Posts by Greg Corke

HP’s PageWide XL printers to print colour documents up to 60% faster than monochrome LED printers

Published 09 April 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: 3d printing, hp, printing, page wide

It’s not often we get excited about large format printing but HP’s new PageWide XL printers, which can print up 30 A1 colour prints per minute, look to be something rather special.

The new family of machines are the first CAD-focused printers to be based on HP’s PageWide Technology, an inkjet technology that prints from a scalable printhead across the entire page in a single pass.

Traditionally, inkjet printers have moved a smaller head back and forth across the page, so with the new technology one can appreciate just how it can deliver throughput ranging from 8 to 30 A1 documents per minute. Check out the video above to see this in action.

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The HP OMEN Pro mobile workstation: HP’s brand new Dell Precision M3800 killer?

Published 09 April 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd, hp, quadro, cpu, mobile workstation

Not content with having four mobile workstations in its already packed portfolio, HP has now launched a fifth - the HP OMEN Pro Mobile Workstation, which looks set to go head to head with the Dell Precision M3800.

Based on the gaming laptop that came before it, the 15-inch HP OMEN Pro doesn’t look like your typical HP mobile workstation.

With sharp angles, a chassis CNC machined out of premium lightweight aluminium, the bold slimline design (19.9mm at the rear, 15.5 mm at the front) bears little resemblance to the HP ZBooks we know and love. But, despite its gaming origins, it will still offer certifications for leading CAD applications.

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MainFrame2 becomes Frame and allows engineers and designers to take CAD apps into the cloud

Published 02 April 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, solid edge, cad, cloud, 3d, frame, cad on the cloud

Autodesk Inventor running in a web browser on the Frame cloud platform

At DEVELOP3D LIVE last week, Mainframe2 changed its name to Frame and unveiled the public BETA of its new end-user product that allows engineers and designers to put their CAD applications in the cloud and access them through a web browser on any device.

Frame says its cloud platform is fully compatible with any existing Windows software and can connect to any PDM or cloud storage. Even the most demanding graphics tasks run smoothly from the cloud super-computer powered by NVIDIA GRID graphics, it claims.

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Samsung introduces compact M.2 and mSATA 850 EVO SSDs

Published 01 April 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: ssd, samsung, mobile workstation, msata, m.2, sata

Samsung has taken its 2.5-inch 850 EVO Solid State Drive (SSD) and shrunk it down for both mSATA and M.2 form factors. The miniaturised drives, which can store up to 500GB (M.2) or 1TB (mSATA), can be housed in some mobile workstations (see later) and ultrathin PCs.

Both drives feature Samsung’s 3D V-NAND technology, which stacks cells on top of each other to deliver higher density and better performance with a smaller footprint.

Key features include Samsung’s TurboWrite technology, which caches writes to a high-speed buffer before writing data to the core NAND flash memory, and AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption to keep data secure.

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Nvidia delivers statement of intent for GPU rendering

Published 19 March 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: catia, rendering, nx, cad, quadro, revit, ray tracing, iray, maxwell, kepler

Nvidia says automotive manufacturers will be early adopters

Nvidia is getting serious about interactive, physically-based rendering, which it delivers through its GPU-accelerated rendering software Iray.

The big news coming out of Nvidia’s GTC conference today is that Iray will be made available for much wider range of 3D tools.

Rhino, Cinema 4D, Revit, Siemens NX, 3ds Max and Maya will all support Iray or Iray+ (developed by LightWork Design) this year through plug-ins or direct integration.

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Dell unveils first virtual workstation appliance certified for CAD

Published 18 March 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: nvidia quadro, dell precision, nvidia grid, vdi, virtual desktop infrastructure, virtual workstation

Dell is looking to take the pain out of workstation virtualisation with the new Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse, which it introduced today at Nvidia’s GTC event in San Jose.

It claims firms can get up and running in just five minutes, once powered on, and only limited virtualisation experience is required.

The appliance features all the software and hardware needed to deploy a CAD-focused virtual workstation solution.

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Workstation Specialists unveils Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 render node

Published 27 February 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: workstation specialists, xeon, ray tracing, render node, render, design viz

Derby-based Workstation Specialists has updated its RS-R render node, a scalable, dedicated rack mounted rendering system.

The 1U machine can now be powered by up to two Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 series processors with ten, twelve or fourteen cores.

It can host up to 512GB of ECC memory per system and can be configured from 2 to over 200 render nodes to suit rendering projects and studios of any size.

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