The View From Afar – 3DS in FL Viewed from NJ

Due to another unfortunate weather system making a guest appearance on the East Coast of the USA this week I was unable to successfully get into and out of Orlando for Dassault Systèmes, 3D Experience Forum. Which is a shame because it looks like the range of innovations shared that are using 3D visualization to drive their successful implementation would have been great to witness first-hand.

Already this morning Tesla has been sharing the “Oooo”-worthy falcon-wing doors of its new Model X cross over vehicle and how they neatly fit into the family garage, tested before production through the wonders of 3D visulaization. This continues Tesla’s run on transforming the auto industry by identifying and meeting a broad range of needs as well as producing beautiful vehicles, too.

The ability to model carries through to the customer experience. On the Tesla Motors website the vehicle configurator is powered by using Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA V6 renderings. This gives customers a much more realistic appreciation for the choices they make when the design (or create a wish list design) of their dream Tesla vehicle. The power of the 3D Experience doesn’t only improve design it creates a reaching customer engagement.

In a completely different direction, Christoph Erbelding, Structural Design – Senior FEA Analyst, for ORACLE TEAM USA, the USA team defending the America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013, shared the impact of Dassault Systèmes’ 3D visualization to render the whole catamaran rather than in pieces. By using this process Eberling estimated that they had cut their drafting time by 50%. Through their application of innovative 3D software applications boosted ORACLE TEAM USA’s collaboration throughout the development process, enabling designers to quickly and easily refine the design of the 72-foot racing yacht  to optimize and perfect its performance before it ever hit the water.

It wasn’t just the vessel itself that benefitted from the use of 3D modeling – it was the sailing experience itself. 3D models and simulation help the boat’s crew quickly and easily review designs in a realistic virtual environment, something that has increasingly become more realistic and valuable through Dassault Systèmes’ advances. This has allowed them to see if there are items that need to be moved or reworked, or if sight lines across the boat’s need to be adjusted. It even goes so far as to employ digital manikins to simulate how team members would interact while they manned the boat saving time that can be used to further refine the design so that by the time a physical boat hits the water many challenges have been eleminated.

Needless to say, the view from afar is exciting indeed and I’m looking forward to seeing how else 3D visualization is innovating the collaborative innovation experience.

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