Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Dassault adds Simpack to its Simulia line of tools

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 11:49 AM PDT

With the acquisition of Simpack Dassault adds better integration of hardware and software for vehicle design.

Siggraph 2014 Art Gallery explores Acting in Translation

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 11:14 AM PDT

This year's show curates an exchange of ideas between media and domains in art, science, and technology. As part of Siggraph 2014 in Vancouver (August 10-14, 2014), the Siggraph Art Gallery will present 14 curated, innovative works incorporating its theme, "Acting in Translation." While the essential aim of the Art Gallery is to provide a [...]

Minko + Oculus + Leap = Everyman as Tony Stark

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 08:30 AM PDT

Aerys debuts its 3D world editor and supporting 3D engine, and showing off applications in both engineering and game development. Thousands of engineers and game developers overheated when the first Iron Man movie debuted in 2008. It wasn't about the action scenes or the characters; it was about the holographic design technology, an interface to [...]

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Increasing Importance of Requirements for Industrial Equipment Companies

The Increasing Importance of Requirements for Industrial Equipment Companies

The Increasing Importance of Requirements for Industrial Equipment Companies

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 05:03 AM PDT

A happy customer is a loyal customer

We always say that "customer is king" and with the current economic crisis, this statement has never been so true.
In highly competitive markets like the Industrial Equipment industry, in which customers do not renew their material every week, it becomes critical to gain and maintain customer loyalty to create a long term relationship.

Will a product that is deemed "good" for one customer be good for all of them?
Of course not – and this is where requirements come into play. Each customer is different, depending on the market they serve,, the country they come from, the strategy they follow.

Your role as a machine provider is to be able to satisfy all of them by identifying all of their requirements, but not only

In a perfect world, we would serve our customers in a way that their every wish would become reality. But business is business and at the end of the day, we all have requirements and standards we must meet.

You may have a design to service approach that will not enable you to sell the low cost machine your customer is asking for ; and you may not have the manufacturing capabilities to produce a specific part required by a customer.

On both sides, there are a lot of requirements. The key is to be strategic and find the best compromise that will work for both parties. If you are unable to deliver a specific part, perhaps one of your suppliers can make it for you, thus helping you stay aligned with your manufacturing cost requirement. Perhaps you can convince your customer, who is looking for inexpensive equipment that, machines designed for service will last longer, resulting in long-term cost savings.

When you think the hardest part of the job is done, it is only beginning!

Identifying requirements and making strategic choices to take all of them into account is a milestone, but you then need to make sure each requirement will actually been tracked to prevent risks of failure and “redo's”. Companies who effectively manage requirements identification and traceability perform better because they are able to save time and money during the conception and manufacturing phase. This helps to ensure customer loyalty and satisfied customers become the best ambassadors for new customers.

If you’re curious to know more about Product architecture and how to track requirements, watch our live webinar in partnership with Machine Design next Thursday July 24 2.00pm EST / 11.00 PT.

How to master your product architecture - Register for the webinar!

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Matterport brings 3D cloud to the masses soon

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 01:30 PM PDT

Cloud-based point cloud camera to shrink in size and price. As the Matterport Pro 3D camera gently spins, it captures the colors and contours of a space—and calculates dimensions and spatial relationships between objects. Unlike more expensive laser-based systems that require significant hours of work to create a single 3D model, Matterport claims their Matterport [...]

Geomerics to target movies with real-time rendering

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 12:23 PM PDT

The ARM subsidiary gets a £1 million grant from the UK government. Real-time graphics rendering will come to movies if Geomerics has its way. The UK-based company, acquired late last year by ARM, has been given a £1 million ($1.7 million) grant from the UK government to bring its video game graphics to the movie [...]

Hexagon acquires CAM consolidator Vero Software

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 09:21 AM PDT

The goal is to tie metrology more closely to machining and manufacturing planning. Swedish software conglomerate Hexagon AB has acquired Vero Software, a leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. In recent years Vero had acquired a number of CAM products, starting the consolidation of a highly fragmented market.  The purchase price was not announced. [...]

