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Sochi 2014 Design software part of project to keep US bob team golden

Editor: Eric Culp

A former race car driver hopes to return the Americans to the top of the podium.

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The US 2014 Olympic bobsled Night Train 2 high on wall during a run in Lake Placid, USA.
The US 2014 Olympic bobsled Night Train 2 high on wall during a run in Lake Placid, USA.
(Source: Dassault Systèmes)

Solidworks software from Dassault Systèmes helped the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project design a four-man bobsled for the US Olympic Team.

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Project founder and former Nascar driver Geoff Bodine wanted a winning US-made bobsled after he watched the team struggle with discarded European sleds at the 1992 Olympics. Bodine worked with design engineer Bob Cuneo to create and build the “Night Train.” That sled won Olympic gold for the US in the four-man bob at the 2010 Olympics, the first such victory in 62 years. The next generation sled Night Train 2 was designed to race for the US in Sochi.

Bodine lauded the software. “Solidworks helped us design using a lighter material and created multiple 3D prototypes of the bobsled on the computer so we could get it just the way we wanted it before we began building and manufacturing it.”

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