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

3D History 101

By Remi
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In case you haven’t noticed, I ran a quiz on Twitter for quite a few weeks now and I thought you guys may enjoy the results  summed up as it’s pretty amazing to see how much 3D evolved over the years.

First, you’ve got to know that the very first device that enabled people to see 3D pictures comes all the way from 1838! Right, it’s that old! :) It was invented by Charles Wheatstone who “was awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society […], [for] a research which led him to make stereoscopic drawings and construct the stereoscope”.

Quickly after that, in 1853, Wilhelm Rollmann developed the first red and cyan glasses and, in 1861, Coleman Seller Jr. patented the Kinematoscope which delivered stereoscopic animations, i.e. 3D movies!

stereoscope 3DS Dassault Systèmes system systeme systemes catia solidworks delmia enovia simulia draftsight 3D persepctives ghost abyss james cameron audioscopiks power love Charles Wheatstone Wilhelm Rollmann anaglyph glasses glass kinematoscope stereoscopic It took some time before an actual movie popped up on cinema screens but, finally, in 1922, The Power of Love was released.

Not so long afterwards, in 1935, the 3D movie Audioscopiks was even nominated for an Oscar!

However, we had to wait until 2003 and James cameron’s Ghost of the Abyss to have a full length movie. By the way, it was a documentary about the Titanic’s jetsam!

Of course, it really exploded with Avatar in 2009 (still by James Cameron by the way) and since then you even have the possibility to have a personal 3D TV…

Can you imagine? We will be able to tell our kids “you know, I was there when we had 2D TVs!”

But first, let’s see if you’ve studied enough… I’ll give you the answer next week in the comment section! ;-)

Cheers,

Rémi

New way of doing things within the High Tech Industry

By Dominique
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Change is definitely persistent in my world. 

Activity for DS in the Construction (AEC) is taking off, you may have seen and heard about some of the initial elements – if not, see here (Live Buildings).  Though my role with our AEC team was just begining, I’ve been asked and accepted to perform a similar role helping DS develop online business & communities with a focus in the High-Tech (HT) industry.

One of the things I really like about my new role is getting back in front of our customers.  Following some recent High-Tech customer meetings, I have heard some recurring business objectives mentioned: 

  • Increase efficiency with Real-time, Online collaboration,
  • Increase quality via a common online platform integrating multiple partners and suppliers, and in such a highly competitive market,
  • Security and traceability on all product development activity. 
  • Need to better connect with the targeted consumer early and throughout the process to try to ensure product success when released  (consider that today about 52% of all products released to market fail – based on an AMR Research market study).

It is amazing to me to see how customers in HT are working with us to develop new tools and methods to push innovation and productivity further. 

Clarion Malaysia is a customer using V6 PLM Express for both styling and mechanical design to improve business with better productivity, innovation and creativity.  Toshihuki Nakazaki-san, Deputy Managing Director, stated that “V6 PLM Express provides us with a new way of doing things, is aligned with our objective, and offers great scalability at a competitive price.”  Learn more about the results as shared by our latest customer success with Clarion here: Customer Stories  or Flyer

In my High-Tech community role, I’m seeking to learn more about you, more about innovative ways online that we at DS may help you to achieve your goals. 

I’d love to hear from you either online or offine, with ideas or things you dream about to do business more efficiently, or differently.  Don’t be shy, please share any comments or ideas below!

Cheers,  Dominique



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