French 3D design software firm Dassault Systèmes and UMass Lowell, a public research institution located in Massachusetts, US, have partnered to open a digital learning centre to give engineering students experience in designing and creating products for the experience economy.
The new 3DEXPERIENCE Center will give students access to Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and its design and collaboration applications, including the company’s SOLIDWORKS CAD software.
Students at the centre will learn how to design products using augmented reality, virtual reality environments and how to incorporate new technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) into their product designs.
“Technology is fuelling a new generation of customers that demand web-connected, customisable, sustainably-produced products, and the product designers of tomorrow will need the knowledge and skills to deliver on these expectations,” said Dean Marsh, managing director, North America, Dassault Systèmes. “We’re thrilled that the students of UMass Lowell will get real-world experience with the tools and technologies that will shape the industries of tomorrow and put them in the best position to hit the ground running on day one of their careers.”
This new facility expands upon Dassault Systèmes’ existing relationship with UMass Lowell, which currently includes membership in the Printed Electronics Research Centre and support for the school’s Senior Capstone Project.
“For more than 120 years, UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering has educated students for careers in key industries through excellence in academics and research, and an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning,” said Joseph Hartman, dean of engineering at UMass Lowell. “Incorporating new technologies like 3D design, digital simulation and 3D printing into our curriculum is essential for preparing our students for careers in the 21st century. As a major educator of New England’s future business leaders, this partnership with Dassault Systèmes will help us attract the best and brightest and prepare them for success after graduation while also accelerating our efforts to meet critical workforce needs.”
The new 3DEXPERIENCE Center is predicted to open in 2019.
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