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MCAD Tech News (#288)

12 Aug, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff


New Z Corporation 3D Printers Start at $14,900

Monochrome ZPrinter 150 and multicolor ZPrinter 250 offer speed and ease of use at an entry-level price.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

Z Corporation is rounding out its line of 3D printers with two new commercial-class, entry-level models: the ZPrinter 150 ($14,900, monochrome) and the ZPrinter 250 ($24,900, multicolor). The new models are smaller in scale and physical footprint but offer features commonly associated with higher-end models, such as speed, ease of use, and the industry's lowest operating (per-model) cost, Z Corporation reports. The ZPrinter 150 and ZPrinter 250 are available now through the company's worldwide reseller network.

The new ZPrinters also print five to ten times faster than other 3D printing technologies, according to Z Corporation, and can print multiple, stacked models simultaneously. They incorporate automation features first offered in the mid-range ZPrinter 450, including automatic set-up, automatic powder loading, and self-monitoring of materials and print status. They are clean, quiet, and free of hazardous waste.

ZPrinter 150 and 250 specifications include:

  • 300 x 450 dpi resolution
  • minimum feature size of 0.016" (0.4 mm)
  • vertical build speed of 0.8" (20 mm) per hour
  • build size of 9.3" x 7.3" x 5" (236 mm x 185 mm x 127 mm).

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is Cadalyst's editor in chief.

     

Avatech Tricks Tutorial: Using Design Review with Autodesk Inventor Files

A paperless review process enables designers and reviewers to electronically measure, mark up, and track changes to 2D and 3D designs.

By Kevin Keene

If your company is currently using a paper system for design review and has been considering using an electronic review process, you're not alone. More and more companies are considering the move to a paperless review system.

Products such as Autodesk's free viewer, Design Review, allow companies like yours to have engineering and non-engineering personnel, as well as outside customers, participate in that new paperless review process. Autodesk Design Review enables users to review, measure, mark up, and track changes to 2D and 3D designs.

The Autodesk Design Review Workflow

The following represents a typical workflow between a designer using Inventor and a reviewer using Autodesk Design Review. Read more »

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Kevin Keene is a mechanical applications engineer for Avatech Solutions.

       

Cadalyst Labs Review: NVIDIA Quadro 5000

New 'ultrahigh-end' graphics card is so fast that it should pay for itself quickly.

By Ron LaFon

Based on NVIDIA's new Fermi architecture and part of the new group of professional graphics cards that the company classifies as "ultrahigh-end," the Quadro 5000 graphics card introduced today succeeds the company's speedy and deservedly popular Quadro FX 4800. In addition to dropping the "FX" designation, the Quadro 5000 differs from its predecessor in a number of ways.

The NVIDIA Quadro 5000 is a double-width graphics card. Measuring 4.376" wide x 9.75" long, it requires a single PCI Express 2.0 x 16 slot but occupies the space of two slots. It has one dual-link DVI-I connector, two DisplayPort connectors, and a single stereo connector. Maximum power consumption is 152 W. I have heard of heating problems associated with the Fermi architecture cards, but none were evident during the course of my tests, indicating that the active thermal solution for the Quadro 5000 is effective.

The NVIDIA Quadro 5000 is among the first of the Quadro line that is based on the company's new Fermi architecture. It boasts 2.5 GB of onboard GDDR5 memory. Read more »

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Ron LaFon is a principal at 3Bear Productions in Atlanta and a contributing editor for Cadalyst.

       

Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

 

Solid Edge Productivity Summit Tour
July 27–September 10, 2010
Various cities
At this complimentary one-day event, Solid Edge users will join Solid Edge development executives and regional application engineers from both Siemens PLM Software and local solution partners to learn, network, and share design processes. Read more »

GPU Technology Conference (GTC 2010)
September 20-23, 2010
San Jose, California
NVIDIA's second GPU Technology Conference will include technical sessions, interactive tutorials, technology previews, and industry and academic presentations. The final agenda comprises more than 240 sessions of technical content targeted for researchers, developers, and technologists. Read more »

PLM Road Map 2010
September 28-29, 2010
Plymouth, Michigan
PLM Road Map is a strategic conference focusing on the transformation of the enterprise infrastructure to serve a new value proposition involving the detailed reconciliation of data and processes across global product development functions. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Cadalyst.com. Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to news@cadalyst.com.

       

What’s New at Cadalyst.com

 

Cadalyst Updates Benchmark Test for AutoCAD 2011
The latest version of the Cadalyst Benchmark Test, C2011 v5.3b, is available for free download at www.cadalyst.com/benchmark. Developed by Art Liddle, a former editor of Cadalyst magazine, the Cadalyst benchmark is designed to test and compare the performance of systems running AutoCAD. The latest version includes minor adjustments to ensure proper operation with AutoCAD 2011, but can be used with versions dating back to 2000. The test supports full, basic AutoCAD only. Full details are contained in the ReadMe file included with the download.

Cloud-Based CAD, Part 3
CAD can find a home in the cloud — under certain circumstances. What scenarios favor this technology over conventional software? Read more »

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Stopping Viruses Spread through Social Networking
Educate your users to help prevent infection from image-sharing applications. Read more »

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Keeping VBA Alive in AutoCAD
Autodesk is ending its support for VBA soon. But what if you haven't migrated to .NET yet? Read more »


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