My friends at Elytron just got back from the HAI HELI-EXPO, where they displayed the proof-of-concept model, along with some renders of the new concept “4S” (4-seater) model I just created for them. (See their site at http://elytron.aero/splash.html
) This is one in a series of aircraft that can take off and land vertically, cruise at high speed, and do both of those things for a lower cost than the equivalent helicopter configurations.
This is a great team to work with, and the process has gone quite well, using a very smooth and practical workflow.
I began with the technical parts of the design that had already been worked out, such as the wing/rotor configuration. Then, over a period of about 6 weeks, I shared my MODO workspace with them on live Skype calls, where we made adjustments. Since this was modeled in Psubs, it was simple to change the shape and move things around while on the call. After each call, I’d then refine those and produce renders. The rotor wing was rigged so it could rotate to the takeoff/landing position, as well as the cruise position. A cockpit, cabin interior with lighting and functioning cabin door, and landing gear were added during the process, as well as some general placement for the parts of the propulsion system and fuel. Finally, graphics and logos were added for the renders.
The fuselage shape was exported via the “Power SubD - NURBS” plug-in, and was successfully used for CFD (Computational Flow Dynamics) simulations within Solidworks, which revealed that the shape is not only efficient, but also a lifting body. We’ll be working on the “7S” (larger version in several configurations) next. All modeling, rigging, and rendering was done in MODO.
Here are a few of the new “4S” renders.
MODO, and the modo community ROCKS!
Message edited by Mike James modo on 3/6/2015 - 3:33 PM