Research Excellence

Research Excellence

MDL is at the forefront of motor design innovation and technology. We are partners on several international research funded projects and work closely with leading manufacturers.

By combining MDL’s motor design knowledge and software tools on research projects, we help advance motor technologies through to production.

Our work in the automotive and aerospace sectors has helped manufactures deliver new products to the market, such as vehicle traction motors, tail-drive motors and electric regenerative rotors for helicopters.

Examples of funded programmes we have worked on:

  • Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC)
  • InnovateUK
  • Horizon 2020 (previously EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme)
  • Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative

Latest News

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.

International Women in Engineering Day 2018 – We asked our team, “Why engineering?”

To celebrate everything the INWED 2018 campaign is doing to raise the profile of women in engineering and inspire future engineers, we have been asking members of our team to talk to us about why they chose a career in engineering.


Motor-CAD Workshop: University of Stuttgart, Germany

MDL will be running an introductory Motor-CAD workshop at the University of Stuttgart on the 5th June 2019.

IEMDC 2019 – San Diego, US, 12th – 15th May 2019

Motor Design Ltd will be participating at the 2019 International Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC) in San Diego.

CWIEME Berlin – Berlin, Germany, 21st-23rd May 2019

Motor Design Ltd will be exhibiting in the brand new E-Mobility hall at CWIEME Berlin 2019.


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.