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June 16th, 2015 by Tom Salomone
CAD designers understand the importance of having a workstation capable of meeting the demands of their resource-intensive applications. Yet many designers have been reluctant to invest in mobile technology in addition to their desktop machines. As powerful as mobile technology has become, it has historically struggled to match the performance and reliability of a high-powered desktop workstation, leaving designers looking to take their demanding CAD applications into the field with difficult choices.
But that’s changing.
In recent years, mobile workstations have gained ground in their ability to serve as complementary solutions. Here are a few reasons why you may want to rethink investing in a mobile workstation.
January 30th, 2015 by Tom Salomone
Just like your recurring six-month dental check-up is critical to ensuring your oral health or your 6,000-mile oil change is key to keeping your engine running smoothly, upgrading your workstation is crucial to the health of your business. Yet in your experience using CAD applications, have you ever thought about why you need to upgrade your workstation, and if there is a real timetable you should follow? If so, here are four things to consider:
September 15th, 2014 by Harish Surendranath
Early product failures and product recalls are very costly. They result in loss of revenue, litigation, and brand devaluation among others. Hardware recalls are often costlier than software recalls as software patches can be easily downloaded and installed once flaws come to light. But recalls and early product failures tend to happen over and over again. Why? Because engineering teams are constantly under the gun to improve product performance, reduce form factors, and reduce time to market, all while cutting costs. In order to mitigate risk engineers need to develop a deeper understanding of the product behavior under real operating conditions and quickly evaluate design trade-offs based on overall system behavior.
The Dell Precision M2800 Mobile Workstation is Available to Help Inspire Innovation for Design Professionals and Students
May 1st, 2014 by Andy Rhodes
The evolution of digital content creation has unleashed the productivity of engineers, designers, creative professionals and students everywhere, but it has also set corresponding expectations incredibly high for that productivity as well, making it crucial for those individuals to use the proper tools to help their visions to come to life. Professional and aspiring engineers and designers cannot do their job these days without specialized applications for 3D modeling, digital content creation, and computer aided engineering and design such as Adobe Creative Cloud and AutoCAD. The problem is, for some, they’re being forced to run these applications on notebooks or desktops that don’t have enough power to generate the performance they need because they can’t afford a traditional workstation.
If small businesses or individuals can’t afford the tools larger organizations normally can to run the demanding applications they need to do their job, these same students and design professionals are often forced to work around the clock to complete these projects within their stated deadlines while staying competitive. Making these kinds of compromises not only has the potential to negatively affect the quality of work these customers are able to produce, but it can also negatively and unnecessarily affect their quality of life as well. Enabling organizations with the right tool can help them complete their project within their stated deadlines while staying competitive. Read the rest of The Dell Precision M2800 Mobile Workstation is Available to Help Inspire Innovation for Design Professionals and Students
April 7th, 2014 by Karina Barrentine
Israel Wygnanski‘s active flow control systems may well be pushing the aircraft industry to the brink of the next major shift in design.
Wygnanski has been developing, testing and perfecting active flow control technology for 40 years. For the last four years, he has worked with Emilio Graff, director of the Lucas Wind Tunnel at the California Institute of Technology, creating active flow control technology that promises to usher in smaller, lighter, quieter, more efficient airplanes. Active flow control refers to the manipulation of a flow field – through the addition of energy – to improve the performance of a solid body moving in a fluid, such as an airplane moving through the air. Read the rest of A Tail of Innovation
March 25th, 2014 by Hunter Cordeiro
One big difference between a seasoned SolidWorks user and an entry-level CAD nerd is that the former can get in and out of sketches a lot faster (in fact, that is pretty much the hardest part of the CSWA test). Whether you realize it or not, as you get more and more time sketching you “learn” how hard you can push the sketcher without having it blow up in your face. The seasoned SolidWorks user employs a highly valued tip-toe act where they carefully sketch things at approximately the proper size and then choose wisely what dimensions are going to get placed first. Otherwise this …