In a recent workshop in Shanghai, China, Simpleware representatives worked with North Star Imaging (NSI), Dassault Systèmes and Stratasys to impart rare insight into entire image-based workflows – From image acquisition (NSI) to image processing (Simpleware) and then on to computer simulation or 3D printing (Dassault Systèmes and Stratasys respectively). Each company was given a generous timeslot for presentations and there was opportunity for Q&A and one-to-one discussions throughout the day. The 30+ attendees in Shanghai came from 18 institutions and included a healthy split of existing users and new interest from both commercial and academic backgrounds.
Through large scale collaborative workshops such as in Shanghai, we can cultivate beneficial relationships with other providers in the industry. The overlapping userbases and complimentary solutions offered bring mutual benefits for the companies and their customers.
Workshops also provide an opportunity for Simpleware users to share insight into their own workflows and experiences using our software. In Shanghai, a representative from the Sinopec Geophysical Research Institute presented Simpleware’s CT-based solution for analysis of complex porous sandstone samples, something they had struggled to achieve via traditional experimental techniques. They showed their workflow for processing the CT images and subsequent volume meshing of the complex multi-phase structures with Simpleware software, which gave them opportunity to run finite element simulations which captured the reality of the material. Knowledge share from these users, who have applied the software to find a solution to real practical problems, offer exceeding value for those in similar fields.