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New Lenovo Workstation Built for High-End Performance on a Budget

by Lenovo on 3 Sep, 2013 in AutoCAD,CATIA,Creo,IT,NX,SolidWorks

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Lenovo announced two new entry-level workstations that should be of interest to our CAD users. The new ThinkStation E32 tower and small form factor (SFF) workstations will come pre-loaded with a 60-day free trial of Autodesk AutoCAD LT (English language only).

“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. “Having a trial of AutoCAD LT factory installed and ready to go for 60 days on the Lenovo ThinkStation E32 makes it easy for customers to start their AutoCAD LT evaluation, and gives them the powerful, responsive computing power they need to create complex designs quickly and effectively.”

The ThinkStation E32 is an entry-level workstation aimed for professionals working in computer-aided design, product development and architecture. Both models come with certifications from leading design software vendors including Autodesk, Adobe, Dassault Systémes, PTC, and Siemens. Read full article »

News & Notes – Recent Enhancements to Key CAD Software Products

by Aaron Goldberg on 20 Jun, 2013 in AutoCAD,CATIA,NX,SolidWorks

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One of the services that we hope to provide to you in this blog environment is to provide you the reader with news and information about key products that are focused on the CAD Professional. One of the most important areas of information is to list some of the key upgrades and feature enhancements that are coming within these products.

New Features in AutoCAD 2014

The newest version of AutoCAD is chock full of new features that bring even more functionality and utility to the product. There are more command line search options including synonyms to speed work. There are also a number of options for customizing search and auto-correct on the command line. There is also improved support for geographic mapping, in conjunction with AutoCAD 360. Arc drawing improvements have come in the form of supporting simple change of arc direction using the control key. This is just an overview of the new functions as there are a large number of other improvements provided in this version. Read full article »

Time to Stop Using Desktop PCs as CAD Workstations

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When I talk to CAD Professionals and get feedback on blogs like this, I’m a bit surprised how many individuals are stuck using business Desktop PCs as CAD workstations. In this day and age, when the cost of CAD workstations has come way down from the $10,000 price level of 20 years ago, this seems to be a case of “Penny wise, pound foolish”. The benefits of a real workstation are so compelling that it makes little sense, financial or otherwise, to try and dress up a desktop for serious CAD work.

The technology differences are compelling, but so too are other aspects of use. It’s worth exploring the issue to end this trend once and for all. Read full article »

CAD, CAM, and Increased Design to Manufacturing Integration

In many of the blogs I post here we discuss the need for improved speed to solution and project completion that is at the center of many trends in CAD. However, it doesn’t just stop at CAD, there is increasing levels of integration beyond CAD to CAM and even the actual manufacturing process. The news is not that this is happening, but the amazing level of integration that is actually being driven by the various software and machine suppliers.

From a tactical perspective for the CAD professional, this makes the ability of the workstation to run the latest version of CAD software ever more important, as new versions with increased integration are coming more frequently. This is driven by the key factors contributing to greater integration. Read full article »

Mobile Workstations Are Now an Essential Tool

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It has always been a bit surprising to me that the same productivity and need arguments that have driven the movement away from desktop PCs to mobile PCs has not impacted the workstation market in nearly the same way. As I posted a few weeks ago, the cost justification side is quite compelling. The “need” and the cost justification are not the inhibitors to the growth of mobile workstations.

One of the reasons that I believe has caused this delay in the take off for mobile workstations is the concern that the laptop form factor just doesn’t have enough performance to meet the demands of CAD professionals. This is an urban myth. Looking at the new generation of mobile workstations, the performance levels are clearly at a point where most work can be done on them, and they also have the flexibility to meet the unique demands of individual users. Read full article »