Lyman-Morse introduces new department

Jan 22, 2014

Thomaston — Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding has a new in-house CNC or Computer Numerically Controlled department.

This department will use 3D Computer Assisted Design and Computer Assisted Machining software to send part geometry data directly from the design office to the company's new CNC router, a Haas GR-712, also known as Gretchen Haas. Gretchen can cut a myriad of parts from hull molds, to bulkheads, to custom designed stainless steel and aluminum fittings with a previously unattainable accuracy and speed thus improving productivity and quality of the product.

Lyman-Morse has utilized outside sources of CNC technology for several years. The company has hired CNC shops to cut molds for fiberglass parts, joinery panels for interior woodwork, aluminum electrical panels, foam core kits, hull-half models, tank testing models, and many, many more parts and pieces that go into the development and production of their boats. Now all this work can come in-house.

“The benefits of having this new machine and capabilities benefit all LMB employees by making the yard more competitive in the marine marketplace and expands LMB’s business into other non-marine industries,” said Drew Lyman, president of Lyman-Morse, in a news release.

CNC technology works by sending Cartesian coordinates, generated by a computer to a milling machine or router which then cuts the corresponding shapes using any number of materials. The precision attainable with these machines can be measured in thousandths of inches, and parts can be cut in a fraction of the time that is required when using manual cutting tools thus eliminating costly waste of materials and time.

Lyman-Morse will continue to supplement its primary boatbuilding and service business by offering the CNC services to other small businesses in a variety of industries. The router will be the biggest CNC router north of Topsham and is capable of cutting heavier material than other routers in the Midcoast area.

Over the course of the next year, Lyman-Morse will insert CNC technology directly into every possible part of its manufacturing process. Project managers are identifying all parts and pieces on the boats that would benefit from CNC machining. Lyman-Morse plans to funnel more work into the CNC department who will oversee Gretchen and the production of numerous parts that can be cut and stored for future projects.

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