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Lightweight, High-Performance Airplane Engine

Company: ADEPT Airmotive
Industry: Manufacturing
Gallery Location: San Francisco

Streamlined prototyping helps level the playing field for a small design team.

South Africa’s ADEPT Airmotive was able to build an airplane engine that weighed 60 kg (132 pounds) less than traditional engines, with no loss of power. WithAutodesk® Inventor® 3D mechanical design software, a three-person core team created the lighter, more fuel efficient, and more eco-friendly spark ignition engine in less than two years, while streamlining processes, reducing costs, and producing far fewer physical prototypes. ADEPT designers produced engine molds directly from digital 3D models, and then were able to test complex components before manufacturing costly production tooling, significantly reducing operation and service costs.