AEC Tech News (#332)

5 Sep, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff

Canon Keeps CAD in Mind with New Wide-Format Color Printers

Paperless documents may be decreasing the demand for printing hardware, but the diversified digital imaging solutions provider is still pursuing the CAD market.

By Cyrena Respini-Irwin

Yesterday Canon expanded its large-format printer family, adding the 44-inch iPF8400S and 24-inch iPF6400S to its imagePROGRAF S Series. The eight-color printers support the imagePROGRAF Direct Print & Share software, which allows users to print files without opening them and to share files via the cloud.

"We have a fairly robust lineup — 23 printers altogether," said Rich Reamer, director of product marketing. He explained that Canon offers twelve-color printers for graphic arts, eight-color models for production printing, and five-color units for technical documents and general use. With the decentralization going on in the CAD world, Reamer continued, many subcontrators are now working with inkjet printers. "[We are] really giving the ... CAD world a lot of flexibility ... and doing so at a low cost."

The iPF8400S and iPF6400S are geared toward print service providers and feature:

  • a built-in 250-GB hard drive
  • support for high-capacity ink tanks (300-mL ink tanks in the iPF6400S; 330-mL and 700-mL in the iPF8400S)
  • an upgraded multisensor color calibration system
  • Color Calibration Management Console (CCMC) software, which provides system-wide color management control from a single computer.
  • an optional spectrophotometer.

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Cyrena Respini-Irwin is Cadalyst's senior editor.

Lenovo Launches Workstation Tailored for AutoCAD LT

The compact, entry-level ThinkStation E32 is designed for 2D CAD users facing space and budget restrictions.

The ThinkStation E32 SFF, the more compact of the two designs, weighs 17.2 lbs and has a volume of 12.9 L.
The ThinkStation E32 SFF, the more compact of the two designs, weighs 17.2 lbs and has a volume of 12.9 L.

By Cadalyst Staff

On August 21, Lenovo announced the ThinkStation E32, an entry-level workstation available in tower and small form factor (SFF) versions. The ThinkStation E32 is marketed toward product design and AEC professionals working in 2D, as well as users in the medical-imaging, media and entertainment, and financial services industries.

Select configurations of the ThinkStation E32 come loaded with a 60-day trial of AutoCAD LT 2014. "The ThinkStation E32 is built for the design and engineering community and is an ideal workstation for running AutoCAD LT," said Sheila Parker Tolle, senior director of ecommerce and small business marketing at Autodesk.

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Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

Fall BIM Forum: Prefabrication and Modularization
October 8–9, 2013
Denver, Colorado
Participants in the Fall 2013 BIMForum will be examining the issues, advantages, and especially the challenges, of using building information modeling (BIM) for prefabricating building systems and constructing modular building sections. Read more »

AVEVA World Summit 2013
October 30–November 1, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Customers from across the world's process plant, power, and marine industries are invited to the AVEVA World Summit 2013, which is once again being held as a single global event. The Summit will feature a mix of speakers including customers presenting real-world case studies, AVEVA senior management, and industry partners. Read more »

Building Innovation 2014: The NIBS Second Annual Conference & Expo
January 6–10, 2014
Washington D.C.
This event from the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) will focus on advancing lifecycle performance. During the conference, the Institute will look back on its 40 years of leadership and advocacy and present an agenda that highlights its activities and programs for developing innovative solutions for the built environment. Read more »

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


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Solid Edge University 2013, Part 2:
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