DarkAero Chooses Onshape For Experimental Aircraft Design | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited-11-12-18

Airborne Unmanned-11-13-18

Airborne Unlimited-11.14.18

AMA Drone Report-11.08.18

Airborne Unlimited-11.09.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited-11-12-18

Airborne Unmanned-11-13-18

Airborne Unlimited-11.14.18

AMA Drone Report-11.08.18

Airborne Unlimited-11.09.18

Tue, Oct 30, 2018

DarkAero Chooses Onshape For Experimental Aircraft Design

Aviation Startup Cites Cloud CAD’s Multi-Part 3D Modeling And 'Trouble-Free' Data Management For Streamlining Design Process

DarkAero, a Wisconsin startup specializing in aerospace composite products and high-performance experimental kit aircraft, has chosen Onshape as its primary CAD system. The company is currently developing the DarkAero 1, a two-seat carbon-fiber aircraft designed to be faster, lighter and more fuel-efficient than current kit aircraft available today.

The FAA certifies kit aircraft for safety and airworthiness, classifying them in their experimental category. Pilots building experimental aircraft devote 1,000 to 2,000 man hours assembling these kits. The most popular kit airplanes on the market are around 200 miles per hour maximum cruise speed and have a 1,000 mile range tops,” says DarkAero CEO Ryley Karl. “For the DarkAero 1, we’re targeting a maximum cruise speed of 275 miles per hour and a range of over 1,500 miles depending on your payload and cruise speed. Onshape is helping us design for a higher level of performance.”

“As an aerospace engineer, I’ve worked with NX, Pro/E, and SOLIDWORKS in my career. I quickly realized the advantage Onshape provides for modeling aircraft. For top-down design, the Multi-Part Part Studio felt much easier and more efficient to me,” he adds. “It makes sense to simultaneously work on the plane’s shell, ribs and structure.”

In Onshape’s Multi-Part Part Studio, all parts related to one another are designed together in one place, instead of the traditional file-based CAD approach of bouncing back and forth between individual part files. By defining common features and inter-part relationships in one place, engineers can ensure that the results of their design changes are predictable and robust. “DarkAero is not only striving to build faster and more fuel-efficient planes, they’re also aiming to deliver sleek aesthetics – like a sports car in the sky,” says Onshape co-founder John McEleney. “We’re proud that Onshape is playing a role in helping DarkAero push the limits of recreational aviation.”

Karl adds that Onshape’s real-time data management – which enables every member of a team to instantly see each other’s design changes made from anywhere – was another key reason DarkAero decided to choose the cloud CAD system. “When I was using SOLIDWORKS, it was especially frustrating to manage part files. Even when you know what you’re doing, there always seems to be issues when you update or change something,” he recalls. “Your parts would fail if you didn’t rename them correctly. Onshape has a much more streamlined and trouble-free approach. Using Onshape has just been a no-brainer for us.”

The first DarkAero 1 prototype is slated to debut at the 2019 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin next July.

(Source: DarkAero news release)

FMI: DarkAero.com

Advertisement

More News

Aero-Help Wanted: ANN REALLY Needs A Sales Pro

ANN/Airborne/Aero-TV Marketing Department Needs Part or Full Time Personnel E-I-C Note: For some reason, finding really motivated/honest/professional sales help has been a tough gi>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 11.06.18: Autonomous Sikorsky, Trusted Operator, Northwest UAV

Also: Drones Deliver Vaccines, High-Resolution Forecasts, Microsoft Azure, Propeller Aero And DJI U.S. Army pilots exercised supervised autonomy to direct an optionally-piloted hel>[...]

AMA Drone Report 11.08.18: FAI Championships, Drone Controller, Vaccines By Air

Also: Mavic 2 Pro Eval Starts, DJI Expands, FlightSafety Test Prep, What’s A ‘Hover 2?’ Imagine being a 15-year-old drone racer from Australia... and now imagine >[...]

Airborne 11.12.18: Hawkins OUT of Icon, Hoversurf = Ultralight, $$$ USAF Mugs

Also: SimCom TBM910 FTD, JAL Pilot Arrested, New Contract For 15 E175s, Aero-TV: DeltaHawk Diesel The other shoe has dropped... Kirk Hawkins, the driving force behind the Icon Airc>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 11.13.18: Parrot AG Solution, Kratos Expands, Precisionhawk

Also: ERAU Certified, AeroVironment Award, International Brain-Drone Race, Relmatech's Direct Broadcast Platform European drone group Parrot has introduced Bluegrass Fields, an end>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC