This is Not a Cereal Box

By Kate
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Hi everyone,

I promised to keep you up-to-date as new bricks linked with Dassault Systèmes’ EuropaCorp partnership evolve.

Eh hop! (as the French say) . . .

Nestlé has joined us for an original marketing campaign.

See for yourself in this video, and stay tuned for more 3DVIA Virtools 3D experiences to come . . .

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Looks like Mehdi’s been practicing, non? ;-)

Would love to know what you think . . .



Connect Product Lifecycle with World Content

By Oleg
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I’m sure you already had chance to see the new 3DVIA Mobile application, and I’ll bet you find it really cool. However, all the discussions around mobile applications and 3D got me thinking about a connection between two worlds created by this application – the virtual word and the physical world.

The virtual world – we live it all the time when using software to create our products, designs, projects and models. The physical world is everything surrounding us. All products we design and manufacture will live in our physical world.

1. Establish a direct connection between PLM content and physical objects. For quite a long time, everything we designed or manufactured happened first on paper. During the last 20-30 years, this has been happening in our computers. However, the Internet and other technologies of today can change this perspective. Maps and other GIS applications were the first bridges connecting our virtual worlds with the real outside world. Now we can jump over and establish a connection between content we design virtually with real worlds – starting from information about users, customers, places, and, going forward, to real connections using cameras and VR equipment. Virtual-to-physical relationships become a first dimension in the connection between PLM and world content.

2. Create social relationships crossing physical and virtual boundaries. A second dimension is to connect people. With the huge social networking expansion in our everyday lives, we can think about connecting real people to their virtual avatars. We can use these connections to simulate their experiences and work across virtual to physical boundaries. Social networking experiences can reflect behaviors of people designing and manufacturing products. So, social connection is the second dimension to connect PLM and everyday people’s lives.

3. Experience hybrid relationships in mixed virtual and physical worlds. As soon as we’ll be able to establish such mixed environments, connecting information between two words, we’ll be to experience virtual objects in our everyday life. I think the 3DVIA Mobile example is a first and very small step. In the future mixed reality applications will come to many places where virtual experiences will be the first step before producing something physical. This is the third dimension.

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I understand, this is sort of a dream. However, looking on the first applications we see today like 3DVIA Mobile and a growing amount of content, that exists online (such as 3DVIA content online etc.), I think, the future is not as far off as it looks in the beginning.

Do you agree?


**picture courtesy of Project10x

3 Ways to Visualize Hierarchical Structures

By Oleg
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I’m always thinking about alternative ways to present information to PLM software users. I think one of PLM’s challenges is to be able to present complex data in a simple way. Using 3D is one of the possibilities to reduce the complexity of data representations and visualize it for users. Hierarchical data is everywhere in PLM – product structure, bill of materials, drawing. Today, I’d like to show three possible ways to visualize hierarchical data to make it more presentable to a user.

Tree Map

A tree map is a visualization of hierarchical structures. This type of visualization is very efficient in a space constraint situation. The best you can do with such a visualization is to show attributes of leaf nodes in trees with appropriated color-coding and size. You can read more about this type of visualization on IBM’s Many Eyes project and here on 3D Perspectives. On the picture below you can see an example of a tree map visualization related to car fuel consumption. You can change the order, color code and sizing. This is, of course, depends on a specific implementation.

Botanical Tree

Here’s another interesting approach o visualizing huge structures. You can take a look at this research for more information. I found it very interesting. The authors are proposing models for tree organizing and visualization. I found this 3D visualization approach as something promising when we face a huge structure of information we want to discover. On the below image you can see the visualization of a Unix Directory using this method presented in this work.

Timeline Tree

This type of visualization, in my view, is an efficient way to combine hierarchical structure and time-related information. In many situations in product development, this is an interesting case. So, you can download and take a look at this research. I can imagine many situations when such visualization can be very useful (i.e. to present product structure with the relevant maintenance schedule and many others).

I’m sure there are many additional ways to visualize hierarchical data. I’m looking forward to your comments and discussing this.

Best, Oleg

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