The Griffon engine was a higher-output engine option fitted to the infamous Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane, the backbone of the Royal Air Force Fighter Command during World War II.
Nearly 75 years later, graduate apprentices at Rolls-Royce are working on an exciting project to remanufacture components for the Griffon. Since there are no complete drawings to work from, the newly hired engineers are taking scans from the original engine components and using these to re-model the parts in NX to create high-quality reference models.
As well as being used for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), the CAD models are also being used to virtually simulate the engine in operation. The project aims to help familiarize graduate apprentices with the NX software Rolls-Royce uses in the context of real engineering scenarios.
The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust generously lent Siemens PLM the Griffon engine to showcase at the UK Simulation Engineering Show an example of great accomplishment in engineering.
The Heritage Trust promotes and preserves the history of engineering excellence in Rolls-Royce. Siemens PLM thanks them for their dedication and generosity.