Dassault Systemes 3D Experience Forum 2013: “Taking the Cloud Back to the Enterprise, Not the Other Way Around.”
It’s an interesting exercise to study the evolving vocabulary at tech conference keynotes. About five or six years ago, speakers went out of their way to hail PLM. Today many prefer to keep PLM references to a minimum. Instead, they pepper their talks with “social,” “community,” “apps,” and “cloud.” It’s a reflection of tech consumers’ changing attitude. They want easily deployable, social media-inspired solutions with an always-on connection to the web and a cancel-anytime option. Continue reading
Call it an industrial detective story: The site is a floating oil rig, operating 40 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana. The incident is an explosion, leading to an oil spill that unleashed about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into Gulf of Mexico. (On Meet the Press, White House energy adviser Carol Browner called the incident “the biggest eco-disaster ever.”) The evidence collection involved raising the blowout preventer (BOP), along with recovered pieces of the drill pipe; transferring them to a holding facility; obtaining hydraulic fluid and metal samples; and laser-scanning the damaged blind-shear ram (BSR). The mystery: what happened? Continue reading
First, let’s deal with the elephant in the room. Even though the press folks assembled at Dassault Systemes‘ Waltham campus last week were officially there for a sneak peek of SolidWorks 2014, many were also hoping to get the scoop on Mechanical Conceptual, announced at SolidWorks World 2013 in January.
SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot decided to tackle it during his welcome speech, without waiting for someone to bring it up during the Q&A at the end of the day. “Today, we have ten customers in production [using Mechanical Conceptual],” he said. “We don’t call that Beta program. We call it Lighthouse program. And when I say ‘in production,’ I mean they’re designing real products using our solution. The goal is to have 30 [users] by the end of October. We’re on track to have 20 by the end of September.” Continue reading
Today, in a transaction of undisclosed amount, DS acquired the Germany software maker known for its optimization packages: TOSCA Fluid and TOSCA Structure. DS already has a robust collection of simulation products, marketed under the SIMULIA brand. By acquiring FE-DESIGN, DS is boosting its current simulation offerings with the optimization technology in FE-DESIGN’s TOSCA products. Continue reading
No longer considered mainly a utilitarian device, consumers are actively engaged in a love affair with their electronics gear, upping the ante for product development teams now tasked with creating seductive designs on top of the traditional engineering challenges.
Call that an opening for Dassault Systemes, which is aggressively trying to promote its wide and varied 3D design, digital mockup, and PLM tools under its 3DEXPERIENCE umbrella into integrated solutions for specific industries. The latest in Dassault’s string of such offerings is HT Body, a broad-reaching platform aimed at engineers and designers in the electronics manufacturing sector and with a specific focus on the enclosures and chassis that are the most obvious hallmark of such devices. Continue reading