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May 2016: Journey to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Introducing the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab

Simulate the change you wish to see in the world

It is a shadowy evening in the year 1879. While most were relaxing by dim candlelight a devoted inventor, Thomas Edison, leapt for joy. After the trial and error of over 1,000 failed attempts he finally created a light bulb that wouldn’t blow up, or burn out within minutes. Through his commitment, Edison created positive change for society—increasing nighttime productivity, providing safer home and work environments, and paving the way for future inventions like radios, televisions, and ultimately smart phones.

Flash forward to the present. . .Dassault Systèmes has launched the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab to support those innovators who also wish to change the world, or simply just make it a better place to live. We embrace the social enterprise and draw upon our long history of engineering in the virtual world to empower those with new perspectives on innovation. The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab brings a new framework of openness, merging collective intelligence with a cross-collaborative approach to foster entrepreneurship and bring new experiences to life, as well as to strengthen society´s future of creation.

Dassault Systèmes recognizes that together we can face the countless challenges in our world ranging from unsustainable energy consumption to natural disasters to affordable healthcare. Entrepreneurs, makers and innovators everywhere are invited to apply for 3DEXPERIENCE Lab support under the six themes: City, Life, Lifestyle, Internet of Things, Ideation and Fablab. Our goal is to build a community of intelligent, creative and passionate people, focused on positively impacting society, through disruptive, groundbreaking projects.

As an integral part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, SIMULIA’s realistic simulation technology is already driving innovation. One example is a project called ‘Organ Twins.’ With an estimated annual number of deaths due to medical errors in the hundreds of thousands worldwide, a medical startup, Biomodex, is leveraging realistic simulation technology to modernize the way the medical profession gains knowledge and experience. Biomodex uses 3D printing to fabricate lifelike human organs that respond as a real organ would. They can be used by medical students and doctors to learn and practice surgical procedures before proceeding with a live operation. This project has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people around the globe!

Another visionary 3DEXPERIENCE Lab project is the Living Heart Project. This translational initiative unites leaders from cardiovascular research, education, industry, regulatory agencies, and practicing cardiologists on a shared mission to use 3DEXPERIENCE simulation technology to develop highly accurate personalized digital human heart models. The Living Heart Project moved from theory to reality after signing a five-year collaborative research agreement with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and launching the first commercial heart model in May 2015.

To learn more about the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab or to begin your groundbreaking, disruptive project with us today, visit

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller 20th century inventor & visionary