Aerojet RocketDyne Boosts 3D Visualization with PTC Creo View MCAD

From boosting jet take-off power for pilots in World War II, to supporting the TITAN vehicle program for more than 50 years, to creating the Orbital Maneuvering Engines over the entire course of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, Aerojet Rocketdyne has powered countless U.S. military and space exploration initiatives since the 1940s.  

More recently, the company’s technology played a critical role in NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which completed its historic flyby of Pluto. Aerojet Rocketdyne supplied 43 propulsion devices and 6 pressurant tanks aboard the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch vehicle and within the spacecraft’s propulsion systems.

“We are honored to play such an important role in helping scientists understand worlds at the edge of our solar system and look forward to continuing our legacy of supporting NASA in all aspects of space exploration, including delivering humans to Mars and beyond,” says Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president Eileen Drake.

Launch of the New Horizons spacecraft

Not surprisingly, space exploration initiatives continue to engage the company. For NASA’s crew exploration vehicle, dubbed Orion, Aerojet Rocketdyne is responsible for the jettison motor and the thrusters that are part of the crew and service modules. The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B secretive, unmanned space plane is also propelled by Aerojet Rocketdyne.

As a merchant supplier to the aerospace and defense industry, Aerojet Rocketdyne acts either as a prime contractor, where it sells directly to the end user, or as a subcontractor, where it sells products to other prime contractors. The complex systems designed by the company are relied on by its end-users to create thousands of pounds of thrust and contribute to the success of aerospace and defense missions.

To help drive its design and manufacturing processes, Aerojet Rocketdyne has invested in PTC Creo View MCAD. The software has significantly improved visualization of 3D design data, especially for assembly and manufacturing shops working with Aerojet RocketDyne designs. The shops can now view and extract information from 3D data without needing the native 3D application.

As a universal viewer for 3D MCAD products, PTC Creo View MCAD lets engineers and product developers easily share their models, assemblies, drawings, images, and documents. It supports comprehensive interrogation and visual collaboration and helps promote faster time to market by improving efficiency.

Sharing design data using PTC Creo View MCAD streamlines the design and production process. It also helps decrease costs by reducing errors and eliminating interoperability problems that are common when organizations exchange design data.

You can see more about Aerojet Rocketdyne in the video below. Look for PTC Creo at the :48 mark:


Find out how your design and manufacturing processes can use the same tools the rocket scientists use.   Download this free version of PTC’s viewer technology