Aircraft Design Software (ADS) offers a way to make a complete conceptual design of a single or multi engine aircraft of different sizes, from the small UAV to the light commuter aircraft. It was developed 20 years ago by Didier Breyne, founder and managing director of OAD, but first put on the market in 2009. It’s undergone many updates over the years and is expecting its newest “version to be released at the end of this year 2017,” Breyne told ArchiExpo e-Magazine in a phone interview.
Aircraft designers, amateur builders, universities and research institutes are currently able to create full 3-D conceptual designs of their aircrafts, but with this upcoming version they’ll also be able to send their ADS designs to 3-D printers to develop a hard copy of their aircrafts. With ADS users are also able to compare their designs to existing aircrafts and put together a business plan using marketing and financial analysis tools via the software.
Breyne has a degree in mechanical engineering. He has several years of work experience in nuclear physics as project manager for a research center. In addition, he has several years of experience in the development of software for modeling atmospheric activity. For several years now, he works part-time in Ecole Centrale Paris and Beijing to teach the conceptual design.
He developed ADS while working on the design of a light aircraft. He believes, based on experience in conceptual design, that the conceptual design phase is an essential step in the development of a product, and must be done with high accuracy.