Front Street Shipyard plans to install a five-axis 3D waterjet cutting machine that it says is the largest of its kind in the state.
Front Street Shipyard plans to install a five-axis 3D waterjet cutting machine that it says is the largest of its kind in the state.

Front Street Shipyard, based in Maine, USA, plans to install a five-axis 3D waterjet cutting machine that it says is the largest of its kind in the state.

According to the company, the machine will be used to cut large parts for use in its own boat construction and refits and for cutting services to outside businesses. It uses high pressure water to cut, shape, and ream large parts such as frames, molds, and panels used in manufacturing and construction, and can cut nearly any material including textiles, stainless steel, and titanium from engineer-drawn electronic data, Front Street Shipyard says.

‘This machine will streamline our work on custom and production boats, reducing costs and improving the quality of the end-products,’ said JB Turner, president. ‘It also gives us the opportunity to diversify the services we offer beyond boat building and repair, which will ensure our company’s success through occasional downturns in the industry.’

This story uses material from Front Street Shipyard, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.