Mirror Image’s primary focus is to develop an affordable point-to-point commuter aircraft that will allow people to bypass crowded surface traffic and fly to their destinations using Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) technology. Prior to utilizing SolidWorks CAD software, the company faced the enormous task of just defining the concept. We had a good, sound functional design for the duct housing, but the rest of the aircraft had very little definition. We used clay, wood, and fiberglass to sculpt small-scale concepts and design variations which took an enormous amount of time, materials, and effort.
As the main contractor for the Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System (MARES), NTE-SENER developed a sophisticated system to help astronauts exercise while onboard the International Space Station and to enable researchers to study the negative impacts of zero gravity on human muscles, and the effectiveness of the counter measures on board. Working on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), and in tandem with the NASA Human Research Facility (HRF), NTE-SENER faced significant engineering and communications challenges on the development of the MARES system, which required 3D tools.
Terrafugia, Inc. has turned the drivable plane into a reality. Established in 2006 by award-winning, MIT-trained aeronautical engineers and MBAs, the company has developed the Transition® aircraft, a personal airplane that converts into an automobile. In selecting a design package for the project, the company’s founders realized that the nature of the project – with two sets of safety and performance standards – would require a robust, flexible 3D design platform.
BAE Systems’ Intelligence, Electronics & Support operation in Crestview, Florida, develops defensive and communications systems for retrofitting on military aircraft. The group was an early adopter of 3D CAD technology in 1997, when it transitioned from AutoCAD 2D CAD software to 3D technology in order to respond to defense contracts more quickly, control costs more effectively, and grow operations more efficiently.
Taylor-Deal Aviation (TDA), LLC, provides aviation design and engineering services, and specializes in the modification of aircraft interiors for corporate jet, VIP/head-of-state aircraft, and military applications. SolidWorks Enterprise PDM enables Taylor-Deal Aviation to accelerate development of its modifications for VIP aircraft through improved management of project design data.