#ECF09 is Looking Bright

By Kate

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Networking with industry peers, 70 themed workshops, direct contact with 3DVIA, CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA and SIMULIA experts . . . these are some of the perks to attending Dassault Systèmes’ European Customer Forum (ECF) at Disneyland Resort Paris on November 17 & 18.  Not to mention you may see Mickey if you’re lucky. 

I’ll be blogging live from the event, but that will barely scratch the surface.  Won’t you join me?  I’ve got a special ‘friends & family’ code for 3D Perspectives readers who’d like to attend . . . with a €300 discount.  It expires after November 6, so let me know in the comments section or on the 3D Perspectives Twitter channel if you’d like it.

Meanwhile is there anything in particular you’d like me to cover? 

Best,

Kate

P.S. Oh, almost forgot.  The same Twitter channel we used for DSCC, DSCustomersLIVE, is the place for ECF-specific information.  There’s also the 3D Perspectives channel.  Pick your pleasure, or both.  Please use #ECF09 if you tweet about the event.  Merci!

Future in Reverse with 3D

By Oleg

I’m always trying to share with you my view about the future of technology. However today I’d like to take a different angle.  I wonder how future 3D technologies and applications can help us to know more about our history?

I truly believe that 3D technologies will play a key role to help us re-create our past. And to understand our past is important in order to build our future.

I’ve found several examples where I see 3D technologies already helping us to understand, re-build and preserve our history for the future.

The first example comes from my personal history.  Many years ago I lived in the former USSR. Even so, during that time I wasn’t able to visit Lenin’s mausoleum on Moscow’s Red Square. To my big surprise, I found a website (thanks DL blog for that) that has recreated this architectural monument in an interactive way (interactive link is here).  The 3D technologies for this specific project were provided by ParallelGraphics. On a side note, for a few years the president of the Moscow-based ParallelGraphics was Francis Bernard, a person key to the creation of CATIA software, as well as the former president of Dassault Systemes.

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Another example is the appreciation of Industrial Archeology with 3D CAD, which helps designers and engineers preserve history by recreating products that no longer exist.

“Industrial archeologists like Californian William L. Gould use SolidWorks software as an efficient, mechanically faithful way to illustrate, in three dimensions and myriad individual components, a piece of lost history. Gould’s (pictured) full-color 3D CAD model of the 1879 Mason Bogie steam locomotive, is rendered in SolidWorks and PhotoWorks software, and exists only as a 3D CAD model with hundreds of discrete parts. It is available as a fine art lithographic print or a set of plans in exacting detail.”

Lastly, you’ve probably heard of the Khufu Pyramid project by French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin?  It’s  an impressive theory presented with Dassault Systèmes’ 3D technologies to help and understand of the secret of how the Great Pyramid was built. I enjoyed watching the video again and thought you would too.

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I hope you enjoyed my 3D Future in Reverse perspective. Please share any other examples you have about the usage of  3D to discover and recreate our past.

Best, Oleg

Video Games Will Make You Cross-Eyed!?!

By Cliff

video-games-cross-eyedBack during the age of Pac-man and Pong, when ATARI was king, and the better games were all at the arcade, my mother would tell me that my excessive video game playing would make me cross-eyed.  I’ll never forget the day my father told my mother that playing video games would improve my hand-eye coordination and visual spacial ability.  Finally, my mother began to realize that I wouldn’t  suffer  Donkey-Kong induced brain-damage, or go cross-eyed from playing Pitfall.  Video-games might actually be good for me???

I’m sure many of you are like me, and your love of computer graphics began when you started playing video games as a child.  I watch my children and the 3D media that they are exposed to today, and I wonder what the future will be like for them.  Bernard Charlès says, “Our children will communicate in 3D”, and I agree, but will all of this new 3D technology improve the next generation’s lives, or visual spacial abilities?

“What would I do if I had the 3D games and design tools that my children have access to today”

I talk to many 2D artists and designers who say they are “intimidated” by 3D, and prefer 2D tools.  Will this change for the next generation?  I encourage my oldest son (9 yrs old) to use 3DVIA Shape as much as possible, and he was not intimidated one bit, but will this actually increase his visual-spatial ability?  Will he and the next generation prefer working in 3D over 2D?  I also wonder, “What would I do if I had the 3D games and design tools that my children have access to today”.  Would it actually make me a better designer or artist, or would I just be more cross-eyed?



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