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This month’s Design in the Age of Experience event at MiCo Congressi in Milan brought together 400 managers, designers and engineers. 3D Printing Industry were in attendance at the conference and expo organized by Dassault Systèmes, and had the opportunity to speak with the CEO and other executives of this leading global software company.
Dassault Systèmes was founded in 1981 to develop the CAD software initially worked on by parent company, Avions Marcel Dassault. When the first commercial CAD packages began to appear in the early eighties, typical system requirements were a 16-bit computer, with 512 kb memory and 200 Mb storage – the average price was $125,000.
Software - CATIA - SOLIDWORKS - Dassault - Systèmes
Now with software such as CATIA and SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes tools are used to design and produce 90% of all cars. Furthermore, every 2.5 seconds somewhere in the world an airplane designed using these tools takes off. At SOLIDWORKS World in 2010, Dassault were the first major company to discuss how cloud-based computing would change the way designers and engineers used software.
The Scilla concept car is a collaborative effort between the IED, Quattroruote and Pininfarina. Photo by Michael Petch.
History - Bernard - Charlès - Dassault - Systèmes
With this history, when Bernard Charlès, Dassault Systèmes’ Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer says software platforms connected to a 3D printing network are, “going to completely change the manufacturing world,” those looking for an insight into the future of engineering would be wise to listen.
The CEO says, that one problem in today’s manufacturing world is, “over capacity and overly rigid systems.” This means, “the economy is too rigid compared to the need for innovation.” One way Dassault is tackling these problems is with their Marketplace solution, which 3D Printing Industry previewed last year.
Marketplace - Ecosystem - Designers - Engineers - Production
The Marketplace is an, “industrial ecosystem of Designers, Engineers and Production planners with Additive Manufacturing Service providers” and is currently in an invite only...
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