Innovation in Education: 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and Yıldız Technical University

Imagine if engineering students could share information about their projects and collaborate with their professors and each other.  Imagine if student teams use project planning and product life cycle management tools to understand skills required by future employers.  Imagine if faculty and students, with innovative ideas, can build prototypes in an incubator space and become a start-up.

3DEXPERIENCE Platform Changing How Educators Teach and Students Learn

You do not have to imagine. Yıldız Technical University (YTU), Istanbul, Turkey is implementing 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS with tools to collaborate, manage and design.  The Mechatronics Engineering Department curriculum combines mechanical, electrical-electronic, control, and computer software.  Students participate in industrial life with teamwork experiences.  Dassault Systemes’ 3DEXPERIENCE cloud-based technology platform is changing how educators teach and students learn.

Introducing ilker Uludag, CEO Tekyaz

Our value added reseller, ilker Uludag, CEO of Tekyaz, returned to his alum, YTU, to give us a tour of this innovative institution.  Years ago, YTU was one of the first universities in Turkey to switch from 2D CAD to 3D SOLIDWORKS.  Now everyone at the university, startups, incubation centers, students and  student teams can work together.

Introducing  Haydar Livatyalı Mechatronics Department Head

The educational process all begins in the cloud, where Haydar Livatyalı, Head of YTU Mechatronics Department, introduces project planning apps to teams of students.   These task-oriented apps provide a work environment that lets students know deadlines, process, and division of the workload to complete a project on-time.

There are browser-based CAD design tools like SOLIDWORKS xDesign (prismatic) and xShape (organic).

We Can Access Our Work Wherever We Want

YTU Student, Gülşah Kutlu says “Thanks to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we can store our work in a cloud environment, and in this way, we can access our work wherever we want, on any platform.”

Research Assistant Manages 150 Students In 35 User Group

Research Assistant, Berkan Gürkan – YTU Mechatronics,  also plays a vital role as the coordinator of the capstone design project. The platform is used to help him manage 150 students in 35 user groups.  Solid models created in SOLIDWORKS and cloud CAD apps are easy to share with advisors and research assistance that provide critical feedback to students during the course.

Easily Move Forward

Batuhan Can Madenci, YTU Student agrees that ” the 3DEXPERIENCE platform makes it easy for us to plan, and we can easily move forward with our project management application.”

Managing Students, Lecturers and Entrepreneurs Prototypes

Perhaps one of the most innovative stops on the campus tour is a visit with Gökhan Aybastı – YTU Prototype Workshop Manager.  Here, hundreds of projects are managed for students, lecturers, and entrepreneurs.

Gökhan goes on to say “Speaking the same language, experiencing the same processes, being able to access the processes we have done on any platform, especially at the planning stage, and being able to make any intervention we want at any stage, with devices such as tablets, computers, laptops, have been one of the most important aspects for us.”

Is the 3DEXPERIENCE platform the new “universal language” in engineering education?  YTU is showing how to innovate on it’s campus and beyond.  You don’t have to imagine.

Thank you ilker, Mustafa Cantürk, and the Tekyaz team for sharing with educators, students and the SOLIDWORKS community.  Marie.


Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard