XtreeE unveils Europe’s first 3D-printed Pavilion at 3DS Paris Campus: Recap of the inauguration

By Fred
Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+

The inauguration of the 3D-printed Pavilion took place at the 3DS Paris Campus, on September 20, 2016, key persons were involved in this significant collaborative project using digital technology & additive construction methods that transform the design and building processes in the construction industry.

A first in Europe inspired by shapes found in nature that demonstrates the future of sustainable architecture. It showcases 4 main innovations in design (bio-mimicry), simulation (topology optimization), materials and constructions (robot manufacturing) that could transform the future of architecture and building construction. The digital continuity is key and is provided through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

If you miss the event, watch the video replay of the 3D-printed Pavilion grand opening by officials.

The inauguration created a strong activity on social networks, follow the story hereafter…

A disruptive innovative project led by the French startup XtreeE with the support of ABB, LafargeHolcim and the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab of Dassault Systèmes. Discover the related article: Applauding XtreeE in Leading 3D Printing Revolution.

The ambition of the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab is really to help bring disruptive innovation, with an open innovation approach, coaching and mentoring start-ups. To know more about our role of incubator, read the 2015 3DEXPERIENCE Lab launch recap. You can also visit our dedicated website.

Live @ ENOVIA’s Collaborative Innovation Forum #CIF2010

By Kate
Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+

Something hot is happening at ENOVIA today, and I don’t want you to miss it!  Key PLM customers and innovation bloggers are gathering in Tampa to discuss open innovation, crowdsourcing and the future of PLM. 

Watch the discussions and content unfold before your eyes on this URL featuring live blogging, tweeting, and Web stream.  It’s a digital gold mine for anything related to collaborative innovation.

And even better, jump in with your thoughts and questions!




The Innovation Enchantment Recipe

By Kate
Share on LinkedInTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+


Today I attended the National Innovation Directors Meeting and spent most of my time avidly taking notes.  While it’s a worthy detour to share how the French postal service plans to innovate its way through our Internet Age, I wanted to focus on a recurring theme:  magic. 

Not the magic of trickery, but the magic of enchantment.   

Magic in the context of innovation, or even during a real-deal magic show, is the same; we are enchanted when we witness or experience something we didn’t before think possible.  Like . . .

  • Talking to someone who’s not in the same room (the initial enchantment of the telephone)
  • Flying in the air like a bird (think First Flight and Bleriot)
  • Using a device that’s simultaneously a cellphone, music player, Internet access and camera (yes, the iPhone, our most recent enchantment)
  • Turning your cereal box into a 3D game console (Nestlé Chocopic)

And we’re about the cross into new enchantment territory when it comes to, for example, innovations in medicine . . . crippled people who can walk thanks to exoskeletons, corrective sight surgery for infants born blind, etc. etc. 

But no matter how much we focus on process, strategy, measurement, anything touching so called ‘innovation systems’, the true place where innovation ‘happens’ (hmm, this makes me think of combustion theory) is . .  LIFE. 

Marc Giget said it best, “Le lieu d’innovation, c’est la vie,” where people physically intersect, live their lives, experiences and emotions. 

What the virtual world has to offer then, is life augmented.  A place you don’t call home but where you can be in communion with other beings, from all geolocations and expertise, to innovate where it’s otherwise impossible.  Let’s face it; key collaborators for the next scientific breakthrough probably don’t all go to the same grocery store. 

Yet while it’s certain that online tools help boost, or we could say, facilitate innovation, let’s not forget about our real lives. 

Let’s not forget to actually get together every now and then at  real conferences and talk with people face to face.

Let’s not forget the power of teambuilding, and speaking of which, emotional group experiences like white water rafting make for killer teambuilding outings. 

Because it’s at the conferences and while you’re paddling through the Level 4s that you truly connect with people.  Emotionally.  Experientially. Human to human.  This is where the sparks of magic often first ignite. 

Build your ‘innovation ecosystem’ online . . . AND, offline.  And while you’re at it, don’t forget to dream! 

I’ll leave you with two quotes from today’s meeting (although sorry, it was during the Q&A sessions and I cannot remember who said them):

“Innovation begins where standards end.”

 . . . and . . .

“We must keep the magic cauldron alive.”

Would love to hear your thoughts!



Page 1 of 212