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Solidworks Space Station

SOLIDWORKS employees from all corners of the globe joined together

to push their design prowess to the limits and create something truly out of this world.

As COVID-19 took hold last year, employees of SOLIDWORKS, a 3D design software program, took on a project of global proportions: a worldwide, multi-disciplinary collaboration to design a digital space station, aptly named “The Grand Challenge.”

 

In only eight weeks time, over 500 SOLIDWORKS employees from all corners of the globe joined together to push their design prowess to the limits and create something truly out of this world.

 

When the digital model was completed, the space station measured nearly 1.5 miles long and 2,600 feet wide. That’s when the SOLIDWORKS team turned to Dimensional Innovations to bring the space station to life, in scaled form. That’s when we got to work.

330

# of foam parts sanded, filled, glued together, resanded and painted to create the six rings of cubes that make up the bulk of the station

2 RPM

How quickly the space station spins

 

Our response was to utilize numerous disciplines, including high-end 3D printing, metal working, CNC cutting, electronics, special paints and graphics to develop a 7-foot model from their intricate design details. The space station, composed of pods that integrate life support systems, recreational arenas, food support systems, waste processing plants, and more, slowly spins on an axis to give a functional, dynamic aspect to the model. 

Completed, the space station will be permanently housed and suspended in the Dassault Systèmes U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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Individual, 3D-printed parts using the SLA method

83"

Length of the scaled model of the space station

 

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Jeff leads DI’s Corporate, Retail, and Entertainment practices, collaborating with clients to ensure experiences deliver both maximum audience and business impact. For over 20 years he has led digital agencies, studios, and consulting... more about Jeff Mikes Jeff Mikes Jeff Mikes Practice Director - Corporate

Jeff leads DI’s Corporate, Retail, and Entertainment practices, collaborating with clients to ensure experiences deliver both maximum audience and business impact. For over 20 years he has led digital agencies, studios, and consulting firms with a focus on strategy, operations, emerging technologies, and experience design. 

 

Jeff has managed transformative engagements for a wide spectrum of clients - including Walmart, Nike, Bank of America, Mastercard, Microsoft, Royal Caribbean and Anthem. He believes in the power of experiences to define a modern brand through great storytelling and the blending of physical and digital environments.

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Michele Vance

Chief Client Officer

Michele has strived to create remarkable brand, client and employee experiences for more than 25 years. As a client-focused leader, Michele ensures interaction with DI from the go-to-market approach through subsequent project... more about Michele Vance Michele Vance Michele Vance Chief Client Officer

Michele has strived to create remarkable brand, client and employee experiences for more than 25 years. As a client-focused leader, Michele ensures interaction with DI from the go-to-market approach through subsequent project engagement adds value and exceeds expectations. 

 

Michele’s unique ability to ask the right questions and collaborate cross-functionally ensures that all stakeholder needs are considered from the very start of a project.  She blends her business acumen as a Fortune 1000 leader with her background as an editorial writer and news reporter to deliver compelling and measurable outcomes.  Michele understands the power of storytelling and the impact it adds throughout an experience.  She also knows the importance of delivering ROI and she can be counted on to ensure client projects are set up for success, right from the start.

 

Michele has led business development, marketing and client success teams in the retail, technology and services sectors.  Prior to joining DI, she was the president of a customer experience (CX) measurement provider.  She is a founding member of the Kansas City Revenue Collective, and serves on the Marketing Board of Directors within the KU School of Business.

 
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