Virtual Twin

Going beyond the digital twin.


The next-generation of digital twins

In the digital age, computers have replaced the pencil and paper, 3D modeling has replaced 2D diagrams, and simulation software has superseded repeat physical experiments. Despite the prevalence of these digital formats, we still mostly work in a disconnected manner – with the virtual world distinct and separate from the real world.

Digital twins – computer-based models of physical systems – represent the shape of physical objects in 3D. Gartner defines a digital twin as a ‘digital representation of a real-world entity or system’, which comes in the form of a ‘software object or model that mirrors a unique physical object, process, organization, person or other abstraction.’

The virtual twin experience

Thanks to virtual twin experiences, sustainable business innovation can take places across the full product lifecycle.

A virtual twin experience starts with a 3D model that represents the shape, dimensions and properties of a physical product or system. Simulations are run on that model to explore how the product will behave when assembled, operated or subjected to a range of events. The number of tests are limited only by imagination. They help optimize and validate the design, materials and production processes – and because this is all done virtually, there process is sustainable. Decisions are captured and linked in the twin, providing traceability across the lifecycle of the physical product or process.

As the physical product goes through its lifecycle, so too does the virtual twin. New sources of data are added, such as operational data from sensors, measurements of performance and maintenance records. The virtual twin retains that information, combined with the original requirements, design decisions and simulation results, thus becoming its own lifecycle, the twin of the ‘as-made’ and ‘as-used’ product.

In this way, the virtual twin is both the digital replica of the product itself and of its history and evolution.


Benefits of the virtual twin experience

This convergence of the virtual and real worlds and the continuous cycle of information between the two achieve a closed loop allowing the following benefits:


Improve efficiency and productivity

Improve the speed of critical processes by up to 30%


Design better products

Feed product usage data back into the design process.


Improve quality

Run unlimited tests to reduce product errors.


Improve business resilience

Better understand exposure to risk and run umlimited planning scenarios.


Create new business models

Explore more options and increase collaboration.


Enable sustainable innovation

In silico development reduces waste and energy consumption.

Meet your Virtual Twin at the CES

Virtual twins have helped advance the nonorganic world for years. Their power is now being extended into the organic world to improve the human body and other forms of life.

This year, at the CES 2021 exhibitions, Dassault Systèmes reveal the virtual twin experience of the human body and shows how The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is offering a space where modeling, simulation, information intelligence and collaboration are integrated to advance and transform understanding of human life.

Industry, researchers, physicians and even patients can visualize, test, understand and predict what cannot be seen – from the way drugs affect a disease to surgical outcomes – before a patient is treated.

Virtual Twins in practice

Discover the power and potential of virtual twin experience

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The virtual Twin of Manufacturing to bring learnings and experiences from the real world

Reduce the distance between the real and virtual worlds to zero by leveraging all digital assets throughout the lifecycle of your processes and operations.

Real life data combined with data-driven and model-based solutions powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform enable stakeholders to simulate and evaluate impacts before manufacturing products and services or deploying processes.



The virtual twin of human to help people live healthier lives

What if we could holistically navigate all parts of the human body using virtual twins?

The combination of virtual technologies, analytics and artificial intelligence is a powerful tool when seeking to visualize the molecular structure of a virus or to achieve innovation in clinical trials.

The patient-centric healthcare model requires a better understanding of the human body’s complexity, from DNA to cells, tissue, organs and the organism as a whole.

In addition, surgery is entering the era of digital simulation.

The virtual twin of humans is becoming a reality to help prepare for procedures and design the medical devices that a patient needs – make in order to prevent illness, provide care, target treatments and repair damage where necessary.

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The virtual twin of infrastructure & cities helps close the gap between design and production

Learning experiences from processes and operations help organizations understand how things behave in the real world and improve virtual simulation effectiveness for everything from engineering and construction to operations in hazardous locations such as nuclear power plants or mines.


Designing disruption to accelerate Sustainability

Virtual twins eliminate the need for physical prototypes.

They provide safe testing environments for radically disruptive green and circular innovation.

By modeling entire value chains, virtual twins can improve the sustainability of products and services across the lifecycle, cradle to cradle: from designing for reuse to minimizing material use during manufacturing to estimating carbon emissions to modeling reverse logistics for circular economy systems.

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Dassault Systèmes & the 3DEXPERIENCE platform

Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE® platform is the catalyst for uniting artists, scientists and makers in a dynamic process of renewable innovation. By collecting and displaying knowledge from dozens of disciplines via virtual twin experiences – scientifically accurate simulations of objects and the world in which they will exist – the platform provides a space for collaboration. For the first time, virtual twin experiences enable us to conceptualise and fully understand our creations’ renewal potential.