Nvidia Quadro professional 3D graphics review extended with hands on testing of K4200 and K5200

Published 01 September 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, gpu, creo, graphics cards, nvidia quadro, gpu compute, nvidia kepler, nvidia grid, nvidia maxwell

The double height Nvidia Quadro K5200 nestled inside our Scan 3XS GW-HT10 test machine

Last month we put the Nvidia Quadro K2200 (4GB) through its paces, one of five new professional GPUs launched by Nvidia at Siggraph in August. But this was only the first part of the story and we’ve now emerged from our labs to share results for the high-end Quadro K4200 (4GB) and Quadro K5200 (8GB).

While performance of the Quadro K2200 in DS SolidWorks and PTC Creo was promising, if you render your model with real time visual effects such as RealView and Ambient Occlusion then the Quadro K4200 and K5200 should take things up to a whole new level. And, of course, these cards should be ideal for dedicated 3D viz apps like Showcase, 3ds Max, and Maya.

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Get mobile with the backpack that has designers in mind

Published 29 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, hardware, apparel, tech, travel, booq, boa, rucksack, backpack

Booq’s Boa Flow Graphite has all the storage a creative could need

Despite the internet making the world a smaller place, designers are still expected to spend an inordinate amount of time travelling around to visit clients, sites, or generally lugging kit about with them.

For this reason Booq has designed the Boa, a special backpack with the creative sector in mind.

A laptop compartment has been densely padded to fit up to a 17” mobile workstation, meanwhile there’s exterior pockets keep small valuables such as phones and cash concealed, while the side pockets will fit a water bottle and keep business cards or pens handy.

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Future of automotive crash testing speeds up Honda

Published 29 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, dassault systemes, visualisation, dassault systèmes, gpu, dassault systems, rtt, render, 3dxcite

3DXcite and Honda have collaborated to produce more realistic crash test simulation

We were intrigued to see Honda’s latest crash test software, Real Impact, making the pages of the LA Times this week, proposing a new level of realism in automotive testing.

Real Impact is the work of Dassault Systèmes 3DXcite working directly with Honda on its DeltaGen product to develop a software that can simulate a collision making it possible for engineers to isolate single components of the vehicle and view the impact this has.

FEA technology is already employed by automotive companies around the world - we took time to visit Ford’s German crash test site, where CAD FEA model testing measures up with physical tests.

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SolidProfessor now offering online 3ds Max training

Published 29 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, autodesk, 3ds max, 3dsmax, training, tutorial, solidprofessor

New online courses for 3ds Max are now available from the former SolidWorks-focused site SolidProfessor

An Autodesk 3ds Max professional course is now available from online training dons SolidProfessor, aiming to boost your visualisation output with the software.

With over 8 hours of video instruction, the course is set to cover the fundamentals of using 3ds Max to give the user the skills to create 2D and 3D assets, from standard primitives and textures, to rendering MassFX tools.

The online, video-based lessons cost $299 a year, or $29 per month for an individual, and are designed to let you to learn from certified instructors at your own pace, on your own time.

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Forget mobile Core i7, this mobile workstation from Eurocom sports a desktop 12-core Xeon processor

Published 29 August 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, simulation, hardware, xeon, mobile workstation, panther, eurocom

The Eurocom Panther 5: like no other mobile workstation we’ve seen before

Most mobile workstations peak at four CPU cores, but what if you want a mobile powerhouse for ray trace rendering or simulation but can’t quite fit your desktop workstation in your rucksack?

This is the idea behind the Eurocom Panther 5, a ‘mobile supercomputer’ that offers desktop Xeon processors instead of the mobile Core i7.

There’s a choice of 6, 8 or 12 core Intel Xeon E5 2600 V2 processors, 32 GB DDR3-1600 memory, four storage drives for up to 6TB in RAID 0/1/5/10, dual NVIDIA graphics (up to a Quadro K5x00M) to power its 17.3-inch FHD 1,920 x 1,080 display.

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Top 10 Engineers: Queen Elizabeth Prize steps up with a countdown of the best

Published 28 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, history, queen elizabeth prize for engineering, qeprize, qe prize, hero, top ten

The people have voted - who is the greatest engineer?

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is not simply a £1m pay cheque, but a gateway to the pantheon of history’s great thinkers and makers, so it’s fitting that they have surveyed who our favourite engineers are.

Last week it asked its twitter followers to tweet their #engineeringhero suggestions, with an amazing response, resulting in an overall top 20, with the details of the top 10 only just being announced.

Take a look and let us know what you think about the results - who would you have voted for?

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More partners lend support to £1m IoT launchpad competition

Published 28 August 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: competition, london, internet of things, iot, sme, cambridge

The Launchpad competition was first announced by David Cameron at the CEBIT conference earlier this year

Following the announcement of the £1m Internet of Things (IoT) Launchpad competition, start-ups and SMEs in London and Cambridge have been racing for £150K in funding.

Supported by the Technology Strategy Board and Cambridge Wireless, these have the deadline of 3 September, before judges decide which IoT projects to dish out funding to from the £1m pot.

Since the competition launch the IoT has become the tech buzzword of the moment - as we covered in our article What is IoT and what it means for designs and engineers - and now other companies are getting involved.

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