SolidWorks used to design unique motorcycle solution
Motorcycle riders are inherently exposed to the elements, and this can create issues in several different areas. Rain and sun can cause extreme discomfort, making travel unpleasant. More importantly, sleet, snow and rain can create dangerous road conditions, both by reducing visibility and decreasing traction. If an automobile crashes, there are major defenses protecting the driver and passengers. Motorcycle riders are far more vulnerable.
For these reasons, Roof For Two has used SolidWorks software to develop an affordable solution to minimize the effects of weather on motorcycle riders.
Roof For Two was founded by several Tufts University graduates last year with the goal of creating a method for reducing the risks of inclement weather on motorcycle riders in South Asia, where this is a particularly popular mode of transportation. By using SolidWorks simulation software, the company was able to design a collapsible, detachable roof that can offer protection to motorcycle riders.
"We've essentially created a sleek portable 'tent' that easily attaches to a motorcycle," said co-founder and head of product development David Chen. "When taking on a project like this, it's important to weigh all factors, including air flow. This consideration made SolidWorks Simulation a critical tool for us, as we determined how the product would stand up to wind, rain, and other drivers; it is the key to design integrity and safety."
The product is currently being tested and will likely hit the market next year.
SolidWorks and transportation
Roof For Two is not the first organization to utilize SolidWorks to improve transportation design. Orange County Choppers, a company that designs and builds customized motorcycles, has used the software ever since the success of the television show "American Chopper" led to a surge of orders.
"SolidWorks has become the backbone of our development effort because everything revolves around the SolidWorks model," said senior designer Jason Pohl.