Aero Design Series – Stock Wheel – Part 1: Intro and Initial Mockup

Welcome to the first in a line of Aero Design Video Series created by Matthew Gruber in collaboration with SOLIDWORKS and SolidXPerts! This first series is for beginners using SOLIDWORKS for the SAE Aero Design and Design/Build/Fly competitions. We will reproduce a stock part typically used in these competitions. In this case, we will be reproducing a wheel in SOLIDWORKS based on measurements of the actual part. This tutorial series will span the full design process, from initial mock-up all the way to final details.

This first tutorial in the 10-part series contains an introduction and an initial mock-up of the features used for the wheel.

In the next tutorial in this series, we will move from the initial mock-up to a detailed front plane sketch and revolve feature.

Be on the lookout for more series to come on a variety of beginner through intermediate and advanced topics!

Matthew Gruber is an alumni of Concordia University's Aero Design and Design/Build/Fly teams in 2015 through 2017, having joined after gaining an interest in helicopters and airplanes from living in Alaska. Now is in his 3rd year in the airframe stress group of the 525 helicopter program at Bell and with 1 year of internships at Bombardier behind him, he credits the hands-on learning and team project experiences in SAE and D/B/F as the most formative in his path towards aerospace engineering. Being able to create in programs like SolidWorks and then to build into realization is one of the most rewarding aspects of engineering. In his spare time, Matt likes backcountry snowboarding with his family dogs, bicycling for commuting, mountain trails and touring, looking for music and hanging out with friends and family. For fun, for practice, and for a connection with the education and University communities and you the students, Matt is stoked to bring you these aero design video series.