SHANGHAI – One way Dassault Systèmes is addressing the design doldrums in additive manufacturing is by offering up modeling of materials, as well as products, for firms working to 3D print products, Pascal Daloz, executive VP for brands and corporate development at the French software firm, said.
A report Smart Manufacturing published this week explores a unique time in the history of manufacturing in which build capacity has advanced beyond design capacity. That report quotes another Dassault executive, along with many other experts, on the nitty-gritty details of how to address the fact that the limits of current CAD and CAE tools and an outdated file format are holding manufacturers back.
When Dassault gathered several of its executives at press event Thursday at its Manufacturing in the Age of Experience event in Shanghai, Smart Manufacturing asked the executives about Dassault’s broader strategy to address the issue of design lag.
To design really innovative products, such as a prototype of a baby’s heart for a surgeon to practice on, Dassault four years ago acquired a company called Accelerys, turning it into a business unit called Biovia, Daloz said. It’s focused on the segment of the product life cycle management market focused on science-based topics.
“I think we did something unique,” he said. “Inside Biovia, we have material science capabilities. We have the unique environment to do modeling of the organic and inorganic materials, as well as the products.”
Now, in additive, you “need to do optimization at a different scale. You need to do the optimization at the micro (atomic), meso (parts) and macro (products) levels,” Daloz added in an interview.
Dassault stands out as being able to “modelize and simulate starting at the atomic level to the full product,” he asserted at the press event, adding that neither Autodesk nor PTC nor Siemens has this capability.
“So to a certain extent, we have anticipated this industry transformation,” which it saw coming in a surge in composites development a decade ago, he said.
Dassault adjusted first by dramatically changing its Catia 3D modeling software to be able to handle “a multiscale model in a unified environment,” Daloz added.
Firm trumpets digital creds
Dassault told the press today it is uniquely positioned “to demonstrate how digital technology is a main driver of France’s “Industry of the Future” and China’s “Made in China 2025” industrial innovation programs to reduce manufacturing costs, increase efficiencies and sustainability, inspire creativity and generate new business models.”
“Governments and companies around the world are recognizing the industrial and economic potential in launching manufacturing automation and optimization initiatives to revitalize industry by having … digital concepts at their core,” the firm said.
France and China have “placed a strong focus on the use of digital platforms to accelerate industrial change through an integrated, end-to-end collaboration between people, information and ideas,” it added.
“Beginning in 2012, the French government launched a wide range of reforms to help the country’s industry take advantage of the digital revolution,” Christophe Sirugue, French Minister of State for Industry, said in prepared remarks. “France’s industrial base has come together in the ‘Industry of the Future’ alliance, to which the government has allocated a nine billion euro budget. France’s industry is open towards the world, and China is the best place to shed new light on our innovations.”
Dassault is co-leader of France’s “Industry of the Future” alliance, and is also working closely with industry in China to digitally transform its manufacturing sector, currently the largest in the world, the firm said. The other co-leader is Fives.
For longer than 30 years, Dassault has developed technologies and solutions that “propel digital transformation in industries ranging from aerospace to life sciences and is participating in more than 50 global initiatives dedicated to advancing world-class production technologies and processes,” the firm said.
At the Manufacturing in the Age of Experience event – which consisted of presentations meant to reel in more business in China – Daloz noted that Dassault has 220,000 customers worldwide. China, he added, represents 6% of its business.