Company NewsMay 28, 2019

Experiencing Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance in 3D

500 years ago this month, the great artist-scientist Leonardo da Vinci passed…
Avatar Alyssa Ross

500 years ago this month, the great artist-scientist Leonardo da Vinci passed away.  One of the most remarkable facets of da Vinci was his ability to make a connection between multiple disciplines – combining Science with Art, Humanities and Technologies.

To honor his legacy, the Clos Lucé Castle in Amboise, France held a series of events called “Effervesciences.”  Among the many exhibits were virtual and interactive animations previously unpublished around the work of da Vinci, created through the Open Codex project sponsored by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Lab.

Open Codex was created in 2012 to digitally reconstruct da Vinci’s ideas in 3D. da Vinci is credited as the father of inventions as modern as the plane, the helicopter, the submarine and the automobile. His ideas were either crafted from wood or done in extremely detailed sketches.  Though the resulting products were not often functional, his genius was clear. The goal of the project was to complement the intelligence and vision of da Vinci with modern software and hardware tools in order to see da his visions come to virtual life. Using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for design and engineering, members have been able to recreate da Vinci’s sketches and turn ideas into 3DEXPERIENCES.

Passionate designers around the world engaged socially to achieve the goal. You can read about some of their successes here.

At the exhibit at Clos Lucé Castle, a dozen of da Vinci’s inventions from aeronautics, military engineering, marine engineering and civil engineering are on display. Modeled in 3D and manipulable in 360° thanks to a digital tactile table, attendees can live an interactive and immersive experience to better understand the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.

Using a virtual reality helmet, visitors are transported to the castle’s park to interact with da Vinci’s flying machines. The experience is highly immersive; it even provides a natural sound experience with the singing of birds. The “ornithopter” for example, illustrates da Vinci’s enthusiasm about the human flight; its design is clearly inspired by winged animals like bats that da Vinci hoped to reproduce.

Additionally, visitors can access the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to discover, in real time, articles, photos, videos from international publications featured across the internet about da Vinci’s work.

To find out more about the exhibit, visit

You can also visit our Open Codex community.

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