A handheld laser scanner is used to collect millions of data points to create a 3D image, which is then analyzed alongside the original Computer-aided Design (CAD) of the V-46. “The scanner captures the complex surfaces in great detail and builds a highly accurate computer mesh,” says Mark Rogers, Viking’s Product Development 3D Laser Scan Metrologist. “The technology allows us to validate the fit and function of hundreds of parts before going into production.”
Once validated, the process of building the hull mold begins with the application of gelcoat to the plug. In a video later this month, the V Report will show you the entire process in detail, from CAD to completion – and you’ll meet some of the amazing people who make it all happen. Stay tuned!