Martin Aircraft Company
- Cut mold development from three weeks to a day
- Eliminated need for prototype molds
- Accelerated jetpack development
- Named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2010
Martin Aircraft has created the world’s first practical jetpack, which was selected as one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2010. The New Zealand company will begin making and selling jetpacks for a mass market at a price comparable to a high-end motorcycle or car. To accelerate development, the jetpack maker decided to move from its AutoCAD® 2D tools to a 3D design platform in 2008.
Martin Aircraft selected SolidWorks® solutions to finalize development of the Martin Jetpack, implementing SolidWorks Professional and SolidWorks Premium design software, and the SolidWorks Simulation and SolidWorks Flow Simulation analysis applications. The company chose SolidWorks software because it provided the necessary design, simulation, and visualization capabilities and was already familiar to newly hired engineers and key partners. By implementing SolidWorks solutions, Martin Aircraft cut mold development from three weeks to a day, eliminated the need for prototype molds, accelerated jetpack development, and was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2010.
Previous CAD: AutoCAD
Products(s) Used: SolidWorks Simulation, SolidWorks Flow Simulation, SolidWorks Professional, SolidWorks Premium
Benefit: Value, Results, Power, Collaboration, 2D/3D Transition, Implementation, Ease of Use, Data Exchange, Career Advancement, Focus on Design, Design Better Products, Total Cost of Ownership, Innovation, Manufacturability, Advanced Modeling, Product-level Drawings, Automated Documentation, Photorealistic Renderings, Integration, Design Reuse
VAR: Intercad Pty. Ltd.