Last September Design Engineering told you about the innovative ship build system that BSD (British Steel Distribution) had developed with JM Design. Now BSD is challenging you to come up with another application for this ingenious technology and the best idea will win a great day out on board the Challenge yacht.
About the ship-kit system
Designed for ship, boat and yacht builds the system is based on a combination of BSD’s extensive plate profiling capability using advanced CNC laser and plasma cutting techniques and the computer modelling facilities of JM Design.
Sir Chay Blyth’s The Challenge Business International, who are organising the BT Global Challenge 2000-2001, have used JM Design’s skills: the racing yachts for the challenge incorporate the latest kit features with BSD providing the close tolerance laser cut profiles in both stainless and mild steel.
The use of a 3D surface modelling CAD system means you don’t need to carry out conventional lofting (laying out the plans and the pieces of the boat over a large area) and adapts to a wide range of requirements and build preferences. Kits from both plate and general section frames can be prepared depending on the customer’s preference.
The system has mainly been of benefit in builds of up to 40m in length in all aspects of hull and superstructure shape, encompassing faring, hull development, shell expansion and frames for a wide variety of applications.
Components are supplied fully developed with limber holes, stringers and slots. Jig parts and fitting details are also provided. Kits are designed with each yard’s requirements in mind. Where space is available the largest kit parts are possible. Where there is a minimal amount of space or a limited handling facility, smaller kit pieces can be delivered in the correct build sequence. Automatic line and text marking ensures an error free build.
How you can win
As yet, the system has only been used in boat build, and BSD want to know if you can think of other areas of application. Bear in mind that BSD can cut sheets of steel and stainless steel into quite complex shapes accurately. This means that if the design data is correct the structure made from it will be accurate and consistent. This not only reduces the amount of supervision needed and the time taken (over 20% with the boat design) to put the pieces together, but also ensures that subsequent procedures, such as out fitting a vessel, can be carried out without the usual time consuming tailoring and tweaking. Nesting of components reduces the amount of wasted material further reducing costs.
Remember that the system uses steel that is 4mm or more thick. Benefits are greatest where form is involved JM Design can design flat, sheet steel components that can easily be bent into boat shapes.
What you have to do
If you’ve already thought of a new application great! If not, give your brain a little while to get the creative juices flowing, and we know you’ll come up with something.
Jot your idea down on a piece of paper or type it if you prefer. We just need it to be legible. Include sketches or CAD drawings as you prefer.
What we are looking for are some new ways to use this technology, so entries will be judged on practicality and innovation. The application can be a replacement for an existing method of design and production, or something brand new. It may be based on something your company manufactures, or on something you’ve just identified as a potential application. You don’t need to know how something is currently manufactured to suggest the BSD technology as an alternative. In other words give your imagination free rein to come up with something really exciting.
Entries must reach us by 17 May 1999.