Enabling entrepreneurs through the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab

For over four decades, Dassault Systèmes has forged a strong and vibrant ecosystem of commercial and software development partners, technology and education institutes, research bodies and systems integrators. Since 2015, we’ve also supported a wide ecosystem of startups through our 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, an open innovation hub focused on accelerating disruptive, sustainable innovation.


Companies and entrepreneurs were competing to bring ideas to market



Visionaries can innovate in a collaborative space with a shared mission to change the world

Supporting startups’ world-changing ideas

As Germany’s hotspot for tech startups, Munich was the perfect choice for our fourth 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, extending our reach to even more entrepreneurs striving to improve society.

Fabien Bartel likes to describe himself, jokingly, as a barista. As director of Dassault Systèmes's newest 3DEXPERIENCE Lab in Munich, he says discussions with visitors around the espresso machine are often the most enriching part of his job. Launched in September, the Munich lab fosters what he calls a "community of innovation" involving dialogue with promising entrepreneurs. "Developing new ideas, exploring new ways of working, this is what I want to have here. We are building our reputation as innovators and thought leaders," Bartel said.

Our location in Munich is our fourth 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, joining facilities in Paris, Boston and Pune. All locations have the mission to support disruptive innovation with positive impact on the world and to bring smart ideas to life. What makes our Munich site unique is that its co-located with our 3DEXCITE brand that's focused on marketing and communications. This encourages inspiring conversations about how to apply new 3D approaches to share nascent ideas with the world.

Located within the city's vivid and growing innovation ecosystem, Munich was selected for its significant potential to help develop the workforce of the future from the city's huge talent pool - particularly in high-tech. Its highly developed startup industry and infrastructure also made it an obvious choice. The Lab is not only for startups but for the broader innovation eco-system of the region to explore new ways of working.

Since its inception in 2015, our 3DEXPERIENCE Lab program has supported hundreds of innovators to develop ideas that have a sustainable and positive impact on the world. Interested startups go through a rigorous application process that concludes with a pitch to Dassault Systèmes executives. Once accepted into the multi-year program, participants have access to large open workspaces that feature a FabLab equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters and other tools. We encourage any of our employees to devote up to 10% of their time to mentoring program participants - and also use the FabLab to explore personal projects!

The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab shows the power of collective intelligence, open innovation and cloud platforms in enabling disruptive innovations that align with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

Frédéric Vacher > Dassault Systèmes
Frédéric Vacher
Head of Innovation, 3DEXPERIENCE Lab

Here is a sampling of projects supported by our 3DEXPERIENCE Labs around the world

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Ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal in about half of cases. So when physicians identify an unruptured aneurysm it's critical to treat it quickly. French-American digital health company Biomodex joined the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab to help develop 3D-printed anatomical twins of patients' aneurysms. Biomodex can produce a physical model of individual patients' brains in just five days, which allows a doctor to rehearse the specific procedure before treatment.

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There are just 28,000 guide dogs for the 40 million blind individuals in the world. The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab is helping .lumen develop a solution that mimics the benefits of a guide dog while eliminating drawbacks that make animals a non-scalable option. Using autonomous driving and robotics technologies scaled down to a wearable product, .lumen glasses help a visually impaired user locate and navigate towards objects and live a more independent life.

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Futura Gaia

Futura Gaia uses living soil (geophony) to produce fruits, vegetables or flowers, 365 days per year in a fully controlled environment without using any pesticides, and with severely reduced water consumption. The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab is helping the project team use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to build the diverse set of technical and management skills required to move from concept to pilot farm to a successful corporation.

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