October 25, 2010
Spotlight on HP – Desktop and Mobile Workstations
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I ran a SolidWorks 2010 Premium on the 8740w and it performed both basic design tasks and tasks involving an assembly with over 10,000 component parts quite impressively. Beyond CPU usage, the large assembly was also a good test for the resolution and performance of the DreamColor display, and it passed with no problem.
Below are the configuration and pricing details of the HP EliteBook 8740w review unit.
The configuration of the Elitebook 8740w that I reviewed priced out at $3,036. Prices start at $1,999.
For the past few years, several notebook computers have been touted as “desktop replacements.” The HP Elitebook 8740w is a positve example of this trend, and represents this evolving class very well. This mobile workstation is not perfect, but stands out as a well-designed, quality offering in this class of machine and could easily find a home in the MCAD community.
HP Elitebook 8740w
Pros: Outstanding DreamColor display; good industrial design; solid build and feel.
Cons: Mobile, but big; noisy cooling fan when system under stress.
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The Week’s Top 5
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Solid Edge ST3 Delivers Dramatic New Ways to Produce Better Designs Faster
Siemens PLM Software announced Solid Edge software ST3 (Solid Edge ST3). According to the company, with this latest release, Solid Edge delivers new functionality – enabled by synchronous technology – that accelerates product design, streamlines revisions, and makes importing and reusing third-party CAD data easier. The new release also includes a variety of enhancements related to simulation, design data management, and more than a thousand customer-driven improvements. Siemens PLM Software has extended the availability of synchronous technology by making it pervasive throughout the product. In addition to support for part modeling and sheet metal design delivered in earlier versions, synchronous-based models can now be used directly with all assembly applications – such as piping, frames, wiring, and assembly features. Also delivered is a first-ever synchronous-based part-to-part associativity that lets users establish and alter design intent before, during or after the assembly design process. Solid Edge ST3 also provides a capability to work with both synchronous and non-synchronous (ordered) features in the same integrated design environment. Users can leverage synchronous features for accelerated design and flexible edits while adding ordered features for designing process-type parts, such as cast or machined parts. Ordered features in existing models
can be selectively moved to the synchronous environment, providing designers with maximum flexibility and ease of use. As more companies move from other 3D systems to Solid Edge to take advantage of synchronous technology, the new capability to merge 2D drawings with existing 3D models further expands opportunities for productivity. Manufacturing dimensions on 2D drawings can now be automatically transferred to the corresponding imported 3D model. The resulting “as-manufactured” 3D dimensions can be immediately edited, modifying the imported 3D model using synchronous technology
Autodesk Brings AutoCAD Back to the Mac
Autodesk announced that AutoCAD for Mac is now available for purchase. Autodesk is making a free 30-day trial of AutoCAD for Mac available for download and will offer free educational licenses to students and educators. AutoCAD for Mac has an intuitive interface that will feel familiar to Mac users and takes full advantage of Mac OS X, including graphical browsing of design files with Cover Flow and use of Multi-Touch gestures for pan and zoom on Mac notebooks, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. With native creation and editing of files in the DWG file format, AutoCAD for Mac also supports easy collaboration with suppliers, customers, clients and partners regardless of platform. AutoCAD
for Mac is also integrated with AutoCAD WS, so users can also upload and manage designs in their online workspace directly from the desktop and easily edit and share those designs through a web browser or Apple iOS devices using the free AutoCAD WS mobile application.
TRUMPF Selects SpaceClaim as the 3D Direct Modeling Solution for Its Customers
SpaceClaim announced that TRUMPF, a global manufacturer, has chosen SpaceClaim Engineer to provide 3D Direct Modeling solutions for its customers. TRUMPF is one of the world's largest producers of sheet metal fabricating equipment and a world market leader in lasers used for industrial production technology. The TRUMPF Group has 57 subsidiaries in more than 26 countries with almost 8,000 employees. The TRUMPF Group is a world leader in sheet metal fabrication machinery and industrial lasers with a broad line of machine and power tools for applications that leverage the affordability and flexibility of sheet metal. SpaceClaim recently announced the sixth release of its software,
SpaceClaim 2010. The Company has broadened the use of 3D as a business tool for engineers engaged in new business development and early concept development. Throughout the supply chain, manufacturers are improving how they do business by leveraging SpaceClaim in bid modeling, concept modeling, CAE model preparation and rapid prototyping for manufacturing.
Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up In 2010
August U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $246.42 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 5.7% from July but up 88.0% when compared with the total of $131.06 million reported for August 2009. With a year-to-date total of $1,697.27 million, 2010 is up 62.4% compared with 2009. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTC program. The United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) report, jointly
compiled by the two trade associations representing the production and distribution of manufacturing technology, provides regional and national U.S. consumption data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology consumption provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.
Autodesk Expands SketchBook Product Line
Autodesk announced a series of key updates that provide a new look and feel to the Autodesk SketchBook product line, spanning both the desktop and apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Autodesk SketchBook Pro 2011 software offers a best-in-class digital sketching experience. A new user interface and easy-to-use toolbar provide more intuitive access to key SketchBook Pro tools, together with enhanced brushes that enable users to more easily switch between drawing modes for lines, rectangles, circles, along with more extensive customization. Users can better express and fine-tune their creations. For example, Autodesk SketchBook Pro 2011 makes it easier to adjust color and contrast, apply layer blends for easier color or effects experimentation, interactively crop images or type in text annotations and descriptions. Autodesk SketchBook Designer 2011 illustration software joins the SketchBook product line. Formerly known as Autodesk Alias Sketch, Autodesk SketchBook Designer provides professional designers and artists from all industries with a unique hybrid of paint and vector workflows for more precise design illustration and graphic communication. SketchBook Designer combines the same fluid freehand drawing capabilities of SketchBook Pro with powerful editing capabilities using mouse or pen interactions. Designers enjoy greater creative freedom to dynamically manipulate and transform any combination of paint, vector geometry and fills. What’s more, Autodesk SketchBook Designer for AutoCAD is an add-in that integrates sketching and image manipulation capabilities into AutoCAD.
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