The Dassault Systèmes Blog and Candles

By Kate
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Two years ago I nervously clicked publish to activate 3D Perspective’s first blog post .  Dassault Systèmes had not yet launched our social media internet “swYm,” and there were only a few people across the group actually using social media externally for work.

During the past 24 months, I’ve grown and so has Dassault Systèmes.  I’m less shy about being myself online and following my instincts; and Dassault Systèmes now has 9,000 employees using social media internally to collaborate on projects and long-term initiatives.  We’ve also introduced social innovation products for our customers and ecosystem.

Through this blog I’ve tried to show you a different side to our company.  Dassault Systèmes is not just “a worldwide leader in PLM and 3D software”.  We’re a group of people with passions and opinions.  And some of our bloggers have even chosen to draw parallels between their personal lives and our software.  Take Tim Webb for example, as he links his father to Tiger Woods and simulation software.  Or what about Therese Snow who connects eating out in a restaurant with her husband to virtual ergonomics.

You’ve read and watched behind-the-scenes conference accounts, received free software keys, entered design contests, and won cereal boxes that are also VR headsets.  You’ve also discussed 3D format wars, whether 3D is a universal language, and the relationship between tribes, teams and V6.

Here are a few back office stats for those of you that like numbers:

• 41 3DP bloggers
• 297 blogposts
• 633 tags

These are the Top 24 (in honor of 24 months) most-read posts:

Happy Birthday, 3D Perspectives!

UN ENORME MERCI to all 3DP bloggers, readers, commenters, tweeters, IT-supporters and sponsors; as the French also say, I salute you!

What’s YOUR 3D Perspectives BIRTHDAY WISH for our 3rd year?



Blowin’ in the Wind: Michel Desjoyeaux

By Richard
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Michel Desjoyaux arrival in Pointe-à-Pitre - photo © Yvan ZEDDA / Team FONCIA, used by permission

How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
(Bob Dylan)

Michel Desjoyeaux, the skipper of the 60ft. FONCIA monohull, is known to take music with him when he’s sailing. I don’t know whether he brought that song with him, but no doubt that the wind was the great issue during this 9th Route du Rhum – la Banque Postale.

Basically, it goes like this: when you’re crossing the Atlantic, you have to bypass the Azores High, a high pressure zone where there’s little or no wind. And of course there are two paths you can go by: North or South. And unlike what another song goes (Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on – Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin), this is a strategic choice that cannot be changed during the Route du Rhum.

While most monohulls chose the North road, Michel (along with Arnaud Boissières) chose the South road, the good old Trade winds road.

Unlike the other boat categories, the IMOCA skippers are on their own with the weather forecasts. They are not allowed to be helped by their team ashore, it ‘s strictly forbidden to even allude to the weather and wind forecasts when the skipper and the team communicate. Therefore, the skipper must get the weather forecasts and try to figure out what’s going to happen all by himself, while still skipping the boat of course. A great challenge!

Well, this year it seems Aeolus was in a rather tongue-in-cheek mood, as the wind forecasts didn’t match reality at all. While the northern monohulls had to face hard weather and sea conditions, the two southerners didn’t find the expected Trade winds, which prevented Michel to fight for the fist places. Who knows, but he might have another Dylan’s song on his mind: Idiot Wind

Anyway, the boat went fine, Michel hadn’t any problem with it (I opened the toolbox just once for a small allen key to tighten a small screw on the rudder) , and when he finally found some decent Trade winds, he fought til the end, finally arriving this morning in 6th position after 15 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes at an average speed of 9.47 knots.

As he told himself during the race, a beautiful boat and Michel’s great experience may not be enough if you don’t find the good wind conditions. A good reminder that Nature remains stronger than all our technical excellence and hunger for victory…

Anyway, congratulations to Michel for his race in those rather quirky conditions and on to his next challenge: the Barcelona World Race which starts on December 31st!

Meanwhile, don’t forget the online 60ft. FONCIA 3D visit, we’re constantly improving it.

Michel enjoys a well-deserved Ti'Punch upon arrival in Pointe-à-Pitre - photo © Yvan ZEDDA / Team FONCIA, used by permission

You can see Michel enjoying the traditional Ti’Punch welcoming the skippers in Pointe-à-Pitre. And as we began this post with a song, let’s close it with an appropriate sea shanty:

Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest–
…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest–
…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
(Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson)

Stay tuned, and keep 3D-ing!

Richard BreitnerRegards,


Richard Breitner, Passion for Innovation Program Manager

An Italian’s Take on French VR Cereal Gameplay

By Kate
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The following blogpost is by Matteo Mannuci, one of the lucky not-in-France recipients of a VR Chocapic cereal box.  Matteo is a practicing architect in Florence, Italy.  I’ve translated his French post to English, and the artwork and photos are his.  Molte grazie, Matteo!

10 p.m.:  Tonight I spent time with one of my best friends and adventure buddies, Luca Aluffi, who also wore his own famous 3D glasses, sent to us by Kate!

Once we cut out and assembled our glasses, we threw ourselves into the game.  My super MacBook Pro had a problem with the plug-in, but with a bit of patience everything worked fine on Windows.  Luca’s little computer beat my powerful MacBook.

The game was excellent!!!! Blam, zam, bling!  The game is so well made and fun, it hypnotized us.  We laughed like children; while the game is very fun to play, it’s also fun to watch Luca playing . . .  Ah! Ah! Ah !

We tried all the levels, and I like the second one the best!!  Thanks again Kate.  We’re ready for the next 3D adventure!


P.S.  Next time will you send us the cereal inside the box too ?  Ah! Ah! Ah ! :p

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