Here Spot – Here Spot! Such a Good Spot Weld.

By Marc
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Dog Robot BiscuitWe have all heard of the Dog Whisperer. It’s been viewed as the ultimate guide to providing solutions for your problematic pooches. Each episode documents the remarkable transformations that take place by teaching and helping dogs and their owners achieve happier lives together.

Great if you have dogs, but what if you are having problems with “production” man’s other best friend?

Manufacturers in any industry from a large OEM to a small systems integrator are often challenged with properly teaching and programming their production robots.  Getting them to correctly perform the required operations and tasks on the factory floor can be as difficult as trying to keep Fido from eating your favorite pair of slippers.

You can’t encourage them to sit, stay or spot weld with their favorite squeaky toy or just sit down with them and have a conversation over a nice cup of coffee at break time.  Manufacturers need the right solutions to ensure their productions systems best utilize the robots for optimum performance, efficiency and flexibility.

The latest installment of (you guessed it), the Robot Whisperers, the online e-series by Dassault Systemes, robot experts Mike and Tony will show a few tricks to better assign and validate spot welds with robots in production.

Now, I am not talking about getting your robots to roll over and beg. ;-) But the guys will demonstrate how to simulate and validate robotic spot welding applications utilizing 3D software to help your robots become more loyal and obedient.

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In episode 3, Robotology for Spot Welding, Mike and Tony will also discuss how 3D simulation allows engineers to  create “what-if” scenarios in the virtual environment with just a couple of clicks of the mouse. That’s certainly better than dragging a bunch of robots around the shop floor to physically test the different programs necessary for production. Plus they will have some fun talking about the solar system and Aunt Irene’s Farm – no kidding!

So if you are having relationship issues with your robots and just can’t get them to accurately perform the 1000’s of spot welds they do every day, a doggy treat or a pat on the servo motor is not going to help you.  Log onto the Robot Whisperers today and see why this e-series is your ultimate guide to happier, healthy relationships with your robots!



PS: here is the e-series introduction for those of you who missed it:

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Le Bourget 2011 – Paris Air Show Rocks!

By Remi
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Big Frog Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2011 Dassault Systemes

As I was at the Paris Air Show (le Bourget) yesterday, I thought you might enjoy some pictures and a video of what we can see there.

You remember Big Frog? A project we once supported in our Passion for Innovation program? Well it was located right in the center of the show and its team is as ready as they can be for this September Reno Air Race! Big Frog pilots told me they only needed some final testing for the engine and by mid-August they will fly to the US to get the plane prepared and tested for the race.

It’s pretty amazing to see how excited the team is: they were just like children when they were talking about the plane, you can definitely tell they love it! I’m so looking forward to September, we’ll keep you updated with the race outcome but I’m sure they will rock it! GO BIG FROG! :)

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Other notable thing was obviously Solar Impulse which was the special guest of the show. However, as you can see from the pictures and video, it wasn’t the perfect weather we could have hoped for so the plane didn’t fly… too bad!

Anyway, here is a short overview of what you can experience at this year’s Paris Air Show, obviously starring Big Frog:

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Were you there? Tell us what interested you the most!



Experience Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D Augmented Reality

By Agnes
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Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D Augmented Reality

I’d like to introduce you to a new 3D augmented reality cereal box experience! ;-)

After our Rio 3D augmented reality game, the Experiential Marketing Strategy team, in collaboration with Nestlé and Dreamworks, developed another fun game based on the Kung Fu Panda 2 movie.

You know Po, the humble panda? He is back and this time he’s also on cereal boxes: lead him and his gang, the Furious Five, through this 3D video game… with a hand card only!?

The goal of this interactive game is to create the longest chain with Po and his friends and catch as fast as possible the traditional Chinese food bowls holding on the lanterns. But watch out the firecrackers and the cannon balls that can break the chain!

Here is a sneak video about the Kung Fu Panda 2 3D augmented reality experience:

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Now let me share with you some interesting figures:

  • It’s the fourth 3D augmented reality experience developed in collaboration with Nestlé thanks to 3DVIA technologies (Chocapic, Arthur Course and Rio).
  • It’s the second one so global: it will be available on 33 million boxes in more than 50 countries… huge!!!

Try the game and let me know if you like this kind of marketing campaign. I DO and I’m sure it will change the way brands interact with their consumers.

(Btw, if you don’t have the cereal box, you can still download the tag and play directly on Nestlé’s dedicated website!)

Have fun!


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