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

Big Frog Establishes a Set of World Premieres at Reno

By Richard
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Capt. Christophe Delbos congratulated after his victory on the Big Frog diesel-powered racer.

Remember Big Frog, the French Challenge at the Reno National Air Races?

The Reno National Air Races are the fastest races in the world. Aircrafts compete in breathtaking races 50 ft above the ground, driven by the famous motto: “Go fast, fly low, turn left!”

An american specialty, the only foreign victory ever was French: Michel Detroyat way back in 1936 on a Caudron with a Renault engine.

Big Frog wanted to follow Detroyat’s track, with an extra-challenge: use a diesel-cycle engine!

A candidate of choice for the Passion for Innovation Program, which welcomed the Team, providing them with CATIA, SIMULIA and Dassault Systèmes experts’ support. Read the full story here.

For their first participation in Reno this year, the Team established on wednesday a whole set of World Premières :

first diesel-powered racer designed and simulated on computer (with our CATIA and SIMULIA solutions)

first diesel-powered aircraft to succed in qualifying at the Reno National Air Races

– and above all, first diesel-powered aircraft victory and in his first race!

This first victory rewards the skills, involvement and passion of the whole Team and the excellence of French technologies, including our 3D design and simulation solutions, the SMA innovative diesel-cycle aero-engine and the perfect intergration of all those elements in the NXT airframe thanks to the Passion for Innovation Program.

Last but not least, congratulations to the pilot, French Air Force Captain Christophe Delbos. Usually a Mirage 2000 fighter pilot, “Bobos” (his official pilot nickname) made a perfect race. Diving on the first pylon like an eagle, he grabbed the race first position right from the start and kept it during the race six laps! According to him, the aircraft went quite well, allowing him to fully concentrate on clean trajectories until he heard the “Race finished” announcement in his helmet.

Once a curiosity after his qualification, Big Frog is now one of the stars of those 2011 Reno Air Races. No doubt Michel Detroyat would be proud of his successors.

Gentlemen, you have a victory! May it be the first one of a long collection!

Keep 3D-ing,
Rich

Our Holidays Program: Experience Ancient Egypt!

By Remi
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Khufu Reborn Pyramid Egypt Djedi

We already talked about it: we love pyramids! And actually we love them so much we thought you’d like to experience them as well… in 3D (and even on your 3D TV!). So Dassault Systèmes developed an application to truly go back in time and visit old Egypt.

Still skeptical? Let me tell you, you’ve never seen a lecture this fascinating: the topic’s hot, the technology to showcase it kicks ass and whenever you have a question, just stop and hang around to explore the pyramid and get your questions answered! And to quote our friends from the BBC:

we may be on the very edge of uncovering some of our past’s greatest secrets.

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So if you feel like going on holidays, discovering pyramids and ancient Egypt just like they were 4,500 years ago, just click here! Otherwise, if you don’t have time to browse through the whole adventure, I thought I’d split it so that you can pick your choice! ;-)

First part is called “the two enigmas of the Great Pyramid” and talks about how the pyramid was built, especially regarding other pyramids. So if you want to have an overview of what’s so mysterious about Khufu’s pyramid, I’d recommend you take a look at this part.

Second part is about “the genius of the builders”. Basically, if you want to learn about the architectural side of the pyramid construction, head there! Plus, it’s divided in three parts so you can understand the whole construction process (it’s my favorite part!).

Third part is named “seventy days to be reborn” and explains the whole process behind Khufu’s preparation before being put inside the pyramid. You’d like to see the rituals? That’s over here!

Fourth part is called “the paths to eternity” and gives you Jean Pierre Houdin’s point of view about the King’s chamber and its construction secret! (My second favorite part… The architects back then were truly geniuses!)

The final part “simply” allows you to travel completely freely around the pyramid and its construction site.

Enjoy the ride and tell us what you thought about that! :wink:

Best,

Rémi

PS: just an advice, during the loading process, be sure to say “no” if your browser asks if you want to stop the 3Dvia plug-in. It happens sometimes but always loads afterwards… I’m guessing this is ancient Gods testing if you’re worth seeing their land! ;-)

PPS: if you want to share the adventure, feel free to do so! Here’s the link: www.3ds.com/khufu



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