Do you know NAO?

By Charles
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Today, we had the pleasure to welcome a new colleague in our 3DS Academy team … NAO:D

NAO is a programmable, 57-cm tall humanoid robot! Created by French company Aldebaran Robotics, NAO was introduced for the first time in 2006 (and we interviewed his maker Bruno Maissonier in 2010). It measures 56 centimeters, weighs 11 pounds and have a capacity of 25 degrees of freedom, allowing reproducing the majority of human movements (walking, holding an object, playing football, dancing…).

It’s also a walking computer on steroids: 2 CPU (one Intel ATOM 1.6 ghz), 2 HD 920p cameras 30 fps for vision, 4 microphones, Wi-Fi, 9 tactile sensors, inertial platform consisting of an accelerometer, two gyro-meters, sonar rangefinder, 8 pressure sensors…

Dassault Systèmes, through its partnership with Aldebaran Robotics, innovates by proposing a new software platform (3DEXPERIENCE platform) to develop new experiences with NAO.  It is a new step after NAO Tutorials for SolidWorks. As such, the 3DS academy team has modeled the robot using the 3DEXPERIENCE apps and is now programming its behavior with CATIA Systems. We will certainly keep you informed about every progress the team will make! :)

NAO - CATIA Systems

Watch this to find out more about NAO:

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Talk to you soon!

World-Changing Dreamer: Andjelic Zoran

By Aurelien
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IFWEFollowing up our introductory post on World-Changing Dreamers revealed by the IF WE Challenge, this is a first post in a series about our three lucky winners.

Let’s begin with the second runner-up, Andjelic Zoran. His IF WE Dream was: “IF WE have enough 3D printers, we could make custom made prosthetic limbs for all victims of landmines and renew their faith in science”. Andjelic talks about his dream with great passion:

I currently work as an industrial equipment designer in Italy and often stay after work to use your software, I am simply in love with it.  But I’m originating from Bosnia and Herzegovina and there are a lot of people injured by land mines in my country.

The main thing that bothers them with their prosthetics besides the limited functionality due to limited budget is the aesthetics. Usually they come in skin-color, that’s pretty creepy because it looks like a puppet part. Many of them are young, have psychological issues and have lost their faith in science, because of its involvement in weapon design. Now they can see athletes at the Olympic games with state-of-art prosthetics, yet they can’t have such prosthetics.

Since I have skills in surface design, my dream is to return in Bosnia and use my knowledge to help this people.  Modern technology makes possible to scan injured limbs and 3D print custom, more ergonomic prosthetic limbs. Such equipment is very expensive and I know it is impossible to help everyone at the moment but I want to start and raise money to fulfill my dream. In Bosnia my friends have some CNC machines able to produce some parts for those limbs. I will find my way through humanitarian organizations to get appropriate 3D scanners and 3D printers for custom made parts but we will certainly need software that is able to use scanned dates, transform them in STL file, support 3D printing and CNC machining.

I hope that we will be able to produce prosthetics that will be more functional, more comfortable and make some people happy again. I also hope that your company will give a contribution. So I send you my concept of prosthetic limb. I will add outside parts when we become able to produce them.

As a winner of the third prize, Andjelic was provided with a high performance laptop and a CATIA licence. Here is what he wrote us when he received the package:

I have received the package with laptop and I am very happy right now. […] This will help me a lot to make my dreams come true.

We definitely hope so, Andjelic, and we’re glad to bring a humble contribution to your world-changing dream!  :D

World-Changing Dreamers

By Aurelien
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“IF WE ask the right questions, we can change the world”… Last summer, we asked what were YOUR World-Changing Dreams. The idea was pretty simple: sharing dreams with just a sentence beginning with the words “IF WE”.  Through a contest called the “IF WE Challenge”, we would collect those through Facebook, Twitter,, our blogs and third-party blogs. Oh, and because you could share your “IF WE” Dream through Twitter, it had to be not longer than 140 characters… pretty much a challenge in itself! :)

Anyway, we collected as many as 550 contributions from all over the world! We boiled them down to about 85 of them (with criteria of interest, feasibility, fit with sustainability…). Then we got back in touch with authors and asked them for more details about their ideas. Boiled down again to about 20 that we submitted to the final Jury. Then the Jury came up with our 3 final lucky winners (in our next blog post series, we’ll let you know more about each winner and their respective projects):

  1. Geoffrey Cooper, Canada: “IF WE designed a rolling tree planting robot, we could send them out to replant forests and restore deserted lands. Let’s make it happen!”
  2. Ismael Moreno Cendejas, Mexico: “IF WE design more exoskeletons we can help more people with different capacity”
  3. Andjelic Zoran, Serbia: “IF WE have enough 3D printers, we could make custom made prosthetic limbs for all victims of landmines and renew their faith in science”

Yet in the process of selecting the dreams, we found that others were also pretty cool so we came up with this short video illustrating 10 of them:

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Thank you to Ozgur (Turkey), Hemanth (India), Christopher (France), Cristian (Cameroon), Josh (United States), Andjelic (Serbia), Marinescu (Romania), Noam (Israel), Swapnil (India), Goeffrey (Canada)… and thanks again to all participants of the “IF WE Challenge” in 2012!

And expect a new edition of the Challenge in 2013! :D

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