- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 11 May 2001
Q & A: Any Mac software for designing aircraft?
Architosh reader Bertie Hall wrote in with an interesting request regarding aerospace design software, something quite out of the way of our normal AEC CAD/3D focus but nevertheless a really good question. Besides, from what our sources tell us, the Mac has been a longtime favorite among the aerospace crowd (and we aren't just talking NASA folks).
Some Sources of Mac Aerospace
For starters one of the most successful airplane designers is Burt Rutan, a former U.S. Air Force flight test engineer and the designer of the famous Voyagerthe first plane to fly around the world without refueling.
Rutan is a BIG Mac fan! He uses Macs for his enterprises and engineering. Apple has a whole feature on him and you can check him out and learn about what he uses Macs for.
Some Macintosh CAD, 3D and Engineering Apps Useful to Aerospace Design and ID of Curved Bodies
For starters you can check our DPG: Digital Practice Guide under CAD for Engineering and Technical. All of this for the Mac, of course. You can also check out the following links:
Mac 3D: Industrial Design
What Apps are Available for engineering analysis?
Ashlar's Vellum Draft and Solids products are superb general mechanical CAD programs with Solids 2000 being the key 3D product. Nolian by Softing is a very good Finite Element Methods program (and there are others for the Mac). And there is Neoform by Formation Systems.
FormZ is also a good general purpose modeler as well as solidThinking by GESTEL. You can find those apps listed in our directories.
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