How Terrafugia Designed Its Flying Car

How do you design a street-legal, FAA-approved flying car that has a chance at commercial success? Samuel Schweighart, the co-founder and VP of engineering at Terrafugia, has a pretty good idea. Schweighart is one of the brains behind the Transition, a $250,000 flying car set to be released in late 2011.

The bulk of the Transition’s engineering work was performed in SolidWorks, a 3-D CAD design program. Schweighart used the software to make components fit correctly in the vehicle, to ensure enough room for range clearances, and analyze metal parts for strength. “Essentially we built the plane in SolidWorks before building it in real life,” Schweighart says.

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BY Ariel Schwartzhttp://www.fastcompany.com/1692134/how-terrafugia-designed-its-flying-car

How do you design a street-legal, FAA-approved flying car that has a chance at commercial success? Samuel Schweighart, the co-founder and VP of engineering at Terrafugia, has a pretty good idea. Schweighart is one of the brains behind the Transition, a $250,000 flying car set to be released in late 2011.

The bulk of the Transition’s engineering work was performed in SolidWorks, a 3-D CAD design program. Schweighart used the software to make components fit correctly in the vehicle, to ensure enough room for range clearances, and analyze metal parts for strength. “Essentially we built the plane in SolidWorks before building it in real life,” Schweighart says. Leer más “How Terrafugia Designed Its Flying Car”

Manage and exchange CAD files on the go.

For architects, engineers, surveyors and others who depend on computer-aided design, working remotely typically means gathering data offsite by hand and then bringing it back to the office for input and use with the CAD software installed there. SitePAD is a new iPhone app that aims to change all that by allowing users to create, manage and exchange CAD files on the go


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For architects, engineers, surveyors and others who depend on computer-aided design, working remotely typically means gathering data offsite by hand and then bringing it back to the office for input and use with the CAD software installed there. SitePAD is a new iPhone app that aims to change all that by allowing users to create, manage and exchange CAD files on the go. Leer más “Manage and exchange CAD files on the go.”

Art and Design: Spot the Difference


What is the difference between art and design – these days, is there a difference? It is an ongoing discussion, and is a philosophical point as opposed to a scientific issue. There are some very black and white areas in the distinctions between the two disciplines, but also some very gray areas. In this article I will be pointing out the clear-cut differences, and addressing the undefined points.

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