A chat with The Robot Whisperers: IMTS + Arc Welding

By Marc

It takes more than just a pretty face!

As handsome as they are, I don’t think we will see Mike and Tony in next season’s lineup of reality shows (although Mike is already contacting his agent to give it a shot). However I do believe we are seeing something special about these two ordinary guys who call themselves The Robot Whisperers.

I caught up with The Robot Whisperers during the recent IMTS tradeshow in Chicago, Illinois. IMTS is the largest bi-annual manufacturing technology show in the Western Hemisphere, where more than 80,000 attendees from over 100 countries came to see and buy equipment and tooling.  Those lucky folks also had the opportunity to meet these two good looking guys who also happen to have a passion and knack for Robotics.

Here’s a recap of my chat with Mike and Tony:

Q:  What about all the attention you’re getting and why  the online series?

Tony: I think it is instrumental for our audience to connect with real people and build a relationship. The whole premise of the “The Robot Whisperers” is that we’re just two ordinary guys with an extraordinary passion for robotics who want to share our knowledge (and a few secrets) in using highly advanced 3D robotic simulation and programming tools. The technology is here now, and we want to help people understand it and learn how to use it in their production environments. Manufacturers and suppliers know that to survive and succeed, they must keep up with technology to find ways to cut costs, get more work and most importantly– stay ahead of their competitors. – Plus, the fans are great. Do you want an autographed 8×10 photo?

Mike: I’m in it fame and fortune of course! No, seriously (as he laughs) – But I am out of photographs, sorry! — I would just add to Tony’s comments that this e-series is also about learning how to improve your relationship with your robots. I don’t mean to run out and buy them flowers and candy. Your spouse or your mom might like that. But like any type of automated equipment, robots can only perform as well as they are programmed to do their tasks. You can’t reason with them or persuade them to do their job. If it is not done correctly, it could be disastrous to your production environment. Using a more advanced 3D robotic simulation and programming technology, such as the DELMIA solutions showcased in our series, OEMs, tooling suppliers or any sized company can avoid costly and dangerous mistakes. Plus, companies will realize that they can engineer more quickly and launch their products and production systems faster.

Just then a reporter from MCAD Café whisked them away for an onsite camera interview. I got the footage.  Here is what the Robot Whisperers had to say…

The Robot Whisperers video interview on MCAD Cafè

Unfortunately not all 82,411 attendees could meet our Whisperers, but those who did had the chance to ask questions, get ideas and find answers to their most urgent manufacturing problems. So if you did miss them, be on the lookout: they might just show up at some event, in some city – somewhere! But until then, you can always find them online at www.3ds.com/therobotwhisperers

You also may be interested in their latest online series video trailer below:

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Episode 2, “Robotology for Arc Welding

Happy (robot) programming!


Marc Rakowski works for Dassault Systèmes Americas.

3D Immersive Virtual Sea Life with Michel Desjoyeaux

By Richard

You might have read about famous French Skipper Michel Desjoyeaux’s new race boat. His 60 feet FONCIA monohull has been designed and built in six months thanks in part to our Passion for Innovation Program.  I hope you already took the 3D virtual boat tour, because it’s much more than fun and 3D wow! It’s about a man’s will to share his sailing life.

When we first met Michel, he shared his frustration about classic photos and videos. Okay, they may be great, but they all miss a point no matter their quality.   The experience.   Michel wanted to share what he experiences during his sailing raids.   He wanted people to understand  his sailing passion. In a word, he wanted to provide the general public with a lifelike experience.

This is exactly the type of challenge we love at Dassault Systèmes.   And we have  the right tool for this: Immersive Virtual Reality with 3DVIA.

If you’d like to get familiar with Michel’s 60ft.  FONCIA monohull, I recommend you try the online 3D experience.   You can even dive underwater and watch the famous swing keel he invented.  Try and take a walk in the cockpit, watch the navigation instruments. Go to the sails locker. Not easy, uh? You’ll have to crouch and crawl to reach that area.

Now, you begin to understand a skipper’s life.