Monday, July 21, 2014

3DEXPERIENCE Partner Forum: Business Together in the Age of Experience

3DEXPERIENCE Partner Forum: Business Together in the Age of Experience

3DEXPERIENCE Partner Forum: Business Together in the Age of Experience

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 04:03 AM PDT

CEO Bernard Charlès on stage at 3DEXPERIENCE Partner Forum 2014

2014 was the first global edition of our 3DEXPERIENCE Partner Forum (held in Paris, July 9-10, 2014) gathering nearly 1000 partners (business, education, services and technology partners). See what attendees shared from the event with our tweets mash-up below. Want to make sure you never miss a Dassault Systèmes event happening near you? Download our 3DS Events App today:-)

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

[New post] SOLIDWORKS World 2015 is calling YOU.. Join the Wagon!!

Deepak Gupta posted: "  While we're still less then 7 months away months from SOLIDWORKS World 2015 in Phoenix , things are already starting to happen. Earlier this week DS SOLIDWORKS Corporation announced its Call for Presentations for SOLIDWO"

[New post] Keep Shooting Bugs – SolidWorks 2015 Beta

Deepak Gupta posted: " SolidWorks 2015 Beta testing is in full swing and 4th week is almost about to finish with SolidWorks users and VAR employees from all over the world are enjoying shooting the Beta bugs. Not only that, they are also competing with each other in v"

Friday, July 18, 2014

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The need for autonomous drone navigation

Posted: 18 Jul 2014 06:45 AM PDT

My Quanum Nova arrived from Hong Kong, yesterday. I'd just been tracking the parcel's progress when the doorbell rang and the postman handed it to me: he seemed surprised I didn't mind paying the additional SFr 47 customs fee (on...

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Siggraph teams up with indie game showcase The MIX

Posted: 17 Jul 2014 11:14 AM PDT

Successful indie game developers will be available to discuss cutting-edge graphics and gameplay technology. Siggraph 2014 has teamed up with Media Indie Exchange (The MIX) to bring the first-ever Siggraph indie game showcase to its Exhibition, August 12-14, at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. As part of this special collaboration with The [...]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How Saint-Gobain Increases Efficiency With Lean Practices

How Saint-Gobain Increases Efficiency With Lean Practices

How Saint-Gobain Increases Efficiency With Lean Practices

Posted: 17 Jul 2014 05:00 AM PDT

McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute, and Dassault Systèmes teamed up to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction.

Below is an excerpt from that report on how digital configuration multi-product assemblies are increasing industry efficiency at Saint-Gobain.

Construction site

Increasing Industry Efficiency With Digital Configuration Multi-Product Assemblies

Since 1988, building product manufacturers in the European Union have been working to comply with the "Construction Products Directive" (CPD), a piece of landmark legislation that "aims to ensure the free movement of all construction products by introducing a common technical language" to describe and define product characteristics.

Those could include mechanical strength, fire resistance, heat retention, or any of a wide range of other properties critical to a product's installed performance.


Saint-Gobain is a building product manufacturer headquartered in France with a global presence in over 55 countries. They manufacture a broad range of products, including insulation, gypsum, exterior products, pipe and industrial mortars, as well as a number of prefabricated assemblies involving multiple products.

According to Laurent Ortas, head of new construction technologies, and Francois Pincemin, head of constructive solutions and prefabrication, the company has long been committed to supporting the CPD and is now leveraging that platform to support their leadership role in the emerging trend of highly efficient model-based design, fabrication and construction.

Standardization of Product Descriptions

Anticipating their customers' need for digital versions of Saint-Gobain products to function in model-based applications and workflows, the company has been working closely with the AIMCC, a French association of building product manufacturers, to create a European Standard Dictionary, available in French, German, Swedish and English that would be a consistent reference as they, and others, developed parametric models of building products.

AIMCC anticipates having a comprehensive European standard dictionary of product properties and an ongoing maintenance process in place by the end of 2014.

Using this dictionary, all building product manufacturers can harmonize their digital product offerings for greater interoperability, a key user-friendly goal of all organizations participating in digital design and construction.

Impact on Industry Efficiency

Saint-Gobain is advancing the practice further by allowing design and construction professionals to search for products based on the characteristics they need, as well as to virtually configure more complex assemblies from complementary product lines.

And to make their offering even more functional, Saint-Gobain is enabling the automatic creation by users of digital model versions of the selected products or configured assemblies. This avoids the need for manufacturers to invest in vast catalogs of pre-built digital models and have them waiting for users to find and download.

