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Dassault Systèmes aims to tap more of Asean potential

French software giant wants to spread the '3D experience' as much as possible. VICTORIA HO reports

Published Sun, May 18, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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AS AN aerospace engineer in the 1970s, Philippe Forestier often had to work with wooden prototypes of planes on his drafting board. The simulation process was a long-drawn-out event, barely resembling what engineers can do today in a split second, thanks to 3D technology, says the executive VP of global affairs and communities with French 3D software giant Dassault Systèmes. As one of the founding members of Dassault Systèmes, Mr Forestier has had the privilege of a front-row seat over the past three decades of 3D software's evolution.

Dassault Systèmes was a subsidiary of the Dassault Group spun out in 1981 to develop the company's computer-aided design (CAD) software called CATIA. Short for computer-aided three-dimensional interactive application, CATIA st…

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