I bet you never thought that room was so restricted on a 60ft. boat! That’s exactly what Michel wished to share with you, and we’re happy we could help.


Another tidbit, you may want to familiarize yourself with Michel’s boat, exploring it until you can comfortably navigate around.   That’s my advice, because … this is only the beginning. More on this project  later as things evolve.  But I will I tell you this: you won’t be disappointed.

Stay tuned and keep 3D-ing!


Richard Breitner, Passion for Innovation Program Manager

Burning Questions at #DSCC2010 – Free Roadsters, Robot Autographs and Exalead

By Derek

Some time ago, I tweeted that The Burning Question for DSCC 2010 was “What the heck is Exalead?”

Well, I’m here to apologize.  That was wrong.  Totally and completely wrong.

That’s not the burning question at DSCC 2010.  There are other burning questions related to DSCC 2010:

  • Will Tesla Motors give out free Roadsters to every attendee?
  • Will the Robot Whisperers from DELMIA be signing autographs?
  • Is PLM the spicy mustard of innovation on the chicken sandwich of product development?

All valid questions but . . . I’d like to focus on three Exalead-related questions for this post:

1.    What is Exalead?

Exalead is a global provider of search and information access software for the enterprise and Web.  It is the only search platform on the market designed from the ground up for both usages.  Exalead’s technology powers its Web search engine, the world’s third largest at 16 billion pages indexed.  Exalead’s platform makes it the leader in Search Based Applications or SBAs.  Because of this, analyst IDC calls Exalead a “disruptive” company to watch, and Gartner upgraded Exalead from Visionary to Challenger in its Information Access Technology Magic Quadrant.

2.     Why should I care about Exalead?

Analyst report after analyst report shows that finding information is a crucial part of efficient product development.  Too much searching and not enough designing is a common complaint.  Exalead and its SBA platform address that problem head on.
OK, so better info access.  Great.  But why is Exalead a smashing information access glue for PLM?  Morgan Zimmerman, Exalead’s VP of BizDev, in a previous blog post, said it quite succinctly:

“While enterprise SBAs are often used to provide database-style information access and reporting – without the usability and performance constraints of direct database access – online and mobile SBAs often ‘ mash-up’ unstructured and structured content to create a pertinent and engaging experience for consumers.”

Therein lays a key to the importance of SBAs and Exalead’s technology to PLM:  structured and unstructured data.

Exalead’s heritage as a hybrid enterprise and Web search company makes it a perfect fit in the ongoing evolution of social media, social innovation and PLM 2.0.  PLM isn’t just inside the four walls of the enterprise anymore.  Collaboration is extending outside the enterprise and into the Web and social media-sphere.  You’ll see Dassault Systèmes’ answer to this phenomenon at DSCC 2010 in Orlando and at the upcoming ECF near Paris.

Bruno Delahaye, Dassault Systèmes’ ENOVIA and collaboration lead , connected the dots in a previous post:

“Search-Based Applications will modernize information access and give plenty of perspectives for all our brands, with a specific emphasis for ENOVIA. [For example,] instead of deploying sourcing services centered on data already identified in their engineering bases, our customers could extend the search to CRM, ERP and even more interesting, selected suppliers’ Web catalogs. Sourcing parts or completing a BOM with metadata can now truly leverage the power of the Web and the depth of the information outside the company firewall. A true game changer and certainly a unique competitive advantage.”

3.  How will Exalead impact my PLM strategy?

That’s a pretty big question.  Take a look at the DSCC event agenda.  There will be several opportunities to examine that question, both in the General Sessions, where Exalead will be discussed and in in individual tracks where SBAs and Exalead’s relevance to customers’ PLM implementations and strategies will be demo’d. 

So the best way to get answers to THIS burning question is to attend DSCC! ;-)

You might get the impression from this post that the only burning questions at DSCC 2010 will be about Exalead.  Not true.  There will be as many burning questions as there are attendees.  And all of them will be relevant and critical.  In part, this is one of the purposes of DSCC 2010:  to answer those questions.

What are your burning questions for DSCC?



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