Monofoil Sailing
Monofoil Sailing
22/07/2006: Monofoil Sailing chooses SolidWorks design software
Monofoil Sailing has chosen SolidWorks® 3D CAD and COSMOSWorks® software to design and build a Monofoil craft to challenge every speed sailing and short course ocean passage record
With this ambitious design project, the Monofoil Sailing team knew it had to look at changing its existing 3D software to achieve the completion date for initial testing in September 2007. The idea behind the craft is simple: The less boat touching the water, the less drag and the more speed. Once the craft hits cruising speed, the hull lifts up above the water about a foot, flying like a glider tethered to the ocean by a stress-resistant foil that extends from the boom.
"Our existing 3D software was proving to be unworkable, extremely difficult to use and was hindering our project timescales, so we researched other popular 3D Design systems in the marketplace." comments Project Manager Steve Grimes. "We decided on SolidWorks because of it exceptional ease of use, speed of learning and its powerful modelling capabilities. Following a five-day specific training course from Innova Systems, we have been pleasantly surprised how quickly we have learnt SolidWorks and how enjoyable the software is to use in a design environment. It puts the fun back into design."
Designing in SolidWorks enables the complete Monofoil to be fully defined in three dimensions, allowing the internal design of mechanisms and control devices for steering, throttle control and ride height. The visualisation brings the whole team together to contribute and develop a much-improved understanding of the overall structure.
The SolidWorks eDrawings® communication tool is used to cost-effectively share designs with suppliers and other team members who are away from the office. The Monofoil team has invested in four licenses of SolidWorks.
"We are thrilled that Monofoil Sailing have choosen SolidWorks from Innova Systems. We understand that companies like Monofoil Sailing need to concentrate on their design work and not their CAD system in order to achieve their record breaking sailing ambitions" comments Mark Bradford of Innova Systems. "SolidWorks continues to create intuitive, high-performing software designed to embrace difficult design challenges and let customers design products to beat world records."
News Archive
31/01/2007: Yachting World features Monofoil
17/11/2006: SailTV Feature Monofoil
13/11/2006: IBI News - Monofoil to rewrite rules of high-speed sailing
02/11/2006: Sailing Takes Flight
15/09/2006: New Website Unveiled
01/09/2006: Monofoil Sailing invited to World Speed Sailing Challenge
02/08/2006: Ron Dennis joins Monofoil Sailing team
22/07/2006: Monofoil Sailing chooses SolidWorks design software
01/07/2006: June/July Update
04/05/2006: April Update
07/03/2006: March Update
07/03/2006: New Arrivals
05/01/2006: Kite World Speed Record Smashed
24/12/2005: Happy Christmas from the Monofoil Sailing team
18/12/2005: More Wing Photos
13/12/2005: Macquarie Speed Sailing Team Wing Failure
12/11/2005: Wing Spar Pictures
22/10/2005: Wing Spar Construction
06/09/2005: Cutting the Spruce for the Wing Spar
05/09/2005: Popular Science Article on "The Race to 50 Knots"
03/09/2005: Wing Construction Started
01/07/2005: Paws and Whiskers Moulds Completed
15/11/2004: Yellow Pages World Record Falls!
22/10/2004: Macquarie Innovation are back in the Race!
30/09/2004: The Monofoil Sailing team goes to Weymouth Speedweek
28/09/2004: High Modulus Sponsor Monofoil
13/06/2004: Additional Cross Boom Mould Photo
13/06/2004: Cross Boom Moulds Completed
06/04/2004: New Monofoil Fuselage
02/03/2004: Monofoil Main Fuselage Moulds Completed

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