3D Goes Crazy @ Futur en Seine Festival

By Brigitte
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We have that festival here in Paris which is so awesome I thought I’d share it with you. It’s called “Futur en Seine” and it’s basically about the general public meeting innovative companies and researchers to imagine together what our future could look like.

Now you may think it’s about witches reading palms. Not quite. Actually we had the pleasure to see people like Yoichiro Kawaguchi whose ambition is to propose artistic but fully realistic 3D models of creatures which would appear in future planets. Of course, it is only predictions and if we won’t be able to check it until we actually visit these planets.

However, and that’s where it gets interesting for us, it is not only arty people who unleash their imagination. Kawagushi is so much into his ideas that he prepared a simulation environment to analyze interactions between the virtual creatures and the planet. Thus he makes sure these creatures can actually live – and thus potentially exist.

Again, it’s pretty far from the traditional scientific methods but when you think about it, art can definitely bring new ideas to engineering. That’s why we were then invited to round tables and seminars to talk about 3D as a media, define eco-design and explain collaborative communication. Topics such as serious gaming or sustainable innovation were of course at the very heart of the debate.

It’s pretty interesting to see how people are passionate about new technologies and their impact on our future: novices and professionals were equally excited by everything they saw! From complex demos from researchers to 3DVIA shows targeting the general public, they were all attracted by 3D and its future.

And you, how do you see our future?

PS: Another thing people loved was Exalead Labs and its Music Mashup! Ok it’s not 3D things but people still loved it! ;-)

Best,

Brigitte

Brigitte Tran Dassault Systemes Brigitte is a member of the Digital Content Strategy Team

V6 on the Cloud!

By Remi
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Dominique Florack @ 3DS Application Innovation Summit

As announced earlier, Dassault Systemes’ Application Innovation Summit brought a lot of surprises. But there’s one I thought you’d like very much: V6 is going on the cloud.

Right from the beginning, Dominique Florack, our Senior EVP Products Research & Development, pointed out the rise of Cloud Computing as a major trend of the industry. With increasing use of mobile devices which power grows as fast as Warner Bros’ Roadrunner, Cloud Computing is the thing we have to care about.

Cloud Computing Dassault SystemesAs such, 3DS had to review its entire approach to implementing solutions in customers’ companies. The old way was to deploy products on every computer. Needless to say it takes time: 12 months to the best, 18 on average. The new way is about adopting the product.

Ok I bet it’s tough to get it so I’m gonna give you an example… Say you need 3DVIA Studio. You simply go to our AppStore, buy it and within seconds (and by seconds, I mean seconds) and without any previous installation, it runs on your computer. Via the Cloud.

What’s the common expression for that kind of stuff again? It rocks!!

Don’t you love it? :-)

Cheers,

Remi

Here Spot – Here Spot! Such a Good Spot Weld.

By Marc
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Dog Robot BiscuitWe have all heard of the Dog Whisperer. It’s been viewed as the ultimate guide to providing solutions for your problematic pooches. Each episode documents the remarkable transformations that take place by teaching and helping dogs and their owners achieve happier lives together.

Great if you have dogs, but what if you are having problems with “production” man’s other best friend?

Manufacturers in any industry from a large OEM to a small systems integrator are often challenged with properly teaching and programming their production robots.  Getting them to correctly perform the required operations and tasks on the factory floor can be as difficult as trying to keep Fido from eating your favorite pair of slippers.

You can’t encourage them to sit, stay or spot weld with their favorite squeaky toy or just sit down with them and have a conversation over a nice cup of coffee at break time.  Manufacturers need the right solutions to ensure their productions systems best utilize the robots for optimum performance, efficiency and flexibility.

The latest installment of (you guessed it), the Robot Whisperers, the online e-series by Dassault Systemes, robot experts Mike and Tony will show a few tricks to better assign and validate spot welds with robots in production.

Now, I am not talking about getting your robots to roll over and beg. ;-) But the guys will demonstrate how to simulate and validate robotic spot welding applications utilizing 3D software to help your robots become more loyal and obedient.

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In episode 3, Robotology for Spot Welding, Mike and Tony will also discuss how 3D simulation allows engineers to  create “what-if” scenarios in the virtual environment with just a couple of clicks of the mouse. That’s certainly better than dragging a bunch of robots around the shop floor to physically test the different programs necessary for production. Plus they will have some fun talking about the solar system and Aunt Irene’s Farm – no kidding!

So if you are having relationship issues with your robots and just can’t get them to accurately perform the 1000’s of spot welds they do every day, a doggy treat or a pat on the servo motor is not going to help you.  Log onto the Robot Whisperers today and see why this e-series is your ultimate guide to happier, healthy relationships with your robots!

Enjoy!

Marc

PS: here is the e-series introduction for those of you who missed it:

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