The company’s story started in 2002, when Shayne Young and his wife Anna began the business making carbon fibre masts for the 2003 Americas Cup Campaigns in New Zealand.
What Shayne and Anna thought would be a six month stint away from their native Australia turned into an eight-year odyssey involving two Volvo Ocean Race campaigns and numerous other advanced composite commissions.
During this time Shayne went from composite builder to designer, learning not only the importance of design, but also the impact of presentation.
Arriving back in Australia in 2009, Shayne was asked to design a series of racing water skis and from there the business developed into boat hull designs to where they are now, designing a whole range of boats and world championship winning water skis.
Shayne realised early that in order to design race winning state-of-the-art designs he needed to keep ahead of the competition.
“The best way to do this was to streamline the design process by using the best tools for the job.” So he adopted a new 3D design process along with the purchase of Solid Edge.
“When we converted from our previous design process to Solid Edge we were staggered at the amount of time they were able to save.
To make a change in the old system and update the associated drawings would take up to a full day but since moving to Solid Edge we can make that same change in five minutes,” he explained.
“Our previous design software was extremely limited and time consuming in its capabilities. This made us reluctant to make edits which would ultimately compromise the design.
“If we designed a part in our old CAD software that didn’t quite fit onto a 6m sheet, we would either have to cut from a 9m sheet or add an extra piece to it which is not ideal. With Solid Edge and Synchronous technology we can now easily edit the design.
“The hull designs are imported from MacSurf and then the rest of the design is created in Solid Edge. Our suppliers also send us 3D models using various CAD packages and formats.”
Shayne finds Solid Edge the best program for editing imported 3D data. “We may receive a 3D model of an engine from Mercury and I can import that directly into Solid Edge. If there are any collisions with my design I can quickly and easily edit them.
“Using Solid Edge I can apply a centre of gravity to an engine model, enabling me to position the engine correctly. I can even edit parts of the engine itself if required. This is simply not possible in other software packages such as Solidworks.”
Another area where Shayne finds he saves time is when creating drafts. “With our previous design process it would take me over five hours to clean up a draft and get it up to standard, but now I’ve set up my drafting environment in Solid Edge.
I can generate the same draft in minutes and if the model needs editing the draft automatically updates. I now have a lot more time to experiment with the designs and test all the different possibilities ensuring we produce the best possible result. ”Shayne explains that many of his customers are not experienced engineers and therefore cannot understand engineering drawings. Using Key Shot rendering, which is included in Solid Edge classic makes it is possible to create photographic 3D images of his designs.