United States Brand: CATIA, SOLIDWORKS
Industry: Aerospace & Defense, Transportation & Mobility

Terrafugia Inc. was formed in 2006 by engineers and flying enthusiasts to create just such a vehicle. The company is closing in on the successful realization of that dream with delivery of the first Transition Roadable Aircraft, scheduled for 2012. The Transition was conceived as a vehicle that makes aviation more accessible to private pilots.

The Challenge

Broaden access to general aviation by resolving the design challenges of a lightweight vehicle that is both a plane and an automobile.

Dassault Systèmes Response

Terrafugia chose SolidWorks professional 3D software to design its Transition Roadable Aircraft and CATIA Composites Design integrated with Simulayt to optimize composite lay-ups to maximize strength and durability while minimizing weight.


Using DS software enabled Terrafugia to accelerate design of its Proof of Concept vehicle, reduce the vehicle weight significantly during the composites design process, and cut development time through integration of composite design and analysis.