ADEPT Airmotive named Autodesk Inventor of the Month

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Autodesk has named ADEPT Airmotive as its Autodesk Inventor of the Month for March 2008 in recognition of the company's use of Autodesk Inventor and digital prototyping in the development of a new type of general aviation engine.

Autodesk is announcing that ADEPT Airmotive, an innovative manufacturer of general aviation engines for the light aircraft market, has been named as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for March 2008. ADEPT relied upon Autodesk Inventor engineering design software to develop its 320T – an innovative 320-horsepower general aviation engine with a compact design that offers low vibration levels and high structural integrity. The 280lb. engine is lighter than a traditional piston engine of comparable horsepower, allowing the 320T to reduce fuel consumption significantly.

The Inventor of the Month programme ( recognises the most innovative design and engineering advancements made by the extensive community using Autodesk Inventor software – the foundation of the Autodesk offering for Digital Prototyping.

Leveraging digital prototyping capabilities within Inventor enabled ADEPT to produce accurate 3D models of the 320T before anything was actually built — thereby reducing the number of physical prototypes that needed to be constructed. Processes that once took hours — such as changing the wall thickness of an engine component — were completed almost instantaneously with Inventor. This enabled engineers to spend less time constructing geometric models and more time creating innovative designs - and then simulating the performance of the designs under real-world conditions.

Richard Schulz, managing director at ADEPT, comments: “Digital Prototyping was absolutely critical because it allowed us to bring a single digital model through every phase of design and development. We were able to explore the form, fit and function of our designs, without expending time and resources on physical prototypes.”

This optimisation process enabled ADEPT to minimise potentially expensive downstream changes by catching errors before they reached manufacturing. As a result, ADEPT — with a core team of only three designers — was able to produce a working prototype of the 320T, paving the way for the introduction of a new generation of modern general aviation engines.

Robert 'Buzz' Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions, says: “Digital Prototyping allows manufacturers of any size to innovate more effectively while simplifying the concept to manufacturing process. ADEPT’s remarkable achievements are a testament to this notion, and it is a pleasure to name them as our Inventor of the Month for March.”

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