IRL (In Real Life ;-) Sailing with Michel Desjoyeaux!

By Richard
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When we welcomed Michel Desjoyeaux and his team in the Passion for Innovation Program, we had two challenges. The first one was to help Michel to design a new 60 feet monohull for La Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale and the Barcelona World Race in record time. Michel’s team succeeded with the help of our solutions and our experts.

The second one was to produce a 3D experience because Michel was willing to share his life on board with the general public. We produced a 3D visit of the virtual boat and a serious game with an online contest. You can read more about it here.

The time had come for our two winners, Quentin and Thomas, to get on board with Michel Desjoyeaux and his crew. After the virtual experience, they had to taste “the real thing”, and the Dassault Systèmes project team as well.

We enjoyed perfect conditions, with a sunny weather and just enough wind to get fantastic sensations on Michel’s new MOD 70 multi-hull. We also had a chance to sail on the new MACIF monohull, a sister-ship of the FONCIA IMOCA boat and compare the virtual boat we made to reality. Although we found them pretty close,  nothing can replace the wind in the sails and the thrilling sensation of speed when those sea-Formula 1 accelerate!

Our two winners had a chance to steer the MOD 70 and enjoy a private Deluxe Masterclass with Michel Desjoyeaux providing them with advice in person. An unforgettable experience, as you can see in the gallery below. Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos.

Stay tuned for an exclusive Quentin’s interview as well!

Keep 3D-ing,

Rich

Support is About People: Meet Nejib…

By Matthias
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What does it take to become part of Dassault Systèmes Support? That’s an interesting question. Look at Nejib, for example. At first he wanted to be a Maths teacher. And now he manages a Support team. Paradoxical? Not that much.

Because Support is about solving issues, about explaining, basically about helping people. In fact, we could say that support is mainly about people. As teaching is….

That’s why we have decided to introduce Nejib to you. This is the second of a series of 3 interviews with Support people.

Nejib manages a team of experts who handle complicated requests from our customers. Not only do they qualify the issues but they also solve them or make sure that they will be solved.

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Stay tuned for our final portrait, later this month.

Cheers,
Matthias

The Raving Rabbids: Interview With Olivier Lemaitre

By Remi
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I had the opportunity to chat with Olivier, who designed the Raving Rabbids figurines, a couple weeks ago. I thought you’d like to hear his story and how he designed these… Enjoy! :wink:

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Olivier Lemaitre and I worked in the industrial design field for 25 years. I’m the head of Nowiew, a design agency, and I’m currently working on the Raving Rabbids figurines.

How did you meet the Raving Rabbids?

I was already working with Polymark on various projects such as Scooby-Doo or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They bought the rights for the bobbing head of the Raving Rabbids. Since I like being challenged (we didn’t have much time) I joined the adventure.

It looks like an easy figurine to work on but it’s actually pretty complex. I did my first mockups thanks to computer generated images (with Imagine & Shape) which saved a lot of time. Production took another week and the final product was delivered in the next days, immediately confirmed by my client.

Why did you use Computer Aided Design?

Raving Rabbids, designI can’t work in the industrial design field without CAD software now. The huge advantage is to give clients a real surface to work with… Thanks to that, we don’t stop the digital line. Plus, this line has to start from the very beginning and this beginning is us, the designers.

You were talking about a challenge… Aren’t the Raving Rabbids easy to design?

In my field, I always say it’s harder to make simple things than complicated ones. Clients (and users) will not spend time reviewing all the details of a complex figurine unless there’s a big problem. They will look at how realistic the product is, because it’s full of details. But when you look at the Raving Rabbids, they’re all refined. And that’s where people start judging its curves, which are much tougher than anything else to make perfect. When it’s that smooth, you have no room for mistakes.

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Thanks a lot Olivier! :-)

Best,

Rémi



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