Introducing the Leapfrog Project: Building Next-Generation Eco-Imagineers in Emerging Countries

By Zoe

In a previous post, we introduced the concept of Leapfrogging for Sustainability as the ability of emerging countries to skip less-efficient and more-polluting practices to directly jump to the most advanced green technologies. With these concepts in mind, we came up with an innovative initiative in Vietnam named the Leapfrog Project.

Leapfrog Project

Why Vietnam?

Today many emerging countries are among the most vulnerable countries to climate change, and Vietnam has recently being ranked the 13th country as “extreme risk” in a recent study, with dramatic effects on the people and the environment.

Maplecroft's Climate Change Vulnerability Index 2013

Furthermore, Vietnam has a big industry of textile and garments (40% of its GDP) which supplies and exports to western countries: from bamboo lamps to soft toys , and as companies and customers are more demanding for better products and cleaner supply chains, it is becoming necessary for Vietnam to lead sustainable innovation.

Sewing Room in Softtoy factory in HCMC

Finally, with a GDP growth at an average of over 7% annually during the past 10 years, and a highly educated and motivated population, Vietnam is part of the “innovation learner” countries ranked by the Global Innovation Index (GII), among the most efficient global innovators, demonstrating rising level of innovation results.

The Leapfrog Project

In 2010, we connected with one of these innovative projects funded by SWITCH-ASIA European program, called SPIN which stands for Sustainable Product INnovation. Their objective is to increase the social and environmental quality of the products made in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia by deploying eco-design methodologies and clean technologies in local businesses. Watch the video below to learn more about SPIN and examples of sustainable products they are working on:

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In 2012, we asked ourselves the question whether the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform from Dassault Systèmes could accelerate the leap, for this upcoming generation of designers and engineers, to sustainable innovation practices.  And that is how we build together a partnership with SPIN stakeholders called the Leapfrog Project.

A Jump ahead in Sustainable Innovation

At the beginning of the project, we provided Dassault Systèmes’ solutions to the SPIN designers and engineers, in order to help them taking the right decisions at the right time, and improving their design processes: selecting the right material, simulate while maintaining the mechanical properties and protecting the environment. We supported them with local partners and trainings, as well as specific materials that were adequate to their needs and methodologies, to bring their ideas to life.

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By connecting the SPIN team, to experts, designers, and sustainability passionate worldwide, we created a community in which we can all share ideas and 3D models to collaborate and foster sustainable innovation.

Local support of the Leapfrog Project - SPIN training

Finally, with local companies’ capacities, and the SPIN designers supported by the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, we designed and re-designed more than 40 different products, manufactured in Vietnam, and reduced their environmental impacts from 10 to 80% off their initial carbon footprint!

The Cabinet - Leapfrog Design from 3D to real

In the upcoming weeks, we will post more information, use cases and educational materials about the Leapfrog Project and sustainable innovation, so follow the frog

IF WE leap to collaborative eco-design, we can live in a cleaner world… Take the leap with us! :-)

Zoe BEZPALKO

Zoé BEZPALKO is an Eco-Design Specialist at Dassault Systèmes

Making a Dream Come True for A Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor

By Suzanne

Adrianne Haslet-Davis Dances at TED

Photo credit James Duncan Davidson/TED via Flickr

Creating an unforgettable moment crystallizing how technology can change a person’s life, Adrianne Haslet-Davis last week fulfilled her dream of dancing again less than a year after losing part of her leg in the Boston Marathon Bombing. Haslet-Davis’ moment  took place at TED 2014 and was made possible through hard work and the support of Hugh Herr, MIT’s BioMechatronics Lab Director, who outfitted her with a revolutionary prosthetic limb that allowed her re-learn basic dance moves that once came naturally to her.

Photo of Adrianne Haslet-Davis and Hugh Herr at TED

Photo credit James Duncan Davidson/TED via Flickr

Herr, shown above with Haslet-Davis at TED, is known for his revolutionary work in the emerging field of biomechatronics – creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs. Herr was a guest earlier this year at Dassault Systemes’ SOLIDWORKS World event where he told attendees how he designed his own legs after suffering an accident as a child.  Using SOLIDWORKS,  he created the world’s first bionic foot and calf system called the BiOM.

Professor Hugh Herr at SolidWorks World 2014

The BiOM Being Designed in SOLIDWORKS

BiOM prosthetic legs mimic the movement of natural limbs by adapting to a person’s walking speed and the terrain of the land to help the prosthetic propel the person naturally. By simply using a battery source and springs for energy, the prosthetic legs augment a person’s ability to run and walk.  They normalize a person’s pace while enhancing stability and controlling for fatigue.

Professor Hugh Herr at SolidWorks World 2014

The SolidWorks World Audience is Surprised
to Learn that Herr Wears Prosthetics

Herr and his group worked with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium to create the BiOM prosthetic legs. He uses it in his group at MIT as well – as he feels that the minimal learning curve allows for quick, easy use by new incoming students.

The human body is often referred to as “the world’s most advanced machine,” and by improving medical device design and patient experience with our 3D design and simulation technologies, the potential to understand how that machine works is finally here.  As seen at TED, these advancements are enabling people to achieve what they once only dreamed.

Below is a video of Herr speaking to the audience about his work and about how technology has positively changed his life:

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American Bobsled Team and Dassault Systemes’ SolidWorks Partner To Win Medal at Sochi Olympics

By Suzanne

Congratulations to the United States 4-Man Bobsled team who won the Bronze Medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics with a sled, NightTrain II, that was designed using Dassault Systemes’ SolidWorks. The Bo-Dyn Bobsled company founded by engineer Bob Cuneo and NASCAR legend Geoff Bodine turned to SolidWorks to help them build a sled that was ready for the challenging course in Sochi.

In an interview with Fast Company, Bodine spoke about the how “technical” the track was:

“All the corners are difficult.” In particular, there is a section of the track where a series of corners lead to a stretch of track that goes uphill. All of which makes it especially important to build a bobsled that is highly navigable, since to come off those corners with any lost momentum can impair the team’s ability to plow through that uphill stretch. “That’s where they can lose those thousandths of a second.”

American Bobsled

The challenge, according to Bodine, was to find a way design a winning sled for Sochi without building multiple prototypes.

“We knew we needed an accurate and precise 3D design that could give us a realistic and cost-effective way to test and tweak Night Train 2® prototypes. The solution was SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS helped us design using a lighter material and creating multiple 3D prototypes of the bobsled on the computer so we could get it just the way we wanted it before we began building and manufacturing it.

SOLIDWORKS was incredible for allowing us to experiment with the weight of the sled and how that impacts the handling of the bobsled. You win in these races by a very small amount of time and the key to winning is very small changes in design. SOLIDWORKS lets us quickly make those crucial changes.”

Bodine and Cuneo took the stage at SolidWorks World in San Diego last month to discuss how SolidWorks assisted them and brought along some taped messages from the team headed by Steve Holcomb.

American Bobsled at SWW14

Watch coverage of the story by 7news:

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This is not the first time Dassault Systemes’ 3DExperience been used to create high-speed vehicles; we’ve helped our customers break land speed records, race in Formula One, follow the Sun across Australia and round the track in NASCAR.

We’re proud to add the Bronze Medal winning run of Team USA’s NightTrain II to the list!  :-)

American Bobsled Team in Sochi

 



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