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May 2021

MORFRAC & AWS give you wings

Advanced wing systems and Morfrac to bring wing sails technology to the broader sailing industry AWS and MORFRAC announced a partnership with the objective of transferring AC technology to any sized yacht, from daysailers to superyachts. Thanks to the 36th America’s Cup, many sailing enthusiasts around the world (re)discovered the soft wing, a combination of a twin skin mainsail and a D-shaped mast that allowed the spectacular AC75s to fly their 7.5 tonnes of technology above the New Zealand waters. Founded in 2012, Advanced Wing Systems pioneered the resurgence of this almost 100-year-old invention and patented the Semi Rigid Wing (SRW), a simple, robust and versatile system that made them official supplier to NYYC American Magic for the 36th America’s Cup. “AWS are the world leaders of soft wing sail design” said Nicolás Goldenberg, Head of Design at Morfrac. “We have been successfully working together on a number of opportunities and we decided that it was time to formalize our partnership and keep integrating the SRW and our products and solutions.” “Morfrac is helping us get the more out our SRW” said Greg Johnston, co-founder and CEO of AWS. “They support us with their engineering in the design of mast, rigging and wing control systems and provide us with blocks, furling systems, and a quantity of custom designed components.” “With this partnership, that follow our alliance with Quantum Sails, we intend to offer more comprehensive solutions, even better service to our clients and make our technology available at a very reasonable price point to yachts of any size.”
Advanced Wing Systems AWS is an early leader in the concept of soft-wing sails. The SRW is a light, user-friendly, affordable wing suited for virtually any boat. More info: +61 419942406 info@advancedwingsystems.com www.advancedwingsystems.com MORFRAC Morfrac Systems specializes on developing simple, light, reliable and performing sailing yacht hardware and turnkey engineering solutions. More info: +34 692461297 sales@morfrac.com www.morfrac.com

April 2021

powerfurl. official furling system for Farr X2

Farr Yacht Sales Australasia and Morfrac Systems are proud to announce their new partnership. Farr Yacht Sales Australasia and Morfrac Systems signed an agreement that makes of Morfrac the Official Supplier of Furling Systems for the performance 30-footer Farr X2®. The Farr X2® project was launched in 2020 and it immediately generated a lot of interest. Three boats have been sold since and the idea of a Class is taking shape. “With the interest building up and construction running, we started looking at furling systems. Morfrac powerfurl. made our choice very easy” said Bret Perry, Head of Farr Yacht Sales Australasia. “Our goal is to offer the most performing solutions available on the market to X2s owners, and Morfrac’s powerfurl. are truly impressive.” The Farr X2® sails inventory features up to 5 furling sails. Furling systems are a key element for a smooth experience and high performances, especially when you are short on crew. “We have a passion for shorthanded sailing, and we are aware of the importance of reliable furling systems when you are sailing solo or with a small crew”, said Nicolás Goldenberg, Head of Design at Morfrac. “Our powerfurl. are designed to be trouble-free, easy to maintain and to ensure your sail goes away exactly when and how you need it.” The first X2® will hit the water in Sydney in July 2021. Stay tuned!
Farr X2® Farr X2 new shorthanded race boat from Farr Yacht Design. A result of our passion for sailing and the need for performance. We are now taking orders. Secure your new Farr X2®! More info: +61 484 373 304 sales@farrx2.com www.farrx2.com MORFRAC Morfrac Systems specializes in on developing simple, light, reliable and performing sailing yacht hardware. Our new powerfurl. range covers yachts from 20ft to superyachts. More info: +34 692461297 sales@morfrac.com www.morfrac.com

