AEC Tech News (#336)

15 Jan, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff

First Look Review: HP Designjet T120

Compact 24" printer is just the right size for small offices that are short on space.

By R.K. McSwain

Highly Recommended

HP's web-connected Designjet T120 is geared toward the entry-level market, from the single user to the small office, and is capable of producing D-size sheets. It is compact enough to sit on a desktop, but is available with a stand for a more conventional installation. The Designjet T120 produces very high-quality prints — but takes its time in doing so. Also, sound-sensitive users will want to look elsewhere, as the T120 can be quite noisy while printing.


Without the stand, the T120 measures roughly 39" wide x 12" tall x 21" deep; the optional stand and catch bin bring the height of the unit to about 36". The unit weighs less than 60 lbs, so a single person can move it easily.

The printer supports 2"-core roll media as wide as 24" and sheets as wide as 13". The roll media is easy to load, and the built-in sheet tray operates in a fashion similar to the bypass tray on your office printer or copier. Even though the roll media sits at the rear of the printer, the minimal depth of this unit means you do not have to move it away from the wall to change media.

The HP Designjet T120 supports roll media as well as sheets.
The HP Designjet T120 supports roll media as well as sheets.

Making changes to the printer settings and checking ink levels and connectivity status could not be much easier. The software behind the 4.3-inch" color touchscreen is intuitive, and the screen itself can be pivoted up from its flat position on top of the printer for easier viewing. As with all Designjet printers of recent years, the T120 has an embedded web server that lets user check the status of the printer and supplies as well as view and change printer settings. Read more »

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Cadalyst contributing editor R.K. McSwain is a designer and CAD systems administrator for Pate Engineers in Houston.

Autodesk University 2013, Part 3: Autodesk Shores Up BIM Offerings

Company highlights acquisitions, other efforts to bridge gaps in building and civil engineering workflows.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

Amar Hanspal
Amar Hanspal

Possibly the loudest buzz at Autodesk University 2013 in Las Vegas last month came from the manufacturing side of the business — specifically, the announcement of Autodesk CAM 360, the industry's first cloud-based solution for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). As big as that announcement was, it couldn't completely overshadow all the news and activity from the AEC side of the business. The company announced acquisitions and new products and highlighted on-going initiatives aimed at supporting the entire building project workflow, from concept design to ownership.

"BIM [building information modeling] is the center of all our AEC efforts," said Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice-president of Information Modeling and Platform Products, during a media luncheon at the annual user conference. The company's "technology roadmap" going forward will incorporate three transformations in AEC, Hanspal explained, including:

  • moving from a tool- and file-centric workflow to a project-centric workflow,
  • designing in context, and
  • connecting the digital to the physical.

He emphasized also that the company is focused on extending BIM to infrastructure applications. Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is the content director for Longitude Media, publisher of Cadalyst.

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2014
February 17–19, 2014
Denver, Colorado
This 14th annual technical conference and exhibition will focus on on airborne, terrestrial, and bathymetric LiDAR, with a particular emphasis on mobile mapping systems. Read more »

Spring 2014 BIMForum
April 23–24, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts
This spring, with the theme "Optimizing Design with BIM," the forum will return to design and engineering to showcase the best examples of collaboration, optimization, and sustainability. Read more »

May 26–27, 2014
Melbourne, Australia
The RTC Visualization Conference (ViSCON) is an adjunct to the Revit Technology Conference (RTC), dedicated to visualization technologies and methodologies. Attendees can discover new ways to market a business, learn how to employ computer graphics innovations for competitive advantage, and meet some of the world's best visual communicators. 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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