Groupama Team France: Striving for Excellence in the 2017 America’s Cup

By Alyssa
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From May 26th to June 27th, the 35th edition of the oldest and most prestigious sailing competition – the America’s Cup – will be disputed off the coasts of Bermuda.

A race like this is truly a contest of know-how and technology.  Achieving excellence within a very short timeframe is key to success; race rules dictate that boats couldn’t be water tested until December 26, 2016 – a mere five months prior to the first official race.

One of the six teams entering in this edition is Groupama Team France.  Since Groupama Team France formed later than their competitors, they had to build and test their flying catamaran within 18 months, whereas their rivals had a time frame of up to three years.  The team of 85 includes passionate designers, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, communications specialists and sailors who recognized that optimal preparation required two critical components: a way to not only design but also test many different ideas to develop their boat and the use of a single collaborative platform to streamline communication between both internal teams and external partners working on different parts of the development process.  Groupama Team France adopted the Designed for Sea industry solution experience based on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform from Dassault Systèmes to address both goals.

Designed for Sea allowed the team to model everything in 3D, design the foil, analyze the structure, and simulate the boat’s behavior in the water. The resulting 3D virtual mockup provided the crew with a precise idea of the boat before construction even began. It also enabled the design team to build a strong boat yet lightweight and safe when “flying” over the water at 80 km per hour. Thanks to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform all applications are now integrated into one environment, where in the past multiple tools were needed for 3D modeling, structural analysis, collaboration, flow simulations and optimization.  This saved precious time and prevented errors.

As Martin Fischer, head of the design team at Groupama Team France summarized: “[The 3DEXPERIENCE platform] allows us to easily exchange 3D models and construction plans with [external partners] and, if there are issues to resolve, our communication is more efficient, new ideas flow and errors that might otherwise go unnoticed are more easily corrected. It all boils down to time. If communication is streamlined, the design process is quicker leaving more time to run tests and optimize our boat.” 

Check out the full story and learn more about how Groupama Team France is leveraging Dassault Systèmes’ solutions to unleash the required innovation to perform in the sailing world’s most renowned and difficult competition.

You can also get a look at the boat in a new video.


Meeting seasonal fashion demand with 3DEXPERIENCE

By Alyssa
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With its rapidly changing trends and seasonal lines, the apparel industry is one of the most dynamic industries in which a company can operate. But how do apparel manufacturers keep up with shrinking product development cycles? And how do they manage to react to customers’ rapidly changing needs while also meeting their expectations?

LF Corp (LF), a Korea-based company engaged in the manufacture and distribution of men’s and women’s apparel, was facing these very challenges. As Korea’s leader in the fashion industry with over 34 brands such as Hazzys, Maestro and Towngent, LF needed to find a way to deliver a quick response to market demands.

To help meet these challenges, LF adopted Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE® platform and its PLM solution for fashion, My Collection. 

My Collection’s Design Library has a strong data management component.  This allows LF to quickly create new products by easily modifying materials or patterns, as well as develop seasonal concepts. The solutions provide users with a single data source which allows people from different disciplines across LF to collaborate and share information such as what raw materials and colors to use in in order to get the seasonal concept right. My Collection also offers a way for LF employees, management, buyers and designers to monitor project status in real time to help make faster decisions. This led to a 60% reduction in days needed to deliver a new seasonal collection.

With strong benefits so far, LF plans to leverage Dassault Systèmes solutions in others ways.  They are developing processes to gain more business insights in order to help to improve their customers’ buying experience.  They also want to synergize collected data to forecast market trends by considering sales data and consumer feedback. And, LF plans to enhance consumers’ online shopping experience with the help of Dassault Systèmes’ 3D simulation technology.

Check out a new video to discover more about how LF is using 3DEXPERIENCE to meet their business goals now and in the future.



Preparing future careers through 3DEXPERIENCE  

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Once students graduate from university and start searching for a permanent position, many come to the painful realization that their skills don’t match companies’ requirements. Fortunately, this is not the case for graduates of the National Technical University of Ukraine Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (NTUU “Igor Sikorsky KPI”).

Since its foundation in 1898, the main objective of NTUU has been to teach its mechanical engineering students the right technical skills in applied mechanics and materials engineering. And this has been done very successfully:  NTUU is ranked in the top 4% of technical universities in the world. But how do they manage to stay on top of machine-building companies’ needs?

NTUU cooperates with many renowned machine-building companies and aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and FESTO to understand the technical skills they seek in their employees. Many major aerospace companies have been using Dassault Systèmes’ applications for years to design, test and manufacture. So it was an easy decision for NTUU to feature the 3DEXPERIENCE platform in their mechanical engineering curriculum in order to support the needs of aircraft companies in Ukraine and abroad.

The coursework enables students to familiarize themselves with 3D modeling using CATIA and engineering analysis with SIMULIA. Theoretical training and practical design exercises are combined to ensure the students have a firm understanding of the concepts. As part of a master’s program, students and professors have the opportunity to participate in the development of an entire aircraft from concept and preliminary design to the completion of the digital model.

Check out a new case study to learn more about the practical teaching approach of NTUU.

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