March 2021

3D Printing – A Success Story

Upffront.com spoke to Nicolas Goldenberg about 3D printing, new materials, smart manufacturing processes... In recent years, 3D printing has revolutionised manufacturing processes. Expiring patents have caused 3D printing costs to plunge and quality to soar, granting opportunities for small-scale manufacturers to experiment – and excel – with 3D printing. We spoke to Nicolas Goldenberg, founder of Morfrac Systems, to discuss how 3D printing has contributed to the success of their iconic product, the morfblock. ‘We started experimenting with 3D printing in 2015. Since then, me and the Morfrac team put a lot of time into it. At some point, I had four different printers in my living room,’  Nicolas says. ‘At the beginning, the idea was to use 3D printing to fast-track prototyping and testing. Soon enough, we realised that with a fine-tuned design and the right materials 3D printing could become a reliable manufacturing process.’ ‘We searched for the best modular, customisable printers, we tweaked them to suit our needs and work with the top-performing materials available on the market. And here we are today, pioneering the use of 3D printing in numerous marine applications.’ What are the benefits of 3D printing for a small-scale manufacturer?
  • Cost-Efficient For small volumes, 3D printing is more cost efficient than CNC machining and injection moulding.
  • Accurate A 3D printer can achieve highly complex designs with a high degree of precision.
  • Control 3D printing allows for superior control in the manufacturing process. ‘For example, you can alter the finish by changing the direction of the printhead or the density of the material,’ Nicolas says.
  • Batch Size 3D printing frees manufacturers from large batches and offers flexibility. It enables firms to respond and adapt to demand, reducing unwanted stock and waste.
  • Fast Turn-Around 3D printing streamlines the prototype production process. ‘You can do the design at a given moment in a given place, and a 3D printer can print it wherever and whenever you want. At Morfrac we implemented a smart cloud-based manufacturing system: the designer can launch, control and intervene in the production from an app. I like to say that my favourite spot of the workshop is my couch.’ Nicolas says.
  • Optimisation 3D printing means agility; there are always opportunities for design modification and improvement. ‘3D printing also grants the ability to easily make custom products,’ Nicolas says.
3D printing seems like a flexible and cost-efficient solution. There are many 3D printers out there – what’s the difference? Filament This printer uses raw materials in filament form which are inserted into the printer and heated up. Once heated, the material printhead ‘prints’ the shape layer by layer, extruding the filament through a nozzle.
Advantages Disadvantages Uses
  • Cost-effective
  • Wide range of materials available
  • Versatile
  • Quality output
  • Slow speed (for mass production)
  • Prototypes
  • Structural parts
  • Working mechanical parts
Quality
SLA (Stereolithography) An SLA printer uses a tank of liquid resin. A laser or UV light is used to cure the resin, creating a solid shape which emerges from the tank layer by layer. The excess resin is then washed away.
Advantages Disadvantages Uses
  • Superior surface finish
  • Reduced range of materials available
  • Fragile output which cannot take load
  • Costly
  • Cosmetic details
  • Prototypes
  • Not used for final products or mechanical outputs
SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) An SLS printer is the ‘next level’, reaping the benefits of both a filament printer and an SLA printer. Raw materials are inserted in a powdered form, and the printer utilises a laser beam to melt and solidify the powder. 
Advantages Disadvantages Uses
  • Wide range of materials, including nylon
  • Superior surface finish
  • Health risks of powder
  • Expensive (cost is comparable to a CNC machine)
  • Cosmetic details
  • Prototypes
  • Structural parts
  • Working mechanical parts
  A filament printer seems to offer a perfect balance. ‘That’s our choice: ample personalisation possibilities and wide range of engineering materials available. At Morfrac, we have developed our own UV-stable, extra-resistant and ultra-light proprietary filament. We use it for our morfblockspowerfurl components, R&D, prototyping, and to build mock-ups of CNC products. In addition to that, we are 3D printing an increasing number of custom components for our clients who start showing interest in these solutions both for temporary fixes and permanent solutions onboard.’  Nicolas says. morfblock - 3D printed cheeks morfblock 3D printed cheeks How do you predict 3D printing will impact the marine industry in the future? ‘In the future, I envision there will be a lot going on with composite materials, such as nylon and carbon fibre. Next generation printers are focusing on aluminium, titanium and precious metals in the marine market,’ Nicolas says.

January 2021

MORFRAC Made in Spain

Llega al mercado el primer enrollador para velas 100% Made in Spain  La valenciana Morfrac Systems presenta la primera línea de enrolladores para velas integralmente diseñados y fabricados en España. La gama completa abarcará las necesidades de veleros de 6 a 30 metros, tanto de crucero como de regata. Y de cara al futuro, MORFRAC se propone afianzarse en el mundo de la vela GP de los superyates. Morfrac es una empresa fundada en la primavera de 2019 como resultado de la confluencia de diversas experiencias y saberes en campos que van de la arquitectura naval a la vela de competición, del diseño de herrajes de cubierta al mecanizado de alta precisión. Las oficinas y el taller de la joven empresa valenciana se encuentran a escasos kilómetros al norte de Valencia, “unas al lado del otro” como subraya con orgullo Nicolás Goldenberg, cofundador de la empresa. La cercanía física y organizativa entre los diseñadores, los comerciales y los técnicos de producción es uno de los puntos fuertes de la marca. “Todo lo que se desarrolla y diseña en MORFRAC, se plasma en uno o más prototipos, se ensaya y finalmente se convierte en nuestros productos… y todo bajo un mismo techo”. Esta es la fórmula ganadora de MORFRAC, y los hechos lo confirman. MORFRAC ha obtenido el pasado mes de octubre una patente europea para sus innovadoras y ultraligeras poleas morfblock., que revolucionan el mundo de las poleas, con cuerpos completamente impresos en 3D y cojinetes solidos auto-lubricantes de geometría adaptativa.El 2021 empieza con el lanzamiento del último llegado en casa MORFRAC: el enrollador de velas powerfurl., el primero diseñado y fabricado en España al 100%. Se trata de un enrollador sencillo, funcional, robusto y con un diseño cuidado en todos sus detalles. Construidos con los mejores materiales de grado marino, Powerfurl es además extraordinariamente ligero, característica de una importancia crucial a bordo, sobre todo para los amantes de las regatas. “Estamos enormemente satisfechos con nuestros enrolladores. Conseguimos un producto que destaca por sus características técnicas y su sencilla elegancia” continua Nicolás, “nuestra idea era de maximizar las prestaciones y la seguridad y minimizar el peso, y lo conseguimos en pleno: los Powerfurl tienen la mejor relación peso/carga de trabajo del mercado y un alto factor de seguridad”, concluye satisfecho.

