One week on: DEVELOP3D LIVE was a huge success and there’s still more to come

Published 22 April 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, develop3d live, d3dlive, event, warwick

Seven days later we’re still feeling the effects of DEVELOP3D LIVE: if you came we are so very grateful that you were such informed, polite and knowledgeable people that made it the event it was - 8 hours of furious product design talks, incredible new technology displays and exciting prizes and giveaways.

For those of you that failed to make it or simply found out too late, we’ll have a nice synopsis in the May edition of the magazine (out worryingly soon), but don’t worry, it’ll be back again next year, and there’s more still to come in 2014 from the team.

The photos and videos from this year’s event will be online as soon as we can muster, but for the meantime as a brief farewell to the 2014 show, here are a few highlights that some of you might have missed out on:

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AMD offering 50% off FirePro W9100, W8000 and W7000 for one off company purchases

Published 17 April 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: gpu, amd firepro, opencl, graphic cards

Qualfying companies can get their hands on a single ultra high-end FirePro W9100 for the crazy price of £1,200

The AMD FirePro W9100 may have only been launched a week ago, but AMD is already offering an exceptional 50% discount on the ultra high-end GPU.

Companies can claim back up to £1,195 off their first card purchase thanks to AMD’s 50% off cash back offer which runs until June 30 2014.

AMD is also offering 50% off the AMD FirePro W8000 (up to £480) and AMD FirePro W7000 (up to £270).

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HP Z Turbo Drive: workstation-class PCIe SSDs go mainstream

Published 10 April 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: hp, cad, ssd, pci express 3.0, hp z workstation, sata 3.0, samsung ssd

The HP Z Turbo Drive herald the arrival of PCI Express SSD storage in mainstream workstations

HP is changing the face of mainstream workstation storage by offering a new PCI Express Solid Stage Drive (SSD) in its HP Z Workstations. The new HP Z Turbo Drive, which slots straight into the workstation motherboard, rather than a 2.5-inch drive bay, is designed to overcome the bandwidth limitations of the SATA 3.0 interface.

The Z Turbo Drive comes in 256GB or 512GB capacities and boasts around twice the sequential read / write performance of the best performing SATA 3.0 SSDs, which plateau around 500MB/sec – 540MB/sec.

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Pedal power to celebrate Tour de France coming to Yorkshire

Published 10 April 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: solidworks, bicycle, printing, tour de france, bicycle design

This summer sees the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire for the first time with cyclists starting in Leeds on 5 July 2014.

To commemorate the Yorkshire Grand Départ, local Sheffield lad Brian Trevaskiss hatched an idea for a bike design to be showcased at the Yorkshire Festival 2014 - a 100 day arts festival preceding the start of the race.

But his design was for no ordinary bicycle. Instead of using it to cycle around with he would be using it to print posters.

In order to bring his Pedal Powered Printing Press to life Trevaskiss roped in friends from local industrial design consultancy, Click.

“The project included design and bikes; two of our favourite things, so when we were asked to help turn this idea into reality, naturally we jumped at the chance,” says Magnus Edmondson of Click.

So, with funding from the Sheffield Culture Consortium secured they were off.

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Free UK trial to test out remote delivery of CAD applications

Published 08 April 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: virtualisation, remote graphics, citrix, nvidia grid, remote cad

If you’re a CAD user or developer and want to dip your toes into remote CAD on demand you may well be interested in a free trial being held by UK-based consultancy, OpenBoundaries.

OpenBoundaries uses Citrix and Nvidia GRID technologies and hopes to gain insight into how its remote delivery systems are sized, benchmarked and optimised

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AMD FirePro W9100 professional GPU: first look review

Published 07 April 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, amd firepro, opencl, cae, gpu compute, powerwall, ray tracing

With its brand new 16GB ultra high-end FirePro W9100 GPU AMD shows it is just as serious about compute as it is 3D graphics

AMD’s brand new ultra high-end GPU, the FirePro W9100, has to be one of the company’s worst kept secrets. Officially launched today, a whole load of information has trickled out over the last few weeks. AMD even held a pre-launch press event last month to try and steal some of Nvidia’s thunder in the middle of Nvidia’s annual GTC conference.

Now the whispering is over AMD certainly does have something to shout about. The FirePro W9100 heralds the next step in its professional GPU evolution. But this isn’t just a graphics card; it’s just as focused on accelerating compute tasks in simulation and ray trace rendering applications as it is on ultra high-end 3D.

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Female engineer pens an ‘ode to Engineering’

Published 04 April 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: education, career, female engineers

Nowadays, with the speed of email, it’s very rare to get a letter via ‘snail mail’ that isn’t a bill or a statement; even rarer still, to have your name and address handwritten on the envelope.

So, when a letter addressed to myself landed through D3D Tower’s letterbox I was more than a little curious. Inside was a rather charming ‘ode to engineering’ written by a female engineer, Amaya Muñoz of amx engineering in Carlisle.

The reason for the ode was not to showcase a possible change in career but to draw attention to how vital engineering is to all our lives and to get young people excited by engineering so that they may consider it as a career.

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