It’s the Month of Contests!

By Aurelien

This month, you have three more chances to participate in running contests and win great prizes, so you don’t want to miss them! :)

The Ocean Cleanup Contest

Boyan Slat‘s groundbreaking project aims at cleaning the tons of plastic that are polluting the world’s oceans. SolidWorks offers designers around the world a chance to contribute to this project by participating to the Ocean Clean Up contest.

Prizes include:

  • Admission to SolidWorks World 2014, including round-trip airfare to San Diego and four nights hotel.
  • A one-week trip to The Netherlands to work with The Ocean Cleanup team, including round-trip airfare and seven nights hotel.
  • One Microsoft Surface Pro with SolidWorks 2014 Premium

Design guidelines and details: http://www.oceancleanupcontest.com/

Deadline: Nov 15th, 2013

 

MoveIn3D

This new edition of the “MadeIn3D” contest, in partnership with 3D printing services provider Sculpteo, will highlight designs that demonstrate the superiority of 3D printing over traditional manufacturing for non-assembly objects.

Prizes include an iPad Mini, and your design 3D printed.

Design guidelines and details: http://www.3dvia.com/madein3d/

Deadline: November 8th, 2013

 

#IFWE Challenge

Our second edition of the #IFWE Challenge, in partnership with GreenBiz and NetImpact, lets you dream world-changing ideas simply beginning with the words “IF WE”.

Prizes include:

  • 3-day visit to 3DS Paris Campus or 3DS Boston Campus (including travel & accommodation)
  • Latest-generation iPads loaded with 3DS software
  • Gifts from our partners GreenBiz and NetImpact

Contest guidelines and details: http://www.3ds.com/if-we/challenge

Deadline: October 28th, 2013

IFWE Challenge – Reloaded, and in 3D!

By Aurelien

IF WE ask the right questions, we can change the world… In 2012, you were more than 500 to submit crazy ideas to our crowd-sourced collection of world-changing dreams. 3 winners were awarded with prizes and software to help bring their dream to life.

This year, the #IFWE Challenge is back, reloaded with exciting new features:

  • New prizes, including a trip to our 3DS Paris Campus or Boston Campus, for a total prize value of $12,000
  • An incredibly awesome jury of sustainability experts, and the three IFWE Challenge Winners of the 2012 edition!
  • New social features to share easily your or someone else’s IFWE Dream with friends through Facebook, Twitter or by email

Yet with more than 500 contributions in our “IFWE Dreams cloud”, we found out it wasn’t really user-friendly to browse others’ contributions only three or four at time. So we thought a 3DEXPERIENCE would do a better job  :wink: We teamed with 3DVIA to create the “IFWE Sphere“, allowing you to navigate within almost 200 Dreams at a time. We also added a pinch of EXALEAD, to highlight the most frequent keywords, and to help finding Dreams with similar thoughts (so that you can find your IFWE Dream teammates even if they are on the other side of the planet :D ).

IFWE Challenge 2012 tag cloud

What we DIDN’T change is the way you can submit your IFWE Dream. We kept it as simple as last year: just come up with a statement or question beginning with the words #IFWE, and submit it through our website, blogs, on Facebook or Twitter. Everything is explained here, so don’t wait to submit your own world-changing ideas! The contest will be ending on October 28th.

World-Changing Dreamer: Geoffrey Cooper

By Aurelien

IFWE

Last but not least in our series about IF WE Challenge dreamers, here comes our great winner Geoffrey Cooper. His IF WE Dream was “IF WE designed a rolling tree planting robot, we can send them out to replant forests and restore a deserted land. Let’s make it happen!!“. Geoffrey is anindustrial designer coming from Canada and lived in Los Angeles at the time of the challenge.

So without further ado, watch the video below to see Geoffrey’s brilliant idea illustrated:

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Q: Could you let us know where the idea of a rolling tree planting robot came from?

The tree planting robot idea was inspired by my step-brother, who worked as a tree planter in Canada for many years. From him, I learned how difficult it is for people to plant and maintain trees in remote areas, and how important it is to keep our forests alive. That topic lingered in my mind for a long time, and I also looked into the topic of desertification. I discovered that many deserts and plains around the world were once thriving forests, but turned into barren land because of the impact left by man, animals, and climate change.

While I was an Industrial Design student in college, I came up with the idea of designing a rolling tree planting robot that would tackle this problem. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to fit the project into my curriculum, but I have thought extensively about it, and would like to pursue it.

Q: More specifically, how would you see the rolling planting robot actually work?

I envision a group of autonomous tree-planting robots sent out into a deforested area, that would work together to achieve the tasks necessary for planting and ensuring the growth of trees. These tasks would include navigating natural terrain with the use of sensors, coordinating with other tree planting robots working nearby, loading saplings from a larger vessel, boring holes into the ground for the saplings, and cutting away the weeds around planted trees to ensure their growth. The robots would also be able to scan the elements in a landscape to determine the most habitable areas for the trees. After several weeks, the robots would return to the same location to maintain and check the status of the young trees.

The robots would be small (maybe the size of a wheelbarrow), would traverse terrain on wheels, and would be powered partially by solar panels on top of the robots. The robots would work alongside a human operator who would oversee a fleet of tree planting robots. The operator would plan out the operation, and could be on-site in case anything goes wrong.

Q: How would you like to see this idea developped?

I am very interested in making this idea a reality, and would be interested in working with Dassault Systèmes on it if possible. I currently work as an Interaction Designer, and have a background in Industrial Design, so I am confident with my abilities to design systems and physical devices that could work cohesively. The area of the robot project that I am not so familiar with is the robotics, programming, and manufacturing of such a robot. As with any project, I believe that strong teamwork creates big changes, and I believe that such a team could be assembled for the tree planting robot project.

Stay tuned to see how we helped Geoffrey get started with his project :-)



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