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Lightweight, high-performance airplane engine

Company: ADEPT Airmotive

Industry: Manufacturing

Streamlined prototyping helps level the playing field for a small design team

South Africa’s ADEPT Airmotive was able to build an airplane engine that weighed 60 kg (132 pounds) less than traditional engines, with no loss of power. With Inventor 3D mechanical design software, a 3-person core team created the lighter, more fuel-efficient, and more eco-friendly spark ignition engine in less than 2 years, while streamlining processes, reducing costs, and producing far fewer physical prototypes. ADEPT designers produced engine molds directly from digital 3D models, and then were able to test complex components before manufacturing costly production tooling, significantly reducing operation and service costs.