CoaX Helicopters Ltd.
Commercializing Coaxial Rotor Helicopter Technology with SOLIDWORKS Solutions
ACCELERATING HELICOPTER DEVELOPMENTUsing SOLIDWORKS Premium design software, CoaX Helicopters has accelerated development, designing, manufacturing, and testing its first functional prototype in a year and a half. “The coaxial rotor helicopter is well-thought-through technology, and our challenge was to quickly redesign prior versions using modern materials and technologies to bring it back to life,” Batten notes. “With SOLIDWORKS, we were up and running in a year, and building and flying a prototype in just 18 months. Since then we have used the knowledge gained and our SOLIDWORKS capability to progress to a larger, more capable prototype.” “Complete development of a manned experimental aircraft in that short a time frame is a significant achievement,” Batten adds. “SOLIDWORKS saved our team of five engineers years in development time. Frankly, we couldn’t do what we’re doing with the body, and utilize the number of available parts this quickly, without SOLIDWORKS.”
CONTROLLING PROTOTYPING AND MANUFACTURING COSTSCoaX Helicopters also took advantage of the integrated finite element analysis (FEA) tools in SOLIDWORKS Premium to validate safety and performance, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in prototyping and manufacturing costs in the process. “Our underlying philosophy for commercializing coaxial rotor helicopter development is that we have to do it safely,” Batten points out. “While we know that the design works, we need to be able to validate performance and safety without building and testing numerous prototypes.” “With SOLIDWORKS Premium software, we can quickly conduct design analyses regarding safety, durability, and performance,” Batten continues. “For example, we used SOLIDWORKS Simulation to validate the strength of our fuel-tank supports and study torsional stresses, as well as dampen vibration in critical areas.”
DEMONSTRATING TECHNOLOGY, PREPARING FOR MANUFACTURINGIn addition to relying on SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis solutions for development, CoaX Helicopters leverages SOLIDWORKS Composer technical communication software to demonstrate the technology to prospective customers and investors, as well as prepare its manned and unmanned helicopter designs for manufacturing and assembly. “We use SOLIDWORKS Composer software not only to develop imagery that looks like a finished product, and animations of how the technology works, but also to portray and prepare what we’re going to build,” Batten explains. “SOLIDWORKS Composer software allows us to show the assembly and disassembly of an entire aircraft, providing manufacturing and assembly instructions that are non-language specific,” Batten says. “This capability will enable us to move quickly during production because we can take advantage of regional manufacturing and assembly facilities irrespective of the spoken language.”
Advance and refine coaxial rotor helicopter technology development for use in manned and unmanned commercial applications.
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- Developed functional prototype in 18 months
- Cut years of development time
- Saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in prototyping costs
- Improved helicopter safety and stability
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Premium