The Missing Piece between Comics and Animation

By Aurelien
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If you’re a fan of Belgian comics, you probably noticed the recent introduction of “La douce”, François Schuiten’s latest piece of artwork. But did you notice that the author’s editor Casterman partnered with Dassault Systèmes to transform the comic book into a 3D augmented reality experience? Better than any amount of words, check out the video below and you’ll instantly get what I’m talking about. Definitely the missing piece between comics and animation! :)

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Now the beauty is, it’s not just about plain 3D animation. A passionate team of volunteers at Dassault Systèmes accurately modeled the 12.004 locomotive starting from 2D drawings all the way to the final 3D mock-up including kinematics. Knowing that only 6 of the Type 12 locomotive were ever produced and that the 12.004 is the only one left today (kept in a museum in Louvain), this is an amazing way to give this incredible piece of engineering work a new birth.

If you stay tuned, I’ll come up very soon with 3 questions for you to WIN 3 comic books “La douce”! OK, those will be in French (translations pending) but the 3D experience goes beyond the barriers of language, doesn’t it? ;)

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Expanding 3DEXPERIENCE to Nature with GEOVIA

By Aurelien
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Wow. If you saw our news earlier today, we had two major announcements:

  1. The first one is about our acquisition of Gemcom Software, the world leader in geological modeling and simulation for the mining industry.
  2. The second is the launch of our latest Brand dubbed GEOVIA. GEOVIA will be dedicated to the virtualization and simulation of nature. In other words, while you know CATIA as the Brand for “Virtual Product”, GEOVIA will be the Brand for “Virtual Planet”. Gemcom Software is, in fact, the first step towards this new endeavor.

We will have plenty of opportunities to further discuss about GEOVIA on this blog, but first things first, we’d like to wish a warm welcome to the 360 employees of Gemcom Software!  :-)

If you’re curious about Gemcom, you will want to listen to CEO Rick Moignard, talking about the company, its products, and how he sees fit with Dassault Systèmes’ 3D Experience platform. As I had the chance to talk with Rick recently, I really can tell how he is thrilled by the expanding capabilities in workforce safety and sustainability brought by the combination of our respective pieces of software.
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To learn more about Gemcom and its products, you will also want to check this out:

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Last but not least, if you’d like to follow Gemcom on social networks, here are direct links:

What do you think about this new milestone towards virtualization of Nature? What would you like to discuss more about? Please feel free to leave a comment.

 

Who will be the Project of the Year?

By Charles
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Last week, 3DS Academy (Dassault Systèmes’ program serving the global academia community) launched a new challenge dubbed Project of the Year, available on both 3DS Academy website and Facebook.

This contest is open to every student and teacher using Dassault Systèmes’ solutions.

Every project, film or presentation made with CATIA, SolidWorks, SIMULIA Abaqus, 3DVIA Shape, etc., will have two chances to win:

  • One jury prize, granted upon selection by a Jury of professionals
  • One public prize, granted upon votes from Facebook fans

Rewarded projects will receive two iPad3 and many other great prizes!

To jump in the contest, students just have to post their best project in the 3DS Academy Projects Showroom, and it will be automatically reposted on the dedicated Facebook page where everyone can vote. They have nothing more to do, except having their friends to vote for their project ;)

So, if you’re a student or teacher, don’t wait anymore to jump in by letting us know about your best project done with any of our software. If you’re not, then you can still vote for your favorite project and share this contest with any potential candidate you’d know!

Have fun and enjoy! :)



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