September 2019

August 2019

Pep Costa MT 2019

Spanish skipper Pep Costa will take the start line at the 2019 Mini Transat. With just 20 years old he is the youngest Spanish skipper to ever compete in the Mini Transat and he will be the youngest in this year’s prototype class. He will be covering over 4000 miles solo in his 6.5m carbon proto N 431! The race starts at La Rochelle (FRA) with a stop over at Las Palmas (ESP) and across the Atlantic to Martinique (FRA). It will be an epic race and it is considered one of the summits of single-handed sailing; where everything starts: skipper, boat, no external assistance, no online weather routing or sat communications. Follow and support Pep in this great challenge! You can support Pep by direct donations: https://makeachamp.com/es/pepcosta or you can benefit of a 15% discount and further donation to his campaign by purchasing at our webshop with this code: PepMT2019 .

April 2019

Introducing SOFT-GRIP Technology

MORFRAC Systems manufacturer of the MORFBLOCK is proud to introduce it latest development: SOFT-GRIP technology. Introduced into the market in late 2017, the MORFBLOCK has been a great addition to many exciting boats: TP52, Class 40, Mini 650, Nacra 17 and soft wings among others. The MORFBLOCK has proven itself in the most demanding applications with great success and has been evolving right from its launch. MORFBLOCK sheaves are manufactured in 6082-T6 Aluminium by CNC machining. Raul Armero, production manager and CNC machining specialist explains: “our sheaves are precisely machined with very tight tolerances and a very smooth finish. When combined with a high grade anodizing the result is a very low coefficient of friction; this is great for a higher block efficiency, but it also provides a very low friction surface for ropes. In order to increase the performance in wide operation angles and with technical ropes we have now introduced the SOFT-GRIP.” The SOFT-GRIP Technology introduces a series of precisely machined dimples on the sheave grove (comparable to a golf ball surface); these create a higher contact area between sheave and rope which becomes more efficient as the rope is loaded. The SOFT-GRIP is a non-abrasive surface and does not compact the fibres; protecting your lines at all times. The SOFT-GRIP Technology is offered as standard on both the MORFBLOCK XL range and  standard range.

Gets better with Marlow

Morfrac Systems manufacturer of the Morf Block is proud to announce its latest partnership with Marlow Ropes. Nicolas Goldenberg from Morfrac Systems comments “Ropes are a key component of our Morf Blocks, having a close relation with the manufacturer is vital for our product development. Partnering with a high-quality rope manufacture such as Marlow enables us boost our products from early stages.” As a result, the complete Morf Block range has been updated with Marlow’s range of Dyneema® D12 SK78, D12 SK99, Chafe Covers and Whipping Twine taking our blocks to the next level. Leisure Marine Director Paul Honess comments “Our collaborative partnerships with other manufacturers within the Leisure Marine industry are an important part of Marlow’s brand values, pushing our own R&D and rope innovations to the next level and ensuring that we continue to make world leading products for sailors across the world.” Morfrac Systems team now counts with the support and knowledge of a world-leading rope manufacturer providing tools for further product development and ensuring we stay at the cutting edge of technology. Additionally, Morfrac Systems will now offer a wide range of Marlow ropes available at our new website and online store.

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December 2018

MINI 650

MORFBLOCK is set to close the Altantic once more. After the success on board the Class 40 class on the Rute du Rhumb, MORFBLOCK new challenge is on board one of the latest Mini 650, n 958. Launched in 2018, 958 is Verdier design, its skipper Jonathan CHODKIEWIEZ is ready for another go at the MT in 2019!   Photos courtesy of Robin Christol  @robinchristolphotography @robinchristol 

November 2018