Can 3D Technology Spawn Better Athletes?

By Alyssa

Sports performance

Over the last few decades, technological advancements in sport have been moving the benchmark of human limitations. Some ways are easy to understand: fiberglass poles became more flexible allowing vaulters to reach new heights; replacing wooden tennis rackets with ones made of fiberglass and graphite improved accuracy; swimming bodysuits were developed to reduce drag.

But while these advances may have been game changing at the time, a new era of technology has arrived that seeks to lift the lid off the secrets to our biomechanics and help push both professional and amateur athletes to greater heights.

In every sport, and at every level, companies are now supplying equipment, clothing and gadgets in a bid to revolutionize the way professionals and amateurs train, compete and recuperate.

Personalized Footwear

Sports performance

As an example, in recent years, a growing consumer appetite for customization has seen sports brands embrace technology in order to create the perfect footwear for individuals. While it is already possible to go online or into a shop to choose the color and design of shoes, 3D modeling and printing technology is now being used to mold and shape footwear for customers to create the definitive personalized design.

Next Up: 3D Modeling for the Masses

3D modeling sole

Although professional athletes have greater support and access to use and trial these kinds of technologies, Susan Olivier, vice president of consumer goods and retail at Dassault Systèmes, believes 3D modeling techniques will soon be readily available to the public.

“The cost and size of 3D scanning is going down dramatically. I can imagine in three to five years that before shopping we will visit a booth that scans our feet and other body parts. Then we can take the scan to our favorite sports outlet who will be able to design equipment, clothing and footwear to our specifications,” says Olivier.

Want to learn more? We invite you to watch the video below co-produced by Dassault Systèmes and the BBC Commercial Advertising Production team that shares some specific stories of  how technology is helping both professional and everyday athletes race towards perfection.

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You can also read more about in an article published on the BBC’s website.  This article includes examples such as how Olympians like Usain Bolt are benefitting from 3D technology mapping human motion to help athletes gain split second advantage and at the same time protect themselves from injury.

NOTE: The article and video were first published as an Advertisement Feature on BBC’s website and were created by the BBC Advertising Commercial Production team in partnership with Dassault Systèmes.

How to Make a Human Heart

By Alyssa

A pain in your chest that quickly spreads to your arm causes you to fall to your knees. Inside your body, oxygen-rich blood that normally flows to the heart muscle is suddenly blocked. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, your life hangs in the balance.

Chest pain

In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. While stents, transplants, angioplasty, by-pass operations, drugs and improved patient care have dramatically cut deaths from heart disease, it remains the number one killer. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated in 2013 that the disease globally accounted for 17.8 million, or one in three, deaths.

But what if one day doctors could simulate an exact replica of your heart, imitating its unique electrical impulses, muscle fibre contractions and potential abnormalities? The model would not only allow doctors to observe how the heart had changed after the attack to help treatment, but might even have prevented it in the first place.

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Dassault Systèmes welcomes Safe Technology!

By Mark

I’m very pleased to announce that Dassault Systèmes has acquired Safe Technology, Ltd., the developer of the fe-safe durability simulation application suite.

Even if you haven’t used their products, you’ve probably heard the name – Safe Technology has been a partner of ours for over 15 years, providing a fatigue solution to Abaqus users through fe-safe. As an add-on to Abaqus/CAE, fe-safe uses proven techniques to accurately determine the fatigue life of metal components under complex cyclic loading. fe-safe combines finite element analysis results for multiple loading conditions from Abaqus with the cyclic load history to predict the life of the component. Reading from & writing to the Abaqus results files allows the users to view fatigue results in Abaqus/CAE or Abaqus/Viewer as contour plots for damage, fatigue life and safety factors. Similar interfaces are available for many other leading FEA product suites.

In addition to fe-safe, there are several complementary modules available which expand the capabilities of fe-safe to account for specific applications, such as composite materials, creep and  thermomechanics.

Check out this short video tutorial for an overview on fe-safe, and it’s use in solving Fast Gear Fatigue Analysis example.

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This technology can (and to a degree, already has) benefit the analyst in the quest for a complete, unified solution to engineering problems. We’re all really excited to welcome our new colleagues and begin our journey to provide an even better 3DEXPERIENCE with this exceptional acquisition in the field of durability & fatigue  :-)

Mark MONAGHAN is a Senior member of the SIMULIA User Advocacy team and manages the SIMULIA Learning Community



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