Can 3D-printing help kids learn how to write?

By Fred

Every day, we see great things coming from the 3DS Fablab, this time we decided to share with you this story, simple in terms of technology but innovative in terms of usage. Working with a Montessori school having innovative education methods it illustrates how 3DEXPERIENCE can contribute in places we would never think about! The tool has been originally designed by Maria Montessori, with the Italian language in mind, so without the difficult French phonemes like the “nasals”. This French specificity is actually one reason for explaining the delay of “explosion into writing” in the French Montessori schools compared to the world average. Following a recent study, the French Montessori Association now recommends the schools to enrich the alphabets with digraphs. As the kids start by writing the sounds (orthography comes later), it is important that they pick only one element for each sound.

3D printed letters

Thanks to these new digrams, there are no more obstacles standing between the children and the messages they are attempting to write. They can write everything and are no longer blocked by complex sounds (“phonemes“) in french such as “ou”, “oi”, “on”, “an”, etc…

Christophe created 3D models of solid digraphs (combinations of 2 letters) so they can improve their tools for writing learning. The digraphs in French are “an”, “ai”, “on”, “ch”, “gn”, etc. Handcrafting of all these digraphs would be very time consuming and inelegant, even if the result is not strictly identical to their existing letters (style, color, thickness). Watch how Christophe used 3D printing and 3DEXPERIENCE to come up with a creative solution:

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The Montessori school is now using this a 3D-printed set of solid letters that the kids use to compose words and sentences. M. Mazzantini, Director of Ecole Montessori Internationale – Jardin du Luxembourg shared her feedback :

Thank you for this wonderful gift that allows the children to take further steps towards writing. It facilitates their autonomy and helps them to master their writting skills at a relatively early age (4, 4 and a half)”.

Hope you will enjoy the story, learning how to write with 3D-printing, a joint project with a Paris-based Montessori school (Ecole Montessori Internationale – Jardin du Luxembourg). You can download 3D letters & digrams.

Congrats Christophe for this great idea ! If you want to hear more about the 3DS FabLab, join the MadeIn3D Community.

A Truly Winning Customer

By Suzanne

Earlier in 2014 you may have read about how SOLIDWORKS was used to design the sled for the United States four-man Bobsled team that won a Bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics. While we believe all our customers are winners having one that has won an Olympic medal is, we admit, rare and very exciting.

This week representatives of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled project, who make the sled, and sled’s driver, Steve Holcomb,  paid a visit to our North America headquarters in Waltham, Mass. to tell our employees about the win and the role SOLIDWORKS played in it.

And they brought a few things with them. 

Steve Holcomb,  Bruno Latchague Geoff Bodine, John Morgan and John Vester

Bruno Latchague, Senior EVP, Americas Market, stands with Steve Holcomb and Geoff Bodine, the founder of Bo-Dyn, and a plaque presented to Dassault Systemes to thank the company for the support of the team. With them are Bo-Dyn’s Executive Director John Morgan and president John Vester.

As you can see in the picture above Steve Holcomb brought his Olympic medals – his Gold from the 2010 Vancouver games and his two Bronzes from Sochi. Here’s a closer look:

Steve Holcomb

I had the chance to hold them and they are very heavy.

Bruno Latchague then introduced the Bo-Dyn team to our Americas employees who gave them a big round of applause.

Bo-Dyn team with Bruno Latchage

After a few words about medal winning run at the Olympics, Geoff Bodine presented Steve Holcomb with even more metal – his official Olympic ring designed by Jostens.

Geoff Bodine and Steve Holcomb

At the conclusion of the event Steve Holcomb  posed with numerous employees, including David Gadarian below, to give them the opportunity to hold the winning medal.

David Gadarian and Steve Holcomb

Love.by.me, YOUR 3D-printed Jewel

By Fred

Would you like to surprise your loved ones ? Build a unique piece of jewelry with your names in 3D — online , easy, and starting from 13€!

Jewelry reinvented – a new innovative design concept, mixing 3D printing and generative online design: love.by.me (use Chrome or FireFox for a better experience)

Generated on the cloud with CATIA, the 3D design is created from your name and your loved one’s, resulting in a unique piece of jewelry. Available in several sizes, colors and materials (including Silver!), the jewel is 3D-printed, making custom-made jewelry available at an affordable price!

This new type of online 3DEXPERIENCE allows consumers to act on the design intent, ultra-personalization made easy. The frontier between manufacturers and consumers is shrinking as we now can make our own products virtually AND physically. Consumer becomes a Consum’actor!

If you like the love.by.me concept, help us make it viral by sharing pictures of your piece on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter (tag your photo  #winyoursilverheart and #lovebyme ; the most retweeted before June 30th will win a 3D-printed silver heart!)

Watch the video below to see love.by.me in action, or go ahead and create your own 3D-printed heart now :-)

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