mold loft[′mōld ‚lȯft]
A large building with a smooth wooden floor where full-size lines of a ship or airplane are laid down and templates are constructed from them to lay off the steel for cutting.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a shipyard facility with a smooth floor that is usually painted black. A ship’s lines are laid out full-scale on the mold loft floor. The lines are then used to prepare templates for cutting out and bending individual elements of the shell plating and the framing. The aviation industry also uses mold lofts.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.