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! :)

3DVIA Comic Book – 3D Content creation

By Alexandre
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Do you know the adage “A picture is worth a thousand words”? Sometimes it could be easier to explain a complex idea with a single picture or… a comic book. If you think it’s only for super heroes, you’re wrong! In some cases, you can even get more attention with a comic book than with any other kind of material!

To get you in the mood, here’s a comic book focusing on 3D content creation and potential usage thanks to 3DVIA products: 3DVIA Shape, 3DVIA Studio, 3DVIA Scenes and 3DVIA Mobile. It targets both B2B (designers, young creators) and B2C audiences (3D scenes users, students, early adopters).

The comic book, a new communication to get out of the box?

In conventions, people usually walk around and get a lot of flyers and brochures. That’s precisely why we created a comic book focusing on 3D content creation and potential usage thanks to our 3DVIA products. We were going to attend a convention dedicated to young designers and we wanted to get their attention.

This particular comic book made a good impression towards the young audience and we decided to extend the experience to other professionnals. So we thought we would create other comic books to talk about our other activities, such as 3D printing. As we announced a strong partnership with the 3D printing company called “Sculpteo” last year, we wanted to explain how people can get their 3D models out of computer right into their hands.

For sure we will get back to you with this new comic book as soon as it is available. The artist will not be the same, as we though it could be fun to change the style a little bit.

Do you want to create a comic book? Here are few simple steps to follow:

  1. Define the message you want to communicate through the comic book
  2. Sum up your ideas to fit in one single page: each panel has to provide a clear information
  3. Define the graphic style you want to use to address your audience and find the right artist.

Now it’s time for you to be creative!   8)

 

CATIA V6 online at 36,000 ft: ON and ABOVE the cloud :)

By John
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As I am frequently flying over US to meet with customers, I’ve spent a lot of time working in planes. So I appreciate that CATIA V6 be ‘on the cloud’ in the sense that it allows to refine a 3D design online using a standard https web connection. I thought I would share with you my experience of design using CATIA V6… from 36,000 feet.

YES: this is not just about being ON the cloud but also, literally, ABOVE the cloud(s) ! :-)

What I like when authoring with CATIA V6 is that I don’t need to check out and download locally my assembly to perform my modifications, and check them back in. Nope. Instead, I navigate through the 3D design residing on the server instantly over the web, open the parts I want to work with, perform the changes and hit save (more precisely “propagate” as we say in V6, as it also manages the potential impacts) when I’m done.

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Maybe this video can give a new meaning to streaming “up/down” only what is necessary of the 3D design: up/down from a plane.

John CoyneJohn Coyne is an Application Engineer at Dassault Systèmes in the Los Angeles area.



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