About Motor Design

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 and consultancy services to electric machine designers at some of the most prestigious aerospace, automotive and industrial companies worldwide.

An Ansys Company

Creating an Unparalleled Workflow with Ansys Inc.

Motor Design Ltd are pleased to announce that we are now a part of the Ansys family, which enables us to continue our goal of creating an unparalleled workflow for electric machine design.

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Our Expertise

Software, Research and Consultancy

Motor Design's History

40 Years of Industry Knowledge & Skills

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, David 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, becoming the world-leading multiphysics design tool dedicated to the design of electric motors.

Read our recent interview with Dave, celebrating MDL’s 20th anniversary, here.

Our Software Partners

Collaboration for Seamless Simulation

Motor Design Ltd has strategic partnerships with leading software simulation partners worldwide, delivering collaborative tools and processes to advance electric motor design and their integration into driveline systems.

Our partnerships
  • Ansys Partnership

    The software links between Motor-CAD and Ansys®, provide a seamless approach to modelling and analysing electric motor designs from concept through to manufacturing feasibility.

  • Romax Technology Partnership

    The easy import from Motor-CAD to Romax tools helps engineers apply time-series radial force and torque-ripple data from motor simulations into driveline models to correctly take into account the effects of electromagnetic forces.

  • Dynardo Partnership

    optiSLang is a tool from Dynardo that optimizes your product designs by combining the powerful parametric modeling capabilities of Motor-CAD with the Robust Design Optimization (RDO) methods of optiSLang.

  • TechNet Alliance Membership

    Motor Design Ltd is an active Principal Member of the TechNet Alliance: a Global Network of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Experts dedicated to consulting, support, training, marketing and distribution of CAE software and technology.

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