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Science Fiction and Myths Turned Into Reality at Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE World
February 14, 2024 News


Written by: Bailey Martin, Tech Journalist, AOPG.

Disruptive Tech News continues its coverage from Dallas as Dassault Systèmes’ annual event commemorates its 25th anniversary for the SolidWorks and 3DEXPERIENCE Works community, delving into the technologies, trends, and strategies shaping the future of product design and manufacturing.

Throughout the 3DEXPERIENCE World convention thus far, it’s been noted just how vast the possibilities of design are with Dassault’s solutions and software. From workflow structures to virtual twins of physical products, there seemed to be no limit to what Dassault could facilitate for design and simulation. Anything from virtually twinning and testing vehicles, properties, entire factory plants, or even city planning on new landscapes—all can have virtual models created and tested in a simulation. This solution also extends to designing abstract processes such as workflows, allowing for design purposes across various domains.

But what about designs or creations driven purely by wonder and human endeavour, such as those inspired by science fiction and entertainment? Dassault celebrates this too, with several groups’ projects having utilised Dassault’s software to design, test, realise, and then create functional renditions of movie memorabilia such as droids and lightsabers!

HackSmith Industries was one such group that used Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform solutions to design such things. They turned heads at the convention with an enormous functioning Power Loader suit from the movie Aliens. This mechanised vehicular suit was featured in the film as equipment used by characters to load heavy cargo onto site locations and then improbably used to battle the Xenomorph Aliens. And it was right there in plain view for all to see (and climb into) at the convention! Footage of this monstrosity shows the inventors using it to effortlessly lift and then destroy a car.

HackSmith has established itself as a prominent YouTube influencer channel with 14.5 million subscribers, where they have used SolidWorks solutions to design and make fictional items such as fully functional lightsabers. Other groups had projects that followed the same principles of designing and creating things for the sake of discovering the capabilities of creative minds with Dassault’s resources. This included funded college teams designing model rockets and racing vehicles. Groups such as Two-Bit Circus designed arcade games with VR twists to them.

To conclude, at this year’s 3DEXPERIENCE World, Dassault has done a spectacular job in showcasing SolidWorks’ capabilities, while the partners and groups present at the conference underscore that the boundaries of design and MODSIM only cease where your creativity ends.