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.

Now THAT’S an experience! Oracle Team USA epitomizes Dassault Systèmes’ strategy of 3DEXPERIENCE

By Derek
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“Why is Dassault Systèmes involved in the America’s Cup?”

I get this question a lot. So, I thought this week, as the America’s Cup is in full swing, would be a good time to answer it clearly. It isn’t about CAD, design, simulation, composites, etc. It is about experience. Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts and the entire Oracle Team USA America’s Cup racing syndicate have changed the experience of the America’s Cup yacht racing sport completely. And not just for the sailors, but for the viewers, too.

The basic story isn’t terribly new.  Anybody watching the America’s Cup, reading a newspaper or watching TV has likely heard the story of how Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle and yacht racing enthusiast won the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in sport, and brought it to San Francisco.  Each winner, and subsequently, defender of the Cup is allowed to change the rules of the race.  And change them Ellison did:  faster boats, bigger boats, no more sails (!), more athleticism, shorter (and more broadcastable) races, a venue where the races can be watched, in person, for free.

The reimagined 34th America’s Cup is going on now, with his Oracle Team USA competing in their 72ft, 50+mph catamaran, against Emirates Team New Zealand in the amphitheater-like San Francisco  Bay race course.  Emirates is putting up an amazing set of times against Oracle Team USA, beating them in four of five races, as of Tuesday, September 10.

But no matter who wins, Oracle Team USA has shown what can be done by adopting an experience strategy.  They went into the 34th America’s Cup with experience on their minds.  They don’t just want to have a race.  They want to make yacht racing a nationally known sport.  They looked at their audience in the United States, looked at our sports, looked at yacht racing, and modified everything about it to create a new experience.

A few months ago I had the privilege of taking ten international journalists to Oracle Team USA’s Pier 80 headquarters in San Francisco and speaking with Russell Coutts, the team’s CEO, Christoph Erbelding, the team’s design engineer, as well as Murray Jones, the team’s tactician.   The team’s use of Dassault Systèmes applications to design and manufacture their AC72 racing catamaran was on full display.  We heard about design, simulation, finite element analysis, CAD, composites and a host of other details.  We saw the two AC72s in the HQ being worked on.  We learned details of the wing control system design.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill articulated perfectly the benefits of interactive collaboration between sailing crew and the design and engineering team:

Vision is very important on this sort of a boat. 3DEXPERIENCE gave us vision into the realities of sailing a boat that didn’t even exist yet. The best way for the crew to evaluate what will – and what won’t – work is to use 3DEXPERIENCE. We can spin it around. We can see where everything needs to fit. You just couldn’t get that kind of vision without these tools.

But mostly what the attending yachting journalists wanted to hear about was the race, how it would work and what the sailor’s experience was. The reporters, all sailing enthusiasts themselves, wanted to know what viewers would see and experience.

The story, at its core, is about the America’s Cup experience.  And this is why Oracle Team USA and Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, are partners.

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Dassault Systèmes welcomes Safe Technology!

By Mark
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I’m very pleased to announce that Dassault Systèmes has acquired Safe Technology, Ltd., the developer of the fe-safe durability simulation application suite.

Even if you haven’t used their products, you’ve probably heard the name – Safe Technology has been a partner of ours for over 15 years, providing a fatigue solution to Abaqus users through fe-safe. As an add-on to Abaqus/CAE, fe-safe uses proven techniques to accurately determine the fatigue life of metal components under complex cyclic loading. fe-safe combines finite element analysis results for multiple loading conditions from Abaqus with the cyclic load history to predict the life of the component. Reading from & writing to the Abaqus results files allows the users to view fatigue results in Abaqus/CAE or Abaqus/Viewer as contour plots for damage, fatigue life and safety factors. Similar interfaces are available for many other leading FEA product suites.

In addition to fe-safe, there are several complementary modules available which expand the capabilities of fe-safe to account for specific applications, such as composite materials, creep and  thermomechanics.

Check out this short video tutorial for an overview on fe-safe, and it’s use in solving Fast Gear Fatigue Analysis example.

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This technology can (and to a degree, already has) benefit the analyst in the quest for a complete, unified solution to engineering problems. We’re all really excited to welcome our new colleagues and begin our journey to provide an even better 3DEXPERIENCE with this exceptional acquisition in the field of durability & fatigue  :-)

Mark MONAGHAN is a Senior member of the SIMULIA User Advocacy team and manages the SIMULIA Learning Community



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