April 3, 2008

ADEPT Airmotive: Autodesk's Inventor of the Month

San Rafael, Calif. - Autodesk Inc. announced that ADEPT Airmotive (ADEPT), a 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, a 320-horsepower general aviation engine with a compact design that offers low vibration levels and high structural integrity. The 28-pound engine is lighter than a traditional piston engine of comparable horsepower, translating to fuel efficiencies and less impactful on the environment.   
The Inventor of the Month program (www.autodesk.com/inventorofthemonth) recognizes the most innovative design and engineering advancements made by the extensive community using Autodesk Inventor softwar, the foundation of the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping.   
Leveraging Digital Prototyping capabilities within Inventor allowed ADEPT to produce accurate 3D models of the 320T before anything was actually built, 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. The speedy process allowed 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.  
This optimization process allowed ADEPT to minimize 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.  
Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the more than 700,000 users of Autodesk Inventor software, the foundation for Digital Prototyping.  Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and groundbreaking innovation. For more information on Autodesk Inventor of the Month, contact Autodesk  at IOM@autodesk.com.