Posts with tag: ‘aerospace’

Project spotlight: Hybrid Air Vehicles

Founded in 2007, Hybrid Air Vehicles is the company behind the innovative Airlander range of hybrid aircraft. They utilise new aerospace technology that combines the best characteristics of fixed wing aircraft with helicopters and "lighter-than-air" technology to create a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft, with a significantly lower carbon footprint and operating cost than other forms of air transport. The Airlander 10 is designed to stay airborne for up to five days at a time to fulfill a wide range of communication and survey roles, as well as cargo carrying and tourist passenger flights.

I talked to Mike Durham, Technical Director, about their vehicle and the development process.

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NASA Challenge seeks fresh ideas for the ISS

GrabCAD is incredibly proud to host the Handrail Clamp Assembly Challenge with NASA. NASA has been investigating 3D printing technology in space for some time now and this Challenge is another great milestone. GrabCADrs are invited to submit fresh 3d printable handrail clamp ideas for the International Space Station (ISS). I asked Niki Werkheiser, In-space Manufacturing Project Manager at NASA to reveal a bit more about the the background of this Challenge.

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Meet the manager of engineering labs at Bell Helicopter

Ever since I was a little boy I have been interested in helicopters - one of the most complex and intriguing flying vehicles. In my opinion, developing a reliable and safe rotorcraft is on the leading edge of engineering. Naturally, I was very excited when Randall Willnow, Manager of Engineering Labs, Materials and Processes at Bell Helicopter agreed to answer a few questions. I could talk about their aircraft forever, but for brevity's sake I stuck to more high-level questions.

Bell Helicopter is a division of Textron and an American rotorcraft manufacturer headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was founded in 1935 and has delivered more than 35,000 aircraft to date.

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Crowdsourcing Sparks New Space Race

The explosive growth in crowdsourcing as a viable means of raising capital for artistic and product design projects has leaked into the most adventurous and daring of human endeavours - space exploration. Via crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, engineers and dreamers have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for launching satellites, making spacesuits or even creating space elevators. Space is not the exclusive domain of the State, but groups of like-minded individuals connected by their passions and the Internet.

Rocket Launch

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Engineer’s Spotlight – Chris Shakal

What’s a great jet aircraft design without a jet engine? For most aerospace CAD designers, you’ve probably seen and downloaded the work of this fine GrabCAD Engineer, Chris Shakal. With 3 out of the top 5 most downloaded Jet Engine designs on GrabCAD, Chris has turned his passion for aviation into parasolids, sharing with everyone. So we decided who better than Chris for another Engineer’s Spotlight!



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RC plane CAD models – from propellers to engines to planes

Radio-controlled aircrafts are too much fun and we’re happy to see RC plane CAD models show up in our library. It’s an interesting niche that deserves a little attention.

Extra 300 rc plane

That’s the Extra 300 plane (SolidWorks version). Of course you could just buy one for a few hundred dollars but engineers wouldn’t be engineers if they didn’t model one themselves (check out the next model) to see if they can improve a certain characteristics. Paulo Henrique Faria has also uploaded a nice 26 cc engine that fits the plane perfectly.

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