Our Holidays Program: Experience Ancient Egypt!

By Remi
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We already talked about it: we love pyramids! And actually we love them so much we thought you’d like to experience them as well… in 3D (and even on your 3D TV!). So Dassault Systèmes developed an application to truly go back in time and visit old Egypt.

Still skeptical? Let me tell you, you’ve never seen a lecture this fascinating: the topic’s hot, the technology to showcase it kicks ass and whenever you have a question, just stop and hang around to explore the pyramid and get your questions answered! And to quote our friends from the BBC:

we may be on the very edge of uncovering some of our past’s greatest secrets.

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So if you feel like going on holidays, discovering pyramids and ancient Egypt just like they were 4,500 years ago, just click here! Otherwise, if you don’t have time to browse through the whole adventure, I thought I’d split it so that you can pick your choice! ;-)

First part is called “the two enigmas of the Great Pyramid” and talks about how the pyramid was built, especially regarding other pyramids. So if you want to have an overview of what’s so mysterious about Khufu’s pyramid, I’d recommend you take a look at this part.

Second part is about “the genius of the builders”. Basically, if you want to learn about the architectural side of the pyramid construction, head there! Plus, it’s divided in three parts so you can understand the whole construction process (it’s my favorite part!).

Third part is named “seventy days to be reborn” and explains the whole process behind Khufu’s preparation before being put inside the pyramid. You’d like to see the rituals? That’s over here!

Fourth part is called “the paths to eternity” and gives you Jean Pierre Houdin’s point of view about the King’s chamber and its construction secret! (My second favorite part… The architects back then were truly geniuses!)

The final part “simply” allows you to travel completely freely around the pyramid and its construction site.

Enjoy the ride and tell us what you thought about that! :wink:



PS: just an advice, during the loading process, be sure to say “no” if your browser asks if you want to stop the 3Dvia plug-in. It happens sometimes but always loads afterwards… I’m guessing this is ancient Gods testing if you’re worth seeing their land! ;-)

PPS: if you want to share the adventure, feel free to do so! Here’s the link: www.3ds.com/khufu

CATIA Visualization Contest: Win an Apple iPad 2!

By Xavier
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CATIA Contest 2011 Dassault SystemesCATIA is launching a visualization contest on Facebook: post your realistic rendering image to win an Apple iPad 2!

This contest is open to everyone that enjoys creating beautiful images using original 3D models so come and demonstrate your creative skills and vote for the best rendering images!

You will have two chances to win. You can either be selected by the fans on Facebook or be chosen by the CATIA jury composed of experts.

The contest will run through the 1st of August until the 9th of September. But if you post your images early, you are likely to gain more votes and increase your chances to win an Apple iPad 2 so hurry up guys! :wink:

Just as a reminder, here are the pics from the 2009 edition and what the winners said about the contest!

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Good luck!


End of a Space Shuttle Era – What Next?

By Tom
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Photo Credit: NASA/Tom Farrar and Tony Gray.

I think most people will have that nostalgic feeling about the Space Shuttle program and its thirty years of history. It’s had its fair share of ups and downs: from the Columbia and Challenger disasters to the Hubble telescope project success; those moments in time are fixed in our memory.

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So what now? The dramatic images of Atlantis touching down for the last time led most people to ask what NASA and the US space program plan to do next. The good news is they’re already working on something new. :D

Several solutions to replace the space shuttle have been suggested and the most interesting part is that many of these new rockets are from the private industry, rather than a government organization. The majority of the solutions favor an “Apollo style” re-entry capsule. This style of spacecraft will be launched atop a rocket (like the Falcon 9) and land with a splashdown in the ocean.

Abaqus Unified FEA from SIMULIA has the built-in Multiphysics capabilities to successfully predict how that splashdown will happen and the ability to accurately predict physical effects the impact will have on the capsule. Just to prove Abaqus is up to the job – check out this tech brief and video we’ve put together:

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You can also browse for more examples— Tech Briefs, Conference Papers and Customer References— on how SIMULIA’s solutions can solve real-world challenging problems at the SIMULIA Resource Center.

In the words of one very famous spaceman – “To infinity, and beyond!” :wink:



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