Paris 3D Saga – Experience it live, online and mobile

By Aurelien

Paris 3D SagaA couple years after the Khufu and Giza projects, we’re back into a brand new historical 3D adventure. This time, it’s nothing less than the most visited capital in the world, the City of Lights, also know as Paris ;-)  “Paris 3D Saga” is an educative and entertaining journey in the history of Paris beginning 20 centuries ago. Today, we’re releasing three ways to experience the Paris 3D Saga: a live event (if you have the chance to be in Paris tonight), an online 3D experience, as well as an iPad app. Please have a look at the video previews below!

At a first glance, Paris 3D might just look as a video game. It’s not. Each step of the reconstitution was verified and validated with history experts. An history committee under the supervision of Didier Busson, history expert and archaeologist of Paris city, ensured that the project was scientifically and architecturally accurate. Because in the end, whether it’s for our customers from any industry or for an historical reconstitution, our technology and approach serve the same intent: it’s not about building virtual universes for the sake of virtuality ; it’s about building virtual universes that are the closest to the real world, for the sake or reality. Or, in a single word, 3DEXPERIENCE :)

For more details about Paris 3D Saga, please visit: http://www.3ds.com/paris

Live - 3D immersive event on 9 giant screens in Paris (on Sept 29, 2012 – follow #Paris3D on twitter):

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Online - Paris 3D Online Experience:

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Mobile - Paris 3D iPad app:

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How Dassault Systèmes’ Support met Matt Wynn, CAA enthusiast

By Matthias

Matt Wynn - Magestic Systems, Inc
Matt Wynn is one of the key administrators of a LinkedIn group called “CAA V5/V6 interFace/Forum: Where CAA Enthusiasts Meet”. This is the story of how he met our experts from Dassault Systèmes Support and became an influent member of our CAA community. First of all, just to be clear, CAA stands for “Component Architecture Application”. It is a development environment for customers or partners to implement applications that are fully integrated with the CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA and 3DVIA product lines. Matt Wynn is one of those partners.

Can you present yourself briefly?
I have two degrees in Aerospace Engineering and have been programming manufacturing automation / CAM software for over 20 years. I work for Magestic Systems, Inc. where I spend most of my time writing code and working with customers. Outside of work I race slot cars at Elmsford Raceway and teach snowboarding in the winter at Windham Mountain.

How did you meet Dassault Systèmes’ products and people?
Magestic Systems has worked with CATIA for many years and became a software partner in 2004. In 2008 I worked in Paris with Dassault Systèmes staff to perform one of the first migrations of V5 partner applications to V6.

What are the things you made with CAA you are the most proud of?
TruLASER™ View Composites CAA for a wind power applicationI am proud of anything that has been successful! Magestic Systems TruLASER™ View applications for Composites, Assembly and Paint templating are the biggest commercial success in both V5 and V6. It has also been very interesting to create some batch programs without a user interface that import to and export from CATIA and other types of data.

Why this CAA community on LinkedIn? How did you come to lead it?
The LinkedIn CAA group “CAA V5/V6 interFace/Forum: Where CAA Enthusiasts Meet” was created in 2008 by Yong Zhao, and I am only one of the managers. I found the CAA group on LinkedIn late in 2008 while I was visiting Dassault Systèmes working on the V6 migration.Somehow, knowledgeable CAA programmers that were willing to share found it and it has been a great resource. As of April 2012, there are over 1200 members, approximately 40-50% are employed as CAA programmers. It is very interesting to watch who is joining the LinkedIn groups, and I try to send each new member a welcome message. This helps them get to know me as well, which is the whole idea behind LinkedIn.

Then you naturally became a member of the CAA community on Swym.3ds.com?
I joined the 3DSwYm community several years ago when I started to use the DraftSight DXF/DWG editing tool. I was invited to the CAA community just before it opened up because I am a V6 early adopter and my leadership of the LinkedIn group.

What do you think those two communities bring to CAA developers?
There is a synergy with 3DSwYm and LinkedIn communities.Both provide important resources to the CAA developers.
The LinkedIn group is open to anyone with an interest in CAA programming. It has had steady growth, with 100 new members every 4 months for several years. It has the ‘critical mass’ required for a community of developers to be helpful to each other.
CAA Community on 3DSwymThe 3DSwYm community can do things that are impossible on LinkedIn. It has had good growth since it went public in December, but not much participation by members yet. There is more opportunity in the 3DSwYm group for difficult CAA questions to be addressed by very knowledgeable Dassault Systèmes people, especially on the topic of V6 CAA. 3DSwYm includes the ability to share documents and code and data samples, which I have found very helpful. Before 3DSwYm, this kind of support required submitting service requests, which I think many developers do not have access to.

For those of you who are interested, you can contact Matt both on Swym.3ds.com and on LinkedIn. :-)

Best,

Matthias

Matthias Vivet is a member of the Dassault Systèmes Customer Support team.

 

“Age of Design” Challenge featuring CATIA Natural Sketch

By Aurelien

I guess August is the month of closing contests :) While we just passed 500 World-Changing Dreams shared in our on-going IF WE Challenge ending on August 10, another global contest called “Age of Design” will end on August 20!

Age of Design is co-organized by AutoDesign&Styling magazine supported by the civic association Czechdesign, for the second consecutive year. The theme is very free, only restricted to the requirement that the idea should be in the form of a “scenario”. It is set in Prague as an important European city, an inspiring place with a rich history, and a potential seedbed of future trends.

The scenario asks the designers to step into the near future and challenges them, through the use of individual objects or products, to present their vision of a modern European city and its inhabitants. What do the cars and other vehicles on the streets of  Prague look like? What clothes do people wear? What objects do they use every day, how do they spend their free time? Any single product can be successful. The award will go to those products that tend towards simplicity, uniqueness, utility and aesthetic quality. By the choice of theme,the organizers want to draw attention to the significant role of applied design in our everyday lives.

Anne Asensio, Vice President Design Experience, Dassault Systèmes and the chairwoman of last edition’s jury, said:

We’ve chosen to ‘open up’ the competition this year in order for the challenge to encourage a more ‘holistic’ design approach. We also expect a wider spectrum of designers from various industries to take part. The challenge for the designers will be far from easy but meaningful: to help people experience better and more sustainable lives. We will be happy to help these young designers in gaining experience and valuable counseling that will support their future work.

Three finalists will make it into a three-day final workshop that will be held in Prague, with participants being given an opportunity to improve their projects under the leadership of an experienced designer. They will have 3D design tool CATIA Natural Sketch at their disposal. The winners will be announced in the November issue of AutoDesign&Styling. The creator of the best project will be awarded a prize of EUR 1,000, the runner-up will receive EUR 500 and EUR 300 will go to the third placed entry.

All of the details of Dassault Systèmes Design Challenge 2012 can be found on the website of AutoDesign&Styling, where participants can register and enter their project. Last year’s edition, where participants were given the task of designing a new taxi for Prague, attracted entries from 80 designers based in 23 countries. Diego Garcia from Spain was the winner with his electric vehicle concept ‘Visitor’.

Watch below a video of last year’s edition jury:

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