologies that will help us to bring the Cup home. That’s why we have developed the Technical Innovation Group and are pleased to have the support of Renishaw.”

“As a British engineering company with core skills in precision and performance, combined with expertise in position encoding and metal 3D printing, we are delighted to have the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the TIG and help Land Rover BAR bring the America’s Cup back to Britain,” says Robin Weston, marketing manager of Renishaw. The company will leverage its metal additive manufacturing knowledge to help optimize the design and construction of critical, 3D printed metal parts of the team’s race boat. It is also providing ongoing expert advice on position encoder technology.