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    Travertson Motorcycles turns to SolidWorks

    Photo taken from Travertson website.

    The Waltham office of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. said today that Travertson Motorcycles is using a variety of its design tools to develop new motorcycles, more evidence that Greater Boston is emerging as a hub for vehicle design work.

    Company engineers in Waltham have already been at work improving digital tools used by major automakers such as Ford, Honda, BMW, Jaguar, and Land Rover.

    And Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks isn’t alone in providing services and tools for the auto industry. In Needham, Parametric Technology Corp. --- a.k.a. PTC --- has such industry clients as Hyundai and Volvo. On the motorcycle front, it counts Harley-Davidson and Triumph as customers.


    Traverston, for its part, specializes in luxury motorcycles.

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    By using SolidWorks Professional tools, Traverston engineers can validate designs and virtually determine effects of force and pressure. As a result, Travertson doesn’t need to do physical testing on an expensive, long-to-fabricate prototype, SolidWorks said. That dramatically cuts the cost of designing each part.

    “When I first began designing bikes in the 1970s, my only tools were a ruler and my imagination,” Christian Travert, owner of Travertson Motorcycles, said in a statement. “What a difference to have SolidWorks today. It enables us to not only make a stellar product, but to provide a level of customization that our competitors can’t. The simulation capabilities have saved us a lot of time and money by acting as a safety net for design integrity.”

    Chris Reidy can be reached at