Eco rockets, mobility electric chairs, 3D foot simulation, and more, are possible in a virtual lab that cuts down on development time, lowers carbon footprint, and saves on prototyping. This is the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab from Dassault Systemes. So far, the results have been very positive with less waste, less pollution, and a quicker development timeframe.
Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab Harnesses Virtual Reality Simulation For A Holistic Platform
When I first read about the Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, I was overwhelmed with what it offers. I was even more overwhelmed with the many projects it hosts. In a nutshell, the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab is a one-stop shop for startups and established OEMs for various industries, ranging from automotive or aviation to ice cream making.
Imagine a virtual lab where projects go from conceptualization to design, implementation, and virtual testing. The system takes into consideration recycling, spare parts management, and other ancillary matters. Although some incubators do that, none to my knowledge have such a holistic approach as the Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab. The real-life results are cuts in production time from 3 years to 3 months in some cases.
Some of the products and companies benefiting from the lab: An eco-rocket from Zero2Infinity. A gyro chair to help the paraplegic and others with mobility challenged, aptly name Gyrolift. A tidal power machine inspired by how fish swim, from EEL energy. A washing machine, L’Increvable, which in French means “never dies on you.” Those are some of the products the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab showed at CES this year.
Testing in virtual reality means taking into consideration early findings that normally show up late and then, unfortunately, get shipped off to customers, later needing upgraded.
From Eco-Rockets To Ice Cream Making, A Case For 3D Simulation With The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab
I spoke with Eric Seiberling, Senior Director, Industry Offer Marketing, at CES this year. He told me 70% of the costs of developing new platforms are driven from the conceptual and design phases. A virtual 3D lab cuts down on those eventual costs while also lowering the carbon footprint a company will have — great financial efficiency is often tied to greater energy efficiency.
According to Florence Verzelen, EVP, Industry Solutions, Marketing Global Affairs & Communications:
“By connecting designers, engineers, marketing managers and even consumers in a new social enterprise, the platform provides businesses and people with holistic 3D experiences to imagine sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing products, nature and life.
“The platform enables companies to digitize the entire value creation process to create differentiation consumer experiences. … Today, the consumer is king.”
Eric says manufacturing management is a nightmare for companies. The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab helps define how many spare parts need to be manufactured on site according to demand.
So far, various companies use the lab, from highly mature companies to young startups. Boeing has designed and built every plane for the past 30+ years using the company’s software, and announced it would use the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform for its second-century strategy. Ford, Jaguar, Honda, and even Tesla use it.
Speaking of eco-rockets, the Zero2Infinity project plans to send payloads into space for a fraction of the cost of using weather balloons. The affordable and sustainable approach uses recyclable balloons in sub-orbital space. As the balloon climbs, it spins in a predictive way. Once at the perfect altitude, the capsule is launched using its own power into orbit. The ground crew then brings back the weather balloon. The company is now testing this on barges off the coast of Spain.
The Gyrolift chair is an electric wheelchair that reclines and can be used by people who can walk but with limited mobility. Lambert Trenoras, CEO of Gyrolift, told me it was designed for people who cannot be mobile for long periods of time. It’s a Segway-like chair that reclines and tips forward.
According to Frédéric Vacher, Head of Innovation for the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, “With the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, we’re providing innovators with a space for them to design, test and create without constraints, and industrialize their products across industries. Startups with disruptive projects that impact the society positively can access an end to end solution and applications with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform coupled with Dassault Systèmes’ mentoring program, enabling the acceleration of product launches and startups’ success. Collaboration with our worldwide network of industrials and partners allows them to scale-up and internationalize.”
Further, Dassault’s Start-up Accelerator program acts as an incubator giving start-ups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain access to the 3D design and simulation tools otherwise out of reach for them.
The benefits to the consumer are better products, more sustainable products, and that they help visionaries bring their projects to life in a collaborative and supportive 3DEXPERIENCE Lab.
It would take too long to talk about the various projects the Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab has running, but it is clearly a promising platform that supports many good products, companies, and entrepreneurs.