CAD Tech News (#1)

18 Sep, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff

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▶ Vectorworks 2015 Release Highlights Mobile Options

The first 64-bit version of the portfolio for AEC, landscape design, and entertainment design features a new mobile app and automatic sync of file changes to the cloud.

By Cadalyst Staff

Nemetschek Vectorworks began the global rollout the 2015 version of its building information modeling (BIM) software portfolio this week, which includes Vectorworks Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals, and Renderworks.

Ranging from Stability to Mobility

Vectorworks 2015 is the first 64-bit version of the entire product line; previously, the Renderworks rendering engine was the only 64-bit component available. The company expects the change to provide users with better performance and stability, as well as the capability to handle larger files.

"As more users begin to exchange building information models between disciplines, we're seeing these model sizes explode," said Chief Executive Officer Sean Flaherty during a press call this week. "That's why we brought 64-bit capabilities to our entire product line, making our platform more capable and reliable than ever before."

Enhanced VGM. The new release boasts more than 100 updates and new features, including improvements to the Vectorworks Graphics Module (VGM) introduced in the 2014 release. These include:

  • Faster wireframe rendering and planar graphics creation.
  • Smooth animations of model view changes.
  • The option to set 3D render mode and projection preferences.
  • Higher render quality and more efficient import of meshes.

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▶ HP's Revamped Z Workstation Family Targets Power-Hungry Professionals

The latest lineup of desktop and mobile models emphasizes horsepower for design simulation, engineering analysis, and other demanding tasks.

By Robert Green

Last week, Hewlett-Packard hosted a preview event for the new Z series workstations at the company's R&D facility in Fort Collins, Colorado. Journalists were shown the new line of desktop and mobile workstations as well as some new technology concepts, and toured the impressive facilities used to create those same workstations.

HP employees and customers presented feature descriptions and usage scenarios for a variety of high-demand environments, from entertainment to digital dentistry to analysis support. The theme for the event was summarized by Jim Zafarana, vice-president and general manager of Commercial Solutions, when he made the following statement during his keynote address: "Our unwavering commitment to professional customers, investments in technology, and HP engineering Z DNA are the secret sauce that have led to exceeding the needs of the world's most demanding customers."

It was clear that these new releases target high-end users with massive data sets that need heavy-duty workstation power. There was no talk about cutting prices, competing with tablet-type devices, or cloud-based usage scenarios. No, these are products for the most demanding workstation users, who are more concerned with specs and horsepower and getting the job done faster.

My impression is that HP has doubled down on the concept that decision makers in certain lines of work — including oil and gas exploration, design simulation, and engineering analysis — are willing to pay for the performance needed to keep their highly paid employees running efficiently, and the company is pushing aggressively to serve those markets. Read more »

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Cadalyst contributing editor Robert Green performs CAD programming and consulting throughout the United States and Canada.


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Reverse Engineering with RapidWorks
September 23, 2014
11 a.m. PT
The process of turning NextEngine mesh models into fully parametric solid models using RapidWorks 3.5 will be the subject of this webinar. Read more »

Introduction to ShipConstructor MarineDrafting
September 24, 2014
8 a.m. PT
SSI will introduce end-users to MarineDrafting software in a live 90-minute demonstration with experts available to answer questions. Read more »

Current and Future Trends in Industrial Machine Design, Part 2
September 30, 2014
2 p.m. ET will present this webinar, in which speakers from three U.S. industrial machinery manufacturers will outline the design challenges they have overcome, the keys to their successful designs, and the results that they have achieved. Read more »

Dallas BIMForum 2014
October 9–10, 2014
Dallas, Texas
With the theme of "Optimizing Construction with BIM," this BIMForum event will feature tracks including "Designing for Construction Optimization," "On the Job Site," and "BIM for Campus Construction." Read more »

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