The V Report - Tools, Technology & Talent
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Valhalla 46
In another behind-the-scenes look at the initial stages of our new Valhalla 46’s production, we take a close at the tools and technology used by our two five-axis CNC routers. You’ll also meet the talented programmers controlling this million-dollar machinery as they carve the plugs that will be used to manufacture the V-46 building molds.
The large PaR Systems router, shown working on the forward helm seating module plug, has an impressive cutting volume of 60’x20’x10’. The machine’s components and surrounding infrastructure (including the overhead gantry and rail system) allow it to move along five different axes: forward and backward, side to side, up and down, and clockwise/counterclockwise rotation.
This station in the PaR control room is used for measuring and setting up the tools for cutting. Dozens of tools from ¼” to 2” (diameter) are used. New tools or recently machined tools are so sharp they must be encased in wax or placed in plastic sleeves. The tools slide into collets (right) that sit inside the tool holder.
Above left: CNC Programmer and CAD Technician Christian Twiggs uses a digital measurement device to check the length of the tool that will cut the forward helm seating module plug. Above right: Christian labels the tool holder with its length, which will be uploaded into the router’s computer controller. This information allows the machine to calculate the exact location of the tool tip as it cuts.
Left: Lead CNC Programmer Jason Taylor loads an assembled tool into the router head’s spindle, where a pneumatic clamp grasps the unit and secures it in position. The tool is called a ball mill, which Jason uses to carve the radiused shapes of the V-46’s helm dash. As his work progresses, Jason will use smaller tools to refine the shape. Right: He can operate and monitor the machine from the control room or by using a remote control.
The DMS is our second five-axis machine. While the PaR handles the V-46’s hull, deck, seating modules, stringer grid and other large parts, the DMS cuts a high volume of small parts (up to four per day). Above left: The machine has completed the final cuts for the boat’s forward storage box lids. Right: Christian and R&D Carpenter Chuck Wolfe position a block-up of high density polyurethane foam that will be shaped into the vanity of the Valhalla’s head.

For more information about the new V-46, please visit our website or contact your authorized Valhalla Boatworks dealer.
 
     
   
     
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