Smartflyer, Ltd. Innovates Aviation with SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE Works
SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and 3DEXPERIENCE Works product development solutions combine to save valuable time and IT costs while optimizing product quality and efficiency
Efficiently and cost-effectively develop the world’s first pure electric, electric/gas hybrid, and electric fuel cell aircraft.
Leverage SOLIDWORKS® design software and 3DEXPERIENCE® Works solutions—including Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS, Collaborative Industry Innovator, and Collaborative Business Innovator – on the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
- Realized secure, real-time collaborative design environment
- Developed innovative product without need for server infrastructure or IT staff
- Collaborated effectively across distances with Czech design team and Swiss manufacturer
- Accelerated cost-effective development of innovative product
The Swiss company, Smartflyer Ltd. (https://smartflyer.ch), is on the threshold of a new era in aviation, moving from traditional combustion and jet engines for propulsion to aircraft that utilize pure electric, electric/gas hybrid, and electric fuel cell-based motors for propulsion.
Founded by CEO and Design Head Rolf Stuber, Smartflyer is anticipating the increased need for electric motors in certain areas of aviation because they are emission-free, light, powerful, and extremely reliable due to their simple design.
With a projected range of more than 400 nautical miles and four-passenger capacity, the aircraft produces 50 percent less CO2 and 60 percent less noise with 30 percent lower direct operating costs. The Smartflyer is set for its first test flight in 2023.
Innovative Technology Requires Innovative Tools
Smartflyer chose to leverage the combination of SOLIDWORKS® design software and 3DEXPERIENCE® Works solutions on the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform to develop its groundbreaking hybrid electric aircraft.
The Swiss company wanted 3DEXPERIENCE Works because the solutions support a secure, collaborative development environment that is accessible to all team members regardless of location.
With the 3DEXPERIENCE Works solutions, we create a base from which we unleash our innovative strength,” Stuber explains. “We don’t have to worry about software updates, data mirroring, or data backups, but can fully focus on the development of the Smartflyer.
SOLIDWORKS design software and 3DEXPERIENCE Works solutions provide Smartflyer with a full range of robust design, engineering, collaboration, communication, data management, and manufacturing tools within a secure, collaborative development environment in the cloud.
With a highly complex, interdisciplinary project like the development of an electric hybrid aircraft, it is vital that all Smartflyer employees can access the information they need to complete their work at any time. Moreover, when the geographically dispersed team needs to get together to collaborate or conduct design reviews, 3DEXPERIENCE Works communication and visualization tools make these meetings seem like everyone is in the same room.
“3DEXPERIENCE Works solutions enable us to securely store all project-relevant information in a central location to which everyone involved has access,” notes CAD Administrator Gildas Höllmüller. “In addition to the design data, this also includes manufacturing data and team communication. External partners can also be involved.”
Lowering Costs While Optimizing Quality
Smartflyer is accelerating the development of its electric hybrid plane while simultaneously realizing substantial cost savings. “3DEXPERIENCE Works solutions on the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform are scalable, meaning we can add and scale-up solutions to support the growth and progress of our dynamic team,” Stuber points out.
“Overall, with 3DEXPERIENCE Works solutions, we save valuable time and IT costs and at the same time optimize product quality and efficiency,” Stuber adds. “This is very valuable to us. And, if there are any questions, SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE reseller Solid Solutions is extremely helpful, available immediately, and can even help on site if necessary.”