Motor-CAD Software

About MDL

Motor Design Ltd (MDL) is a world leader in developing advanced software and tools for electric machine design. We have been developing electric motor design software since 1998.

Our software, Motor-CAD, is recognised worldwide as class-leading motor design software. We use our expert knowledge of designing electric motors to provide software support to electric machine designers at some of the most prestigious aerospace, automotive and industrial companies worldwide.

The design consulting services we offer cover all aspects of motor design from concept, performance optimisation, through to test and prototype development. Our customers benefit from our years of experience in designing electric motors and in-depth knowledge of simulation techniques.

Research and innovation is at the heart of what we do. We are active on several international research funded projects and have developed advanced motor solutions for the automotive and aerospace markets.

History
Dr David Staton’s PhD research studies at the University of Sheffield in the 1980s centred on the development of CAD software for electric machines. In 1998, he became the founder of the pioneering company, Motor Design Limited, with the specific aim of developing Motor-CAD – the world’s first and only motor design software designed to simplify the complexities of thermal analysis. Since then the software has developed significantly. Dave Staton is an expert in the thermal analysis of electric motors and has published well over 100 technical papers and books. He presents tutorials at electrical machine design conferences worldwide. Visit our Resource Library to view other MDL publications and papers. MDL’s main offices are in the UK. The company also operates a worldwide distribution network. MDL’s highly experienced team of global distributors have been successfully marketing Motor-CAD software for fifteen years.  
Green Technology
  Motor Design Limited (MDL) is completely committed to supporting emerging green technology and renewable energy. The software is already helping to drive the green revolution and the viability of renewable energy. It is used by electric vehicle and aircraft manufacturers to optimise the size of motors and reduce CO2 emissions. MDL’s product is also used to ensure that green alternatives, such as wind generators, have the correct cooling. In partnership with the University of Bristol and Adapted Solutions, MDL are part of the EU’s Clean Skies Joint Technology Initiative. MDL is developing thermal models for novel motor and generator topologies to aid the design of a new Helicopter Electric Regenerative Rotor Brake (HERRB) for AgustaWestland Helicopters. MDL’s expertise enables the development of reliable models that can work with other models to ensure reliable system simulation leading to optimum design. ELETAD is another partnership project, this time with the Universities of Bristol and Bucharest and Lucchi Rimini Elettromecanica. MDL is contributing to the development and build of a prototype electric tail rotor for AgustaWestland Helicopters. This is another Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative funded by the EU. MDL is helping to bring green energy to households in the UK and Ireland. Our experts are providing the expertise to support the design and manufacture of a state-of-the-art series of wind turbines. These are equipped with direct driven permanent magnet machines and cover a power range from 6kW to 100kW.

     

Latest News

Read our latest white paper on ‘Performance Analysis of Electric Motor Technologies for an Electric Vehicle Powertrain’

In our latest white paper, we discuss how different design choices, such as motor topology, winding type and cooling system, can be compared and evaluated with the overall system impact in mind.

Celebrating 20 years of Motor Design Ltd and Motor-CAD

Motor Design Ltd is proud to celebrate 20 years of Motor-CAD software! Read our interview with MDL founder and company president, Dr David Staton.

Latest software release – Motor-CAD v12

Motor Design Ltd is delighted to announce the release of Motor-CAD v12 — the latest version of our unique software package dedicated to the electromechanical performance of motors and generators and the optimisation of their cooling.

Motor-CAD European User Conference 2019

We are delighted to announce that Motor Design Ltd’s inaugural European Motor-CAD User Conference will take place on the 20th-21st February 2019, in Birmingham, UK. The two-day event will bring together engineers and researchers working on eMachine design to learn about technological developments, share best practice and discuss their challenges and approaches.

Workshop on ‘Design Trends and Performance Analysis of BEV & HEV Electric Machines’ at Motor & Drive Systems 2019

Dr. David Staton will be running a workshop on ‘Design Trends and Performance Analysis of BEV & HEV Electric Machines’ at the 2019 Motor & Drive Systems Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Electric Drive Tail Rotor Team wins Team Bronze Medal at 2018 RAeS awards

We are delighted to announce that the Electric Drive Tail Rotor Team, which included representatives from MDL, was awarded a Team Bronze Medal at the 2018 Royal Aeronautical Society awards ceremony in November.

Watch our webinar on ‘Accounting for AC Winding Losses in the Electric Machine Design Process using Motor-CAD’

Watch a recording of our recent webinar on ‘Accounting for AC Winding Losses in the Electric Machine Design Process using Motor-CAD’.

UK Training Course on the Design of BPM and Induction Motors – 16th-18th October 2018

Registration open for our training course on the design of brushless permanent magnet (BPM) and induction motors using Motor-CAD.

U.S. Motor-CAD Users Meeting and Training – 17th-21st September 2018

Register now to attend our U.S. Motor-CAD users meeting and training course, taking place from 17th-21st September 2018 in Mason, Ohio

MDL welcomes Michael Rubbo – dedicated customer support for Motor-CAD users based in the U.S.

Motor Design Ltd are delighted to introduce Michael Rubbo, who will be supporting Motor-CAD users based in the U.S. as a Lead Applications Engineer.

Events

Motor-CAD North America User Conference 2019

The 2019 Motor-CAD North America User Conference will take place in October in Detroit.

DISTRIBUTORS

The Motor-CAD software is distributed worldwide. Our carefully selected partners are experts in the use of the software and can provide support and training.

To find a distributor near you, click on the link below.