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”