IFWE Challenge – Reloaded, and in 3D!

By Aurelien
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IF WE ask the right questions, we can change the world… In 2012, you were more than 500 to submit crazy ideas to our crowd-sourced collection of world-changing dreams. 3 winners were awarded with prizes and software to help bring their dream to life.

This year, the #IFWE Challenge is back, reloaded with exciting new features:

  • New prizes, including a trip to our 3DS Paris Campus or Boston Campus, for a total prize value of $12,000
  • An incredibly awesome jury of sustainability experts, and the three IFWE Challenge Winners of the 2012 edition!
  • New social features to share easily your or someone else’s IFWE Dream with friends through Facebook, Twitter or by email

Yet with more than 500 contributions in our “IFWE Dreams cloud”, we found out it wasn’t really user-friendly to browse others’ contributions only three or four at time. So we thought a 3DEXPERIENCE would do a better job  :wink: We teamed with 3DVIA to create the “IFWE Sphere“, allowing you to navigate within almost 200 Dreams at a time. We also added a pinch of EXALEAD, to highlight the most frequent keywords, and to help finding Dreams with similar thoughts (so that you can find your IFWE Dream teammates even if they are on the other side of the planet :D ).

IFWE Challenge 2012 tag cloud

What we DIDN’T change is the way you can submit your IFWE Dream. We kept it as simple as last year: just come up with a statement or question beginning with the words #IFWE, and submit it through our website, blogs, on Facebook or Twitter. Everything is explained here, so don’t wait to submit your own world-changing ideas! The contest will be ending on October 28th.

How kids imagine the Tractor of the Future

By Diana
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I am a strong believer that innovation is everywhere, and anyone is able to propose innovative things. You don’t need any diploma for that, craziness, creativity or imagination is way enough. To prove my point I made the most of a great event: CLAAS 100th birthday which took place in Le Mans, France last Saturday (yet celebrated worldwide at the same time).

 

We proposed CLAAS employees’ children to draw the tractor of the future:

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And as you can see below, the rule didn’t afraid them at all! In the end, we got “a dragon tractor”, “a submarine tractor” or even a “UAV (drone) tractor”!

At the end of the day, the 1st line of CLAAS executives and a Dassault Systèmes representative deliberated to select the winner, and who knows… maybe you will soon see the winning innovation in the future CLAAS tractors…

The winning tractor was the one of Cloé who drew a sustainable tractor working thanks to electric panels and able to tow another tractor to save energy.

So congratulations to all the children who participated and congratulations to CLAAS for organizing such a great party!  :-)

Everyone can be an innovator, even 7-year old kids.  :wink:

Diana is a member of the Industrial Equipment Industry team.

FabLab Grand Opening at 3DS Paris Campus!

By Fred
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We were thrilled to open last week our own FabLab at the 3DS Paris Campus! :D The FabLab is open to all employees, as well as our visitors to the Campus, with an interest in making things, in design, in DIY, in home made stuff, or simply testing a new project…

The FabLab leverages our software (CATIA, SolidWorks, 3DVIA and 3DSwYm) as well as hardware from our partners:

2 Desktop 3D Scanners from NextEngine:

  • #1 selling 3D Scanner
  • The NextEngine 3D Scanner captures objects in full color with multi-laser precision
  • Everything you need to digitize 3D models Exports to STL, OBJ, VRML and other formats

2 Cubify Cube 3D Printers from 3D Systems with different plastic colors:

  • Voted by MAKE magazine as “easiest to use” and “most reliable” 3D printer, also quite affordable
  • Print anything up to 5.5″ x 5.5″ x 5.5″
  • Print in ABS and PLA material
  • The Cubify Cube uses material cartridges in 16 different colors including vibrant colors, neutral colors, metallic silver and glow in the dark.

CATIA and SolidWorks as design software:

  • Voted #1 design software of course  :wink:
  • To design, output STL (input format for the Printer), and retrieve the 3D Scans

3D Experiences:

See more pictures from the FabLab opening, and talk to you soon on the MadeIn3D Community:-)



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