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[ MARKETS ] INDUSTRY IN FOCUS
 Kyle Van Damme of Marine
Tops Unlimited Inc., Omro,
Wis., is among the new breed
of marine fabricators who
are embracing tech tools for
manufacturing, convinced
that the financial investment
and the learning curve will be
worth it. All photos: Marine
Tops Unlimited Inc.
Marine patterning
tech, from
beginning to end
One fabricator's journey
into the future.
by Jeff Moravec
F
or nearly 40 years, Marine Tops Unlimited Inc. has provided
custom fabrication for Wisconsin boats. Kyle Van Damme,
who runs the company's operation in Omro, west of
Oshkosh, has for most of those years done fabrication the oldfashioned
way: designing and measuring by hand, not by computer.
But Van Damme is now among the " new breed " of fabricators
who have embraced the tech world, convinced that even with a
steep learning curve, the efficiency and precision of the digital
world is where the future lies.
" When we started thinking about it, we had more questions than
answers, " Van Damme says. " Our thought process was simply that
someday this will make us faster. And it would allow repeatability;
if we had to work on a certain boat again, to replace something that
was broken or worn out, we'd already have the CAD cut file ready to
go. Kind of like, 'press play and let's start cutting.' "
Many of the manufacturers that make the hardware and software
for today's fabricators wouldn't necessarily call theirs a nascent
industry-some have been around for decades. What's changed is
that more fabricators are recognizing that they better get on board
before the ship sails (so to speak). The future is here, even though
there may be some bumps along the road.
What are the best tools?
While the number of choices among digital tools for marine
fabrication may be relatively small, the investment is not
inconsequential to most businesses, so everyone wants to get it
right the first time. Van Damme says he had no preconceived
notions about what products might work best for him.
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