Marine Industry

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he marine industry owes its success to the various CNC-machined components it uses. Many watercraft elements require unusual materials or shapes, and machining is the perfect method for meeting those needs with minimal effort.

Unlike other sectors, the marine industry requires a high degree of water resistance from its products because most components will have either direct water exposure or exposure to the humidity around oceans, lakes and rivers, which can wear out parts. Most electronics don’t operate well in moist or wet environments. Marine products, however, rely on water-resistant electrical components. Electronics aboard ships need special considerations, such as housings to block water from interfering with electrical processes. Additionally, parts used in or near the ocean must be corrosion-resistant, as saltwater can easily erode the wrong materials.

Marine applications also require a high degree of portability and durability. Components need to be able to last for a long time and resist compromising wear and damages, as vessels out at sea might have to wait a long time before coming back to land for repairs. CNC machining can help produce long-lasting parts by making them to exact design specifications, so they fit tightly and work well together without fail. Some of these components include:

  • Insulating cases
  • Electronic parts
  • Engine components
  • Propellers
  • Prototype molds
  • Other boat parts

CNC benefits the marine industry through its ability to make custom parts. Whether for small boats or industrial shipping vessels, boat parts may need custom specifications to fit the user’s needs. With CNC machining’s versatility, engineers can make both large and small pieces, depending on the available machinery. Marine foams have a range of types, including rigid polyurethane and thermoplastic polyurethane, that engineers can use to create water-resistant, lightweight and durable parts for boats.

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