Dassault Systemes 3DExperience Lab extends into the US

The foyer of SolidWorks World 2017 in Los Angeles where the US expansion of 3DExperience Lab was announced - image courtesy of The Manufacturer
The foyer of SolidWorks World 2017 in Los Angeles where the US expansion of 3DExperience Lab was announced - image courtesy of The Manufacturer.

Dassault Systemes is set to extend its 3DExperience Lab open innovation company and startup accelerator to North America.

The French-based 3DExperience company and major player in 3D design software made the 3DExperience Lab announcement during the recent SolidWorks World 2017 event.

The extension of its technology into North America represents the next step in the 3DExperience Lab’s growing global presence to nurture entrepreneurial projects that have the potential to transform society.

The North American 3DExperience Lab will open in May 2017 at Dassault Systemes’ US headquarters in Boston.

The 3DExperience Lab will house a new digital fabrication space designed and set up in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms. This Fab Lab will provide innovators with a place where they can use state-of-the-art computer-controlled tools and processes to create product prototypes or refine their product ideas.

The new lab will also serve as a laboratory for future hardware-software interfaces as it integrates design and fabrication tools into end-to-end real-time systems.

The 3DExperience Lab was first launched in Europe in November 2015 as a way of shaping a new framework of open innovation to foster entrepreneurship and strengthen society’s future of creation.

It enables innovators to optimize and validate products and processes using the same virtual collaborative applications and expertise that have transformed how today’s products are designed, manufactured and supported.

The 3DExperience Lab has helped to create successful projects in multiple industries that advance a collective effort to harmonize product, nature and life, including large-scale additive construction using robots, 3D printing of personalized organs for simulation of surgery, open source drones having the capabilities of both a helicopter and an airplane, and upstream innovation by sketching in immersive reality.

Senior executive vice president, global field operations (Americas) Dassault Systemes, Bruno Latchague, said the expansion of the company’s 3DExperience Lab into North America would continue the tradition of entrepreneurs making an impact on society.

“North America has been a wellspring for some of the most impactful startup and entrepreneurial technological innovations of our time,” he said.

“By expanding the 3DExperience Lab to North America, we hope to continue this tradition of invention by offering entrepreneurs, makers and startups unique resources to work on disruptive innovations, leverage collective intelligence and create an impact on society.”