Scale Reproductions Installs Auto CAD System To Design Ship Models

Scale Reproductions, Fairhope, Ala., recently installed an Auto CAD system for designing. The computer, which will be used in production of scale models, will be able to use the computer files of the shipyards and designers. Blue prints can also be traced with a large digitizing table. The models will be completely designed as to how they will be built by the computer. This system is the same used by most major shipyards today.

Cut patterns produced by the Auto CAD system are taken to a computer- controlled laser cutter. This laser cutter works on the same principle as computer-controlled torches in major shipyards, the only difference being the beam delivery on the cutting head is just five one-thousands of an inch. The composite material used in the model is then cut with the laser and the parts assembled in the Scale Reproductions shop.

The parts ready for assembly are accurate to within three one-thousands of an inch. This speeds up the construction time and gives a much better quality model.

Currently, the cruise ship Nordic Empress is being designed totally with the computer. The model will be 53 inches in length.

Scale Reproductions will be located at Booth #1500 at the International Work Boat Show in New Orleans, December 5-7, 1991.

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