“높은 성능을 얻기 위해서는 정교한 작업이 필요하며, 올림픽 메달에 도전하는 최고의 선수들을 위해 최고의 기술이 필요합니다.”
Kristan Bromley 대표
“향 후, 2,3년 내에 선수용 맞춤제작 슬레이드를 전문으로 하던 비즈니스를 대중화된 레포츠용 슬레이드 제작으로 확장하여 연간 최대 10,000척을 목표로 세계 최고의 첨단 스포츠 제조 업체로 도약할 것입니다."
그렇기 때문에 그는 " 베로 소프트웨어의 VISI는 회사와 미래를 함께할 중요한 설비 중 하나입니다." 라며, " VISI는 정밀한 부품 및 탄소 섬유 레이업(carbon fibre lay-up )가공에 꼭 필요합니다."고 밝혔습니다.
Kristan Bromley씨는 최근 캐나다 휘슬러 올림픽 공원에 도입된 베이스보드(Baseboarding)를 정비된 설면 코스를 최대한 낮은 무게 중심으로 달릴 수 있도록 최적의 활주로 역활을 가능하게 하는 “설상바디보딩(bodyboarding on snow)” 으로 부르고 있습니다. “베이스보드는 주자가 몸을 평평하게 눕힌채 최대한 저항을 줄인 상태 상체의 움직임만으로 쉽게 조종할 수 있는 보드의 한 종류입니다. 이 스포츠는 스켈레톤 경기를 보고 같은 방식의 레포츠를 즐기고 싶어하는 동계 스포츠 인들을사이에 유행하고있습니다.
베이스 보드는 매우 가볍지만 단단하고 세련된 디자인을 가지고 있습니다." 이 제품은 열가소성 플라스틱 복합 재료를 사용하기 때문에 영하 30Although the Baseboard is extremely light, it is strong and stylised. “The product is underpinned with thermo-plastic composites, creating a super-tough 3D structure that can withstand temperatures of minus-30 degrees centigrade.”
But Bromley Sports made its name in the highly competitive world of skeleton racing. “We’re giving athletes the tools to fight for Olympic medals, and VISI is absolutely pivotal in creating maximum-performing sleds by pushing boundaries to improve performance. Reducing aerodynamic drag by five per cent can cut an athlete’s time by one, two, or even three tenths of a second, and that’s enough to take them from tenth place right through to Gold.”
With more than 60 carbon fibre and stainless steel components in the skeleton sled, and the prospect of mass producing Baseboards, he says it was important to bring the whole operation in-house. Previously, most of the tooling work was sent to sub-contractors, but he realised that by bringing tool design and manufacturing in-house they could create new designs, develop products faster, and innovate more efficiently.
To achieve that, they invested in a Doosan DNM 650 VMC, retro-fitted with a Nikken fourth axis rotary table, driven using VISI’s multi-axis machining capability, meaning they can develop complex tooling as well as machining prismatic style components. “The VISI team were instrumental in explaining how the software works and getting us up and running with our machining centre. The engineers’ machining knowledge was invaluable, and without their support we wouldn’t have been able to get our products out there so quickly, helping athletes win medals in the World Cup.”
The company, which was established by Kristan and his brother Richard in 2000, now use VISI for every component in their skeleton sleds and Baseboards. “And it’s not just the components that go into making up the products. We develop everything that supports the manufacturing process in VISI as well – the tooling and jigs.”
Rules for the skeleton sled are set by the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT), the sport’s international governing body, but allow for the use of a variety of materials to come together to make a high performing product. “Technology is one of the key parts of an athlete’s performance. In the same way that a Formula 1 driver can’t win the world championship without the best car, a skeleton racer would really struggle to win Olympic medals and world titles without the best sled technology.”
Once the design is completed in Creo, he seamlessly drops the file into VISI and starts to work on machining strategies. “Although VISI is extremely powerful and flexible, it’s also simple to use. When we’re machining new tooling for the carbon fibre composites, being able to approach that particular tool with different machining strategies, and having the ability to manipulate those cuttings paths, is critical. To achieve the precision we need to help athletes win medals, we’ve found we can’t hit a tool with a “one toolpath suits all” approach. We need to tailor those toolpaths and the cutting strategy in order to reduce machining time and produce a part with a high level of surface finish that requires minimal hand polishing.”
회사명: Bromley Sports
- Tool design and manufacturing brought in-house to develop products faster, and innovate more efficiently.
- Hexagon Metrology’s ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner used to reverse engineer the athlete’s form to maximize aero efficiency.
- CNC simulation ensures accurate and collision-free toolpaths before being sent to the milling machine.
“We’re giving athletes the tools to fight for Olympic medals, and VISI is absolutely pivotal in creating maximum-performing sleds by pushing boundaries to improve performance.”
Kristan Bromley, Director