Nowadays, while 3D printing in the automotive industry is progressively being adopted, new-age CAD design has acquired more importance, in response to the increasing demand of designers aware of the additive manufacturing design principles.

 The founding of the Alias software revolutionized the face of 3D Modeling and Animation as well as the engineering, design, gaming, entertainment, and film industries.

Created by Autodesk, this CAD software applies primarily to surface modelling. It provides tools for sketching, modelling, simulates the effects and reflection of light on surfaces surface design and visualisation for industrial, automobile and product design.

In 2021, Autodesk Alias was split into three distinct products:

  • Autodesk Alias AutoStudio (formerly Autodesk Alias Automotive)
  • Autodesk Alias Surface (formerly Autodesk Surface Studio)
  • Autodesk Alias Concept ( formerly Autodesk Design Studio)

Today, Alias involves a large list of customers including Timex, Reebok. Oakley, Kenner, BMW, GM, Honda, Volvo, Apple, GE, Motorola, Sony, Industrial Light and Magic, Broadway Video and The Moving Picture Company.

As a matter of fact, Johannes Bayer, who is a CA-Styling and Visualization manager at BMW Group Design said: "At BMW, Alias/Wavefront's AutoStudio software is being used for concept design projects, allowing for a maximum amount of flexibility during these processes."

It has been proven that the use of Alias/Wavefront design tools has trully expanded the design and visualization capabilities at BMW since successfully developing the new 3Series coupe with AutoStudio.

It testifies the fact that today, automotive software innovation enables vehicle architecture teams to create unique concept vehicles with confidence that the new designs meet all the required engineering necessities.


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Recently, during the 10th edition of France Digital Day, representing more than 1,800 French digital entrepreneurs and investors, the French tech sector announced its ambitious plans to stay atop the tech industry for years to come.

With €8.9bn raised in 2021 YTD (+78% vs 2020), the French Tech VC ecosystem has matured, and Bristol-based Tech focussed investment bank ICON Corporate Finance predicts France will play a major role in creating European Tech champions such as Sorare, Alan, Ledger, Mirakl, Back Market, amongst others.

Indeed, Sorare, declared they had earned $555 million - a record for French tech - by creating a digital card exchange game based on blockchain, whereas Mirakl, an online marketplace specialist had raised $473 million.

Today, the number of French Unicorns, defined as unlisted start-ups valued at least one billion Euros, doubled to 21 in 2021 YTD.

As a matter of fact, Minister Bruno le Maire told during a conference “We were a start-up nation; we are going to become a nation of large technology companies”. Indeed, the government indicated that by 2025 it aimed to have 25 “unicorns”.

Alan Bristow, CEO of ICON, commented that “Funding to European tech companies has reached record-breaking levels” making France now lies third in European tech rankings, behind the UK and Germany, boosted by government investment of $4bn, Brexit, and post-pandemic optimism among investors.


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En juin 2020, Accenture complétait son acquisition de Gekko, entreprise française leader des services Amazon Web Services (AWS),dans la continuité de sa stratégie « Cloud First »  

Gekko compte plus d’une centaine de professionnels formés aux technologies du cloud, de 100 certifications AWS et d’une relation forte avec AWS.

Accenture, avec ses 509 000 employés dans plus de 120 pays, est un des leaders mondiaux des services aux entreprises et administrations et s’appuie sur le plus grand réseau international de centres de technologie avancée et d’opérations intelligentes.

Cette acquisition a permis de renforcer la position de leader d’Accenture dans le domaine du Cloud et de l’IA, d’élargir la collaboration existante avec les fournisseurs clés du marché, au premier rang desquels l’écosystème de partenaires Amazon, Google et Microsoft et renforcer les services de migration vers le cloud pour soutenir les objectifs stratégiques d’Accenture AWS Business Group (AABG) en France, Belgique, Luxembourg et aux Pays-Bas.

Constamment à la recherche de nouveaux talents pour les rejoindre Gekko part of Accenture se concentre sur 4 domaines d'expertise : - Cloud Adoption : Design & architecture, migration, change management, hybridation / DirectConnect, formation. - Industrialisation DevOps : Infra-as-code / Patterns, Chaîne CI/CD,Forge, Build to Run. - CloudOps & FinOps : Run “Next Gen” (exploitation full automatisée), gouvernance financière et opérationnelle du Cloud, optimisation financière.

Source: Gekko – Part of Accenture                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Today, the company Framatome announced the completion of its purchase of Rolls Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control (I&C).  The deal which was first announced back in December 2020, will enlarges the industrial footprint of Framatome, and expands its global I&C systems development and deployment capabilities.

Framatome is an international leader in nuclear energy: the company is renowned for its reliability, its expertise and its performance in designs and installation of components, fuel, and instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants.

Rolls-Royce says the deal, for which it provides no financial details, contributes to the target it set last year of GBP2 billion in disposals. The I&C business had GBP74 million in revenue in 2020.

Through this transaction, more than 550 employees mainly located in France will be a part of the company. At the same time, Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear’s products and technologies such as Spinline, Rodline and Hardline will be incorporated into Framatome’s I&C portfolio.

However, none of the group's employees based in the United Kingdom will be impacted by this transaction. Indeed, it does not include the civil nuclear activities of Rolls-Royce in the United Kingdom, nor those concerning the small modular reactors (SMR- Small Modular Reactor) which will still contribute to locally supplying low-carbon electricity. 

Additionally, this purchase will allow new resources to the I&C in order to offer more reliable, low carbon nuclear energy production which is becoming a real issue nowadays.


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Almost every industry across the globe is still struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on 2020 sales and the MedTech sector was not spread at all: indeed, the impact was far from even, given the diverse range of MedTech companies, from those that make heart valves to artificial hips and knees to robotics to point of care testing.

Despite these difficulties, The Midwest’s Largest Annual Design and Manufacturing Event took place last week between the 2 and 3 November. It included the latest insights and solutions spanning medtech, packaging, automation, plastics, and design.

OmniVision Technologies Inc. demonstrated its OVMed OH0FA image sensor and OAH0428 bridge chip for endoscopes and catheters during MD&M Minneapolis. The company states this new image sensor presents the highest available resolution for ENT, cardiac, arthro, OB-GYN, and utero-renal endoscopes. The OAH0428 bridge chip, compatible with 720x720 resolution, offers analog-to-digital conversion and flexibility for a variety of analog and digital inputs and outputs. 

Ehsan Ayar, the medical product marketing manager at OmniVision, stated in a news release “ We have designed the OH0FA image sensor to offer the highest resolution at the best frame rate possible, with the flexibility to increase the frame rate at a lower resolution to cater to procedures with different requirements. Additionally, we have built in a high level of flexibility with the OAH0428 bridge chip.”

An other product presented during this event was “FlexSense” which is a wireless sensor technology. The company described this device as stretchable, compressible, and wearable, suiting it for applications in athletics, health, and wellness. They are made of a silicon-based material and conductive ink that can withstand use environments including heat, cold, and moisture.

Additionally, a new medical 3D printer the Core 5 Series Med XL – 385 created by B9Creations was shown during the event: The system is suitable for the design and production of medical devices, anatomical modelling, surgical tools, and more. Its particularity remains in the fact the company succeeded in realising a translucent companion resin called HD Clear. According to the company, the printed parts can be made fully transparent and appear glass-like.

Innovation today is the only solution for MedTech’s to navigate the sales environment through the pandemic.


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