Focus on the Future: An Exchange with Med Students

By Charles
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Check out the video below of our CEO, Bernard Charlès, listening to and brainstorming with medical school students about new applications for 3D technology in healthcare:

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The students share their ideas about how 3D experiences could make their jobs easier through role-playing, modeling the human body, simulating the results of taking medication, personalizing patient care, and developing next-generation medical equipment.

Bernard further stimulates their imaginations by showing on his iPad concrete examples of:

  • Reducing the suffering of burn victims (watch video below);
  • Simulating the effects of smoking and drinking;
  • Demonstrating the propagation of cholesterol in a human cell;
  • Improving the performance of prosthetic limbs.
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I’d love to get your thoughts about expanding the uses of 3D in the education and life sciences communities! :)

Enter the Lego 3D Experience Revolution!

By Olivier
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Did you notice how assembly instructions are often more like brain teasers than real user’s manuals? Often coming in leaflets illustrated with 2D representations of the object, they generally depict consecutive steps with two pictures and let the user wonder himself what has changed between the two.

Instead of this “spot the difference” game, we thought that the best way to give all the information to the user is to give the possibility to manipulate a faithful 3D reproduction of the object, so that he or she can see every single element.

Significant progress has been achieved with the creation of 3D applications meant to facilitate the assembly of LEGO bricks. Though resulting from a good idea, those 3D manuals happen to be mere 3D representations of the final LEGO assembly. 2D paper manuals have only been taken to a three-dimensional level and the developers have stopped right in the middle of the real (r)evolution.

3DS Education Lab went further and decided that a revolutionary 3D assembly instruction should offer a natural, progressive path and that the user should be able to actually see the parts being assembled before his eyes. Beyond 3D representations, this is why we created our own 3D assembly instructions.

Jordan, a third-year student at the University of St Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), is doing an internship at Dassault Systèmes where he is in charge of the development of 3D Virtual Learning Environments. Thanks to 3DVIA Composer, he developed in a couple of hours a 3D instructions manual for a LEGO Mindstorms Education robot. Available on 3DS Academy, this groundbreaking animated 3D manual allows people to interact and see any side of the robot, at any step of the assembly. The user has the possibility to rotate, pan and zoom the model, thus reducing misunderstandings.

See a short presentation of the 3D animated assembly manual in use:

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Thanks to clear and concise assembly instructions, the user is now able to assemble his robot in no time and can thus rapidly turn to more advanced functionalities. His mind is free to focus on more complex disciplines such as systems engineering or mechatronics.

Furthering the revolution of 3D animated assembly manuals, 3DS Academy Lab indeed decided to propel LEGO into a brand new experience by creating a smartphone application allowing to drive both a physical robot and its 3D virtual avatar in CATIA V6.

Clement, another intern at Dassault Systèmes, used Android technology and CATIA V6 to develop an application that enables the user to control simultaneously via Bluetooth a real LEGO robot and a virtual robot. In addition, the application allows real-time interaction between the robot and its avatar.

Through this lifelike experience, students are able to learn an emerging technology through the ones they are already familiar with (smartphones, LEGO bricks).

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Olivier and Laura work in the Dassault Systèmes Education (3DS Academy) team.

Who will be the Project of the Year?

By Charles
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Last week, 3DS Academy (Dassault Systèmes’ program serving the global academia community) launched a new challenge dubbed Project of the Year, available on both 3DS Academy website and Facebook.

This contest is open to every student and teacher using Dassault Systèmes’ solutions.

Every project, film or presentation made with CATIA, SolidWorks, SIMULIA Abaqus, 3DVIA Shape, etc., will have two chances to win:

  • One jury prize, granted upon selection by a Jury of professionals
  • One public prize, granted upon votes from Facebook fans

Rewarded projects will receive two iPad3 and many other great prizes!

To jump in the contest, students just have to post their best project in the 3DS Academy Projects Showroom, and it will be automatically reposted on the dedicated Facebook page where everyone can vote. They have nothing more to do, except having their friends to vote for their project ;)

So, if you’re a student or teacher, don’t wait anymore to jump in by letting us know about your best project done with any of our software. If you’re not, then you can still vote for your favorite project and share this contest with any potential candidate you’d know!

Have fun and enjoy! :)



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