A chat with The Robot Whisperers: IMTS + Arc Welding

By Marc
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It takes more than just a pretty face!

As handsome as they are, I don’t think we will see Mike and Tony in next season’s lineup of reality shows (although Mike is already contacting his agent to give it a shot). However I do believe we are seeing something special about these two ordinary guys who call themselves The Robot Whisperers.

I caught up with The Robot Whisperers during the recent IMTS tradeshow in Chicago, Illinois. IMTS is the largest bi-annual manufacturing technology show in the Western Hemisphere, where more than 80,000 attendees from over 100 countries came to see and buy equipment and tooling.  Those lucky folks also had the opportunity to meet these two good looking guys who also happen to have a passion and knack for Robotics.

Here’s a recap of my chat with Mike and Tony:

Q:  What about all the attention you’re getting and why  the online series?

Tony: I think it is instrumental for our audience to connect with real people and build a relationship. The whole premise of the “The Robot Whisperers” is that we’re just two ordinary guys with an extraordinary passion for robotics who want to share our knowledge (and a few secrets) in using highly advanced 3D robotic simulation and programming tools. The technology is here now, and we want to help people understand it and learn how to use it in their production environments. Manufacturers and suppliers know that to survive and succeed, they must keep up with technology to find ways to cut costs, get more work and most importantly– stay ahead of their competitors. – Plus, the fans are great. Do you want an autographed 8×10 photo?

Mike: I’m in it fame and fortune of course! No, seriously (as he laughs) – But I am out of photographs, sorry! — I would just add to Tony’s comments that this e-series is also about learning how to improve your relationship with your robots. I don’t mean to run out and buy them flowers and candy. Your spouse or your mom might like that. But like any type of automated equipment, robots can only perform as well as they are programmed to do their tasks. You can’t reason with them or persuade them to do their job. If it is not done correctly, it could be disastrous to your production environment. Using a more advanced 3D robotic simulation and programming technology, such as the DELMIA solutions showcased in our series, OEMs, tooling suppliers or any sized company can avoid costly and dangerous mistakes. Plus, companies will realize that they can engineer more quickly and launch their products and production systems faster.

Just then a reporter from MCAD Café whisked them away for an onsite camera interview. I got the footage.  Here is what the Robot Whisperers had to say…

The Robot Whisperers video interview on MCAD Cafè

Unfortunately not all 82,411 attendees could meet our Whisperers, but those who did had the chance to ask questions, get ideas and find answers to their most urgent manufacturing problems. So if you did miss them, be on the lookout: they might just show up at some event, in some city – somewhere! But until then, you can always find them online at www.3ds.com/therobotwhisperers

You also may be interested in their latest online series video trailer below:

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or…

Episode 2, “Robotology for Arc Welding

Happy (robot) programming!

Marc

Marc Rakowski works for Dassault Systèmes Americas.

DraftSight Halloween Trick and Treat

By Kate
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Copyright: Don Scarborough

It’s not often that I get to link Dassault Systèmes software to fun holidays like Halloween, but today I’ve got a trick AND treat in store for you.

The Trick
Use DraftSight to design your Halloween pumpkin!  The software is available online and FREE.  The pumpkin design activity would be a fun, engaging educational/family activity.  Who knows, it may even inspire some professional choices for your kids?

The Treat
Your pumpkin will look dynamite and make all your neighbors jealous!

Here’s a video showing exactly how you can do this at home:

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If you do end up DraftSighting your Halloween pumpkin, please let us know by uploading a photo of your masterpiece to this post’s comment section.  We’d love to see your results!

Have a nice weekend,

Kate

“Ma pierre à l’édifice” 2010 Contest Winners Announced

By Herve
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The second edition of the “Ma pierre à l’édifice” contest is now over. This nationwide competition, organized by Dassault Systèmes, the French ministry of education and the Religious Heritage Observatory, was open to students aged 12-14. Contestants were challenged to conduct an in-depth study of a religious building from a multidisciplinary approach and to create a 3D representation of the building using 3DVIA Shape (please refer to this earlier post for more).

On June 3, 2010 contest jury members met at Dassault Systèmes Campus in Vélizy to examine submissions. The final round recognized three institutions for their outstanding models and documentation, visible on the “3DS Academy” dedicated page.

From September 2010 on, this contest will be opened to additional types of architecture, providing students with further innovative opportunities to express their talent.

Hervé.

Hervé Foucher

Hervé Foucher works for Dassault Systèmes Education Department and is in charge of online communities for students and educators.



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