Dassault Adds Innovation Lab to North America
Kyle Maxey posted on February 22, 2017 |

In a major announcement at SOLIDWORKS World 2017, Dassault Systèmes has announced that its extending its 3DEXPERIENCE Lab open innovation laboratory and startup accelerator to North America. 

Beginning in May 2017, Dassault will open the doors of its Boston 3DEXPERIENCE Lab to entrepreneurs, students, makers, researchers and industrial innovation departments looking to innovate in a wide range of spaces, including city, life, Internet of Things and much more. To aid them in their quest for better products, Dassault will give all working parties access to the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform, technical expertise, mentoring and access to a worldwide ecosystem of experts. Projects initiated at the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab will be eligible for either a one- or two-year grant of time to accelerate the development of their ideas. 

“North America has been a wellspring for some of the most impactful startup and entrepreneurial technological innovations of our time,” said Bruno Latchague, a senior executive vice president with Dassault Systèmes. “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.” 

Working in conjunction with MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab will be home to a state-of-the-art Fab Lab where computer-controlled tools and manufacturing technologies will be at investigators’ fingertips. 

Not to undersell the ambitions that Dassault has for the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, the company added in a press release, “This Fab Lab will also serve as a laboratory for future hardware-software interfaces. It will be integrating design and fabrication tools into end-to-end real-time systems.”

But who’s to say that ambition can’t be met. 

Since November 2015, Dassault has been in the innovation lab business, opening up its first 3DEXPERIENCE Lab in Europe. In the time that elapsed, entrepreneurs and designers working with Dassault have been able to build large-scale, robotic additive manufacturing systems, a system for 3D printing personalized organs that can be used in surgical prep, open-source drones and innovative virtual reality tools. 

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