At SolidWorks World 2012, Josh and Adam bagged an exclusive interview with the one and only Bernard Charles, CEO of a little French mom-and-pop known as Dassault Systèmes (that’s ‘Dassault Systems’ for you Anglophones). Bernard was kind enough to give us some titillatingly juicy details about things to come at Dassault.
Dassault Systemes sure isn’t afraid to launch a cool, new product… then hide in the back corner next to the prosthetic leg design for their cat. Thing is, it may not actually be ready for prime-time, even though it is part of the currently available CATIA V6R2012 release. CATIA Natural Sketch was announced at ECF2011, allowing 3D sketching, with your hand, directly on your 2D screen. Here’s a quick look at the screen-slanting joy of CATIA Natural Sketch and all the gritty details we were able to dig up.
The Rally Fighter by Local Motors. Image via SiemensPLM
Collaborative innovation is the name of the game and both Seimens PLM and Dassualt are knocking at the door of co-creating possibility. Except it’s less possibility and more actuality. This week both companies have revealed their plans to take collaboration to another a place where you can snuggle up with like-minded people via the warm glow of the web browser to develop ideas. Dassualt dished out their dreams at the Dassault Systemes Customer Conference (DSCC). Friday, Siemens PLM has their big announcement about a collaborative engineering effort with Local Motors, with whom they recently formed a Partnership for a “Revolutionary Crowdsourcing Design Approach.” Here’s how it all breaks down.
Three different versions of a free 2D CAD program made for three different operating systems, doesn’t exactly make a program 3D, but times are lean and we’ll take what we can get. If you’ve been gnawing the meaty bone of Windows or Mac OS hankering for the fatty goodness of open source drafting, you’r 2D line slappin’ dreams are coming true today.
Today, SolidWorks announce a new product to take your design collaboration dreams to the next level of web-based immersive interaction.
Post3D allows you and others located around the world to simultaneously view and interact with 3D content in an online setting. It’s not full on augmented reality, but it definitely hints at what’s to come. Here’s a look.
At the beginning of the year I predicted a move of 3D apps toward the cloud. Anyone could have guessed that though. SolidWorks showed-off the cross-platform possibilities and Autodesk put AutoCAD on the cloud. But, working with 3D geometry via the web hasn’t been seen… till this past week.
Deelip Menezes broke the news Tuesday morning from the Spatial European Forum. (Read Really Big News from Dassault and Spatial) It’s now possible for anyone to license the technology to put 3D design applications on the web. Dassault and Spatial are making it happen.
The news has massive implications for the CAx and design Industries. So, we followed up with Deelip to get his insight. We’ll also take a look at the first rendition of the app put out by Spatial and give it a spin. Oh, did I mention you can too?
You probably haven’t heard of them, but Exalead has been called the ‘French Google’ and are best know for their CloudView platform which can be integrated anywhere to search for anything. Yes, even your skull or perhaps a muffin, but their focus is primarily on enterprise infrastructure, web search markets and helping companies develop search-based applications (SBAs) for web-based information access. We asked a couple questions to the Dassault (DS) team involved in the process. Here’s their explanation and their plans to bring it into 3D product development.
I love the product development industry drama. It’s so RAW beneath it’s cordial, feature-rich exterior. Hard to imagine what would happen if you put all the execs together in a room full of garlic water balloons and large sticks… but not really.
In a user conference room away from each other, it’s a little tamer. But oh, the words. They are plentiful. In a playful, little, jabby type of way Jim Heppelmann, next CEO of PTC, made a few comments about their competition. It received some laughs and added just the right dose of drama.
I know you’ve been tearing your eyelids in restless horror just wondering to your wits end about the oddly, inconsistent capitalization and branding of the Dassault product line.
NO MORE, I SAY! Last week, at the Dassault Customer Conference, I forgot to ask about it, had a nightmare, wrecked in a downhill boxcar derby and haven’t been able to sleep since. So, I followed up with an email to Derek Lane, PR extraordinaire, to give us the low down on the acronomicon of the 5-headed Hydra that is Dassault PLM.
The similarities in commands and concept of each are obvious, but what’s even more incredible are the differences. Free is good, but 3DVia is doing it’s part to enhance the Social 3D sphere and remove the grasp Google has on it.