1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 25, 2015 12:30 AM by Thomas Morgan-Witts

    Methods of designing an airplane

    Lance Plater

      Hi everyone,


      I have an full-scale airplane design that I would like to create from scratch on solidworks. I have seen many videos such as this: Lofts and Airplanes in Solidworks - YouTube


      where the aircraft is generated by eyeballing the placement of the spline curves and matching it with the design pictures. This does not seem to be a good way of generating an accurate surfaces that can then be prototyped and machined.  Is there a better way to design an aircraft in solidworks? I would imagine that there is a better way go about this for a real aircraft that is intended to be CAD-designed and then built. Perhaps some aerospace engineers have some experience with this?

        • Re: Methods of designing an airplane
          Thomas Morgan-Witts

          At the least i'd suggest using style splines instead of the standard splines the guy in the video is using. You'll get a better quality of curvature.


          Outside of that, SolidWorks has a tool called Auto Trace that might give you a better result for the technique. I'd also suggest getting as many dimensions on the spline as you can, that'd compensate for the slight inaccuracies of doing it by hand.