CATIA V6 online at 36,000 ft: ON and ABOVE the cloud :)

By John

As I am frequently flying over US to meet with customers, I’ve spent a lot of time working in planes. So I appreciate that CATIA V6 be ‘on the cloud’ in the sense that it allows to refine a 3D design online using a standard https web connection. I thought I would share with you my experience of design using CATIA V6… from 36,000 feet.

YES: this is not just about being ON the cloud but also, literally, ABOVE the cloud(s) ! :-)

What I like when authoring with CATIA V6 is that I don’t need to check out and download locally my assembly to perform my modifications, and check them back in. Nope. Instead, I navigate through the 3D design residing on the server instantly over the web, open the parts I want to work with, perform the changes and hit save (more precisely “propagate” as we say in V6, as it also manages the potential impacts) when I’m done.

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Maybe this video can give a new meaning to streaming “up/down” only what is necessary of the 3D design: up/down from a plane.

John CoyneJohn Coyne is an Application Engineer at Dassault Systèmes in the Los Angeles area.

Watch the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform in action!

By Aurelien

If you’ve seen our recent announcement about 3DEXPERIENCE, you might be wondering how the four quadrants of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform come into play. So better than any amount of words, the two videos below illustrate the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform in action with concrete examples: IceDream project (see our post series about IceDream), and the 4N luxury watch. Now just have a look for yourself! :)

 

Ice Dream 3DEXPERIENCE

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4N Luxury Watch 3DEXPERIENCE

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Stay tuned as more examples of 3DEXPERIENCE Platform in action will be coming in soon! In the meantime, let us know which industry or concrete example you would like to see the 3DEXPERIENCE applied to next :)

 

Drawing in 3D

By Michael

What is seducing a designer to use 100% digital equipment to documenting and developing ideas?

Capturing creativity is a sensual act with decisions taken within micro seconds. Nothing must disturb the magic moment when the ideas flow from brain to the documentation support. For centuries or even back to the stone age designers have relayed on a pencil and a box of color crayons to serve the purpose of documenting their design intent.

I recall the mid ‘90s when I visited at the Opel/GM development center in Rüsselsheim, Germany, for a business project. Open space offices were hung with impressive hand-made sketches and drawings of vehicles on transparent paper, thus manifesting the team’s creative outbursts.

Now a new generation of designers has been raised who are drawing directly on computer screens. And they seem to prefer this approach as their natural way to go about their job. In addition, with a digital input there are some advantages on the down-stream processes: the possibility of applying changes, the effectiveness of re-use and transfer to other media, as well as the ease of enriching content, such as varying colors, further detailing  or adding background for presentations up until photo-realistic rendering.

At the Dassault Systèmes European Customer Conference which took place two weeks ago in Paris we were able to observe what seems to be a breakthrough in this path of development towards a comprehensive approach: Industrial Designers now can use CATIA with a pen and tablet device from WACOM to directly draw in 3D.


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has been a partner in our Emerging Technologies Program since last year and has been working with the teams from CATIA and the Design Studio to develop this integrated solution.

 

With the availability of this functionality the door opens to a closed digital loop from documenting the first idea to developing a product design which is ready to be manufactured.

This sounds like science fiction to you? It still does it to me. But it’s nevertheless real. Have a look at the video:

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Listen to the 3D drawing experience of Julien Fournier, who is using this technology to design Haute Couture:

Up to the creative people of the world to check this out.

Best,
Michael

 

 



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