Dassault Systemes Grows; 3-D Software Market Explodes
TechFlash (01/20/12) Wilhelm, Steve
Dassault Systemes intends to enlarge its new outpost on Seattle's (WA, USA) Lake Union by 100 percent in the next three to five years as it expands its roster of clients for its design software. The tech company's local customer pool includes Amazon.com of Seattle, waterjet cutting tool maker Flow International of Kent, and REI. Amazon is collaborating with Dassault to provide Dassault's software services via Amazon's cloud computing service, as well as to support Amazon's systems, according to Dassault's Fabrice Roignot. Dassault's area of concentration is three-dimensional (3D) and product life-cycle management software, and its applications provide a 3D model of the complete product life-cycle for customers in retail, fashion, life sciences, and business services. Roignot says Dassault is currently broadening its suite of software packages to branch out from physical design into modeling how components will interact with one another, managing the assembly of these components, and simulating the behavior of the completed product in a simulated environment. "The intention for Dassault Systemes was to expand our footprint outside of aerospace, and this was one of the reason we opened our offices, was to have our own opportunity," he notes. Dassault is gradually transitioning its name to 3DS as a reflection of the firm's emphasis on 3D design.