The Personal Touch

By Michael


Are you aware how effective it is to have an identifying emblem directly applied on a product? Did you ever ask yourself how a company manages to establish brand awareness by slipping the product name or logo into your subconscious?

You recognize it / you touch it / you feel it / you eat it … you internalize it!

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However, everyone who ever tried to “sign” a 3D model by applying a name, a phrase or a logo probably became aware that this is not a straight-forward task, as it must be done by modeling every detail as 3D volume. This can get quite tedious and time-consuming.

Now, in my discovery series of world wonders and Dassault Systèmes partner solutions, I’d like to present a company called VISION NUMERIC with their CAAV5 product “Type3”. What this sleek application does can be compared with an Office Word editor – but this time you can write in three dimensions onto a structured surface.

Type3 runs within CATIA and will merge any text or graphics with the 3D CAD model. Afterwards this application can be patterned and colored. And its geometries can still be adapted to respond to change requests.


Sounds logical? Yes it does. And the benefits are obvious too: efficiency gains with Type3 and CATIA are reported to quantum-leap the traditional way of virtually chiseling into the surface. Practical it is.


Personalizing your 3D model has never been easier. I wonder: is there a reason not to use Type3?

To start online, find detailed information and specifications regarding Type3 on the PLM MarketPlace. For the records: Vision numeric is headquartered in France with global representations and resellers, to support your PLM project needs locally. Philippe Blache is your focal point to get in touch.

This ends today’s report of DS Partners’ applications. I hope that you have been touched.

Best, Michael

Sunshine Hearts C-Pulse Enters U.S. Clinical Trial

By Tim

The C-Pulse, an innovative heart pump designed by Sunshine Heart with the help of Abaqus FEA software from SIMULIA, has entered into a U.S. Feasibility study. YouTube Preview Image

The goal of the trial is to enroll 20 patients at 6 clinical sites. Dr. William Abraham of Ohio State University and Dr. Patrick McCarthy of Northwestern University Medical Center are the national co-lead principal investigators. Trial locations and eligibility requirements can be found here.

In my previous post on simulating devices and treatment for the human heart, How Do You Mend a Broken Heart , I mentioned how Sunshine Heart’s life saving heart pump is intended to be used in patients with moderate heart failure as an alternative to open heart surgery.

The heart pump can be implanted in a patient in a one-hour operation with no blood contact, which offers the potential of lower complications and costs. The decreased risks make the C-Pulse available to a larger group of patients.

You can view the U.S. news casts with patient testimonials and learn more about the how the pump works at Sunshine Heart’s website.



How Can You Hear the Voice of Your Customers?

By Oleg

Last time I talked about the connection between PLM and World Content. You can see my previous post here where I explore the connection between physical and virtual worlds.

But what about the connection between the virtual worlds we use to develop products using PLM 2.0 technologies and the virtual worlds of our customers? They are not the same.

This is should be pretty cool, right?

When I first time thought about it, my initial take was about simply analyzing and monitoring social networks. You can learn a lot by trying to search what people are saying about your product on Twitter. Try and you can discover a lot of news about your product and/or services.

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But you can go and discover much more information about what you customers are saying by analyzing and monitoring different Web content. Take a look on this cool video from Calif. company Attensity.

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So, what we learned. PLM has a huge potential to be connected to the outside worlds of consumers, not only by providing virtual services related to designing and manufacturing products, but, I believe, in the future also by analyzing how to listen to the voice of your end customers, the consumers of the same products.

What do you think?

Best, Oleg

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