Instead, a model based on a customer's specific needs can be generated and delivered quickly, on-demand, from underlying product data that have been structured to comply with the standard dictionary.

Another common problem of prebuilt product models is that they often contain either too little or too much information for the user's need at hand.

Saint-Gobain addresses that by allowing users to control how simple or complex their on-demand model will be, depending on its intended use.

To ensure that as many users as possible can take advantage of this capability, Saint-Gobain is working in alignment with the many other international organizations that are all promoting IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) as an interoperable standard for model exchange between various software tools.

The reliance on standardized digital descriptions of product characteristics also helps Saint-Gobain to engage in more efficient manufacturing by allowing computer-controlled cutting and finishing equipment to work directly from the data. This reduces waste, improves efficiency, and provides assemblies that are faster to install onsite.

In fact, products and assemblies for an entire project can be manufactured in sync with construction production schedules to enable smaller "Just-In-Time" deliveries to the site, which can generate many benefits for time, labor, safety, and project control.


These efforts by Saint-Gobain are extremely encouraging because they demonstrate that enlightened manufacturers, along with contractors and industry organizations, are increasingly recognizing the contribution of standards, collaborations, and partnerships to achieve the benefits of Lean principles industry-wide, not just for individual practitioners.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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My first Autodesk 360 viewer sample

Posted: 16 Jul 2014 09:22 AM PDT

As mentioned last week, I've been having fun with Fusion 360 to prepare a model to be displayed in the new Autodesk 360 viewer. The sample is now ready to view, although I'm not yet quite ready to post the...

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Open Design Alliance to hold Developer Conference in Prague

Posted: 15 Jul 2014 10:19 AM PDT

The conference will be the first led by new president Neil Peterson, the long-time CTO. The Open Design Alliance (ODA) is rebooting its annual developers conference, with the first under the leadership of new president Neil Peterson taking place September 8-9, 2014 in Prague. The conference will be conducted by the ODA development team, and is [...]

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Live from #FIA14 (Farnborough International Airshow)

Live from #FIA14 (Farnborough International Airshow)

Live from #FIA14 (Farnborough International Airshow)

Posted: 15 Jul 2014 02:00 AM PDT

Farnborough International Airshow #FIA14

We’re at Farnborough International Airshow! And for the first time this year, we have our own Chalet at the show, including dedicated meeting spaces and a 3DEXPERIENCE Playground. If you’re attending the trade show and didn’t meet with us yet, there is still time to do so by requesting a meeting here.

Exclusive Q&A with Tony Velocci

Stay tuned with us (follow @3dsAerospace) as we’ll have later today an exclusive Q&A with A&D industry veteran and former AviationWeek Editor in Chief Tony Velocci. He will let us know the details about the recent AviationWeek’s A&D Top Performing Companies ranking, what he found was working well at the Top Performing Companies and what surprised him.

Till then, enjoy the pictures below we took during bright sunny Monday at the show:

Not in Farnbourough?

Not attending the show? We got you covered! Check out our dedicated live dashboard to follow the latest news, photos, and cool AvGeek analytics (like, which of Airbus or Boeing is the most mentioned): (powered by Netvibes).

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Updates to Memento and ReCap Studio

Posted: 15 Jul 2014 08:34 AM PDT

The Memento team has been beavering away, delivering a number of updates containing some really interesting features that I've so far neglected to mention. In the latest release (hosted on Autodesk Labs on the Autodesk Feedback Community), for instance, you...

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PC gaming market holds lead over consoles

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 11:49 AM PDT

Consoles can't keep up with high-end gaming PCs running 4K resolution at acceptable frame rates, says new report from Jon Peddie Research. New data from Jon Peddie Research says the PC gaming market continues to hold its long-time lead over console gaming, giving a lift to the otherwise declining PC market. JPR defines the PC [...]

CG movie secrets revealed at Siggraph production sessions

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 10:30 AM PDT

Experts from movies including X-Men: Days of Future Past and Gravity will show how the magic happens.   Teams from more than 15 major studio productions, including "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Gravity," "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will lead Production Sessions as part of the 2014 Siggraph Computer [...]