FARO launches ultra-portable Focus3D X 30 3D scanner

Published 24 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d scanning, faro

Primarily for architectural uses, the Faro Focus3D X 30 has some engineering applications

With a scanning range of up to 30 meters, the latest scanner from FARO, the Focus3D X 30, is aimed at a variety of short-range scanning applications such as as-built documentation, building information modelling (BIM), and engineering.

The ultra-portable Focus3D X 30 looks to offer fast, straightforward and accurate measurements, giving customers a choice between the short-range Focus3D X 30 (30 meters), the mid-range Focus3D X 130 (130 meters) or the long-range Focus3D X 330 (330 meters) laser scanner.

“Usability and high return on investment are at the core of FARO’s Focus3D X 30 product,” noted Joe Arezone, senior VP and MD of FARO Europe and Asia Pacific.

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Digital vase wins wood award

Published 23 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cam, furniture, wood, benchmark, 5-axis machining

The award winning digitally carved Ves-el vases

British furniture makers, craftsmen, and all-round wizards with wood, Benchmark, has won an award for its sculptural creation, the Ves-el, designed by Gareth Neal in collaboration with Zaha Hadid.

Interested in the idiosyncrasies of traditional processes and how these could be simulated through digital imitation, Neal chose to play with the form of a carafe or water carrier and turn it into something more sculptural using computer modelling software and a 5 axis CNC machine as an extension of the craftsman’s hands.

The making was a challenge: having to adapt and upgrade the CNC equipment, with the design required extensive programming by Benchmark’s in-house CNC expert and craftsman, Colin White.

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Fujitsu Celsius J550 looks to take 3D performance lead in Small Form Factor (SFF) workstations

Published 19 November 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, workstation, amd firepro, fujitsu, fujitsu celsius, sff

Fujitsu has unveiled its first ever Small Form Factor (SFF) workstation, the Fujitsu Celsius J550. Unlike similar-class machines from Dell, HP and Lenovo, Fujitsu’s slimline workstation can host a full height graphics card, up to the mid-range Nvidia Quadro K2200 (4GB) or AMD FirePro W5100 (4GB).

This is big news for 3D CAD users as they can now have access to levels of 3D performance that were previously only available in mini tower desktop workstations, such as the Fujitsu Celsius W550, also released this month.

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SPECwpc releases new workstation benchmark

Published 18 November 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: workstation, cpu, creo, ssd, benchmark

SPECwpc 2.0, a major new release of the multi discipline workstation benchmark, includes a number of new features designed to help better test CPU and Solid State Drive (SSD) performance.

For CPUs, the test features improved scalability measurement for workstations with large numbers of processing cores as well as the ability to request a specific number of threads or processes for multi-threaded workloads.

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HP launches HP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro - a high-performance PCIe SSD

Published 14 November 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, hp, ssd, storage, nvme, pcie

HP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro

HP has launched a high-performance Solid State Drive (SSD) PCIe x 16 add-in board that can be used with its HP Z440, Z640 and Z840 workstations.

The HP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro boasts read speeds of up to 9.0GB/s, 16x faster than standard SATA-based SSDs.

Such high-end storage is likely to bring most benefit to I/O bottlenecked workflows where large datasets are prevalent, such as in point cloud processing, engineering simulation and video editing.

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D3D x LDN #2 - evening event for designers

Published 12 November 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: london, digits 2 widgets, digits2widgets, d3dx

We’re bringing our own particular style of networking to London for another evening event on 10 December.

There’ll be amazing stories from top designers and new technologies, with the chance to learn about some amazing 3D printing projects courtesy of our hosts Digits2Widgets, and there will be ample free beverages available from local brewers.

D3DxLDN is an informal, post work get together, bringing an event to London’s creative hub specifically for professional product designers, engineers, hardware start-ups, and all variety of tech geeks - we can’t wait to tell you more about our second event, so stay tuned.

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HP launches powerful, slender ZBook Studio mobile workstation + updates entire ZBook family

Published 12 November 2015

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Article tagged with: cpu, nvidia quadro, ssd, mobile workstation, zbook, 4k

HP is going head to head with the Dell Precision 5510 and Apple MacBook Pro with its brand HP ZBook Studio mobile workstation, unveiled today in New York.

The compact 15-inch machine is being pitched as the world’s first quad core Ultrabook. It is all about cramming high performance workstation-class components into a slender chassis. In terms of performance it sits between the HP ZBook 15U and HP ZBook 15.

At 18mm thick and weighing 2kg (4.4lbs) it has the accolade of being the most svelte of all HP ZBooks, even thinner than the ZBook 15U, which was HP’s original 15-inch Ultrabook workstation. A sleek 150W Power Adapter, which is 37% smaller and 50% lighter than the previous generation, also helps cut down on bulk when travelling.

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