ATR is digitizing the design drawings for the ATR 72 regional turboprop, a four-year endeavor that shows how 3-D digital mockups have become all-important, even for an aircraft in service for three decades. The need the Toulouse-based manufacturer identified is different than what manufacturers usually emphasize when using the latest in computer-aided design (CAD). For example, in 2002, when Dassault Aviation praised the benefits of designing its Falcon 7X with Dassault Systemes’ ...

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