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How Dassault’s social environment helped Visteon build e-Bee

John Day

John Day

Posted Dec 28, 2012
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Visteon used Dassault Systèmes 3DSwYm cloud-based social application, which is part of Dassault’s  3DEXPERIENCE platform, during development of Visteon’s e-Bee concept vehicle.

The e-Bee represents Visteon’s vision of mobility in 2020. Among other characteristics, it allows a set of preferences for each user to be stored in the cloud and retrieved when the driver enters the car.

Visteon achieved efficiency gains in development and also reduced early prototype costs from using the 3DSwYm community environment. Visteon also used the 3DSwYm application to co-create with strategic customers and key supplier/partners.

Visteon’s e-Bee co-creation project involved people from around the globe, connecting joint venture partners and internal Visteon departments not typically involved in the innovation process. In most product development solutions, few personnel beyond engineers can share and view data in real-time. With Dassault Systèmes’ 3DSwYm application, ideas are now socially shared and informed decisions are made, keeping everyone in the loop without numerous change reports or electronic files.

“Transforming our current creation environment was one of the primary goals of the e-Bee project,” said Tim Yerdon, Visteon’s Global Director of Innovation and Design. “Visteon designers in multiple regions can now work as if they were all in the same room, speaking the same language of 3D. This enables them to visualize the design as it evolves, leading to more effective interactions and faster product development.”

The “experience and demonstrate” capabilities of a socially shared 3D environment helped make it possible for Visteon to show its first design in seconds instead of weeks. Additionally, Visteon was able to solicit real-time project feedback from customers, joint venture partners, and suppliers.

Dassault says it has more than 1000 3DSwYm communities on the cloud. The communities can be created quickly, as users don’t have to purchase and setup hardware or buy specialized applications to connect people and collaborate.

“Innovation always starts with an idea. The automotive ecosystem is replete with creative talents who need to share ideas, sometimes in unusual ways. Our social applications allow the gathering of ideas from everywhere,” said Monica Menghini, Dassault’s Executive Vice President, Industry and Marketing.

3DSwYm, Dassault Systèmes, 3DEXPERIENCE, e-Bee concept vehicle, Visteon

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