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HP Z2 Mini shakes up workstation market

HP Z2 Mini shakes up workstation market

Alex Herrera calls this newest small form factor workstation capable and ridiculously small.   Last quarter, HP unveiled the Z2 Mini, a workstation computer that takes the small form factor (SFF) trend to the extreme. Measuring just 2.3″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″, the Z2 Mini is dramatically smaller (an HP-disclosed 90% smaller) than a traditional […]

By March 21, 2017 Read More →
High-end CAD features have migrated to low-price CAD

High-end CAD features have migrated to low-price CAD

TurboCAD and BricsCAD are rewriting the notion that it takes a $5,000 CAD program to do specialized tasks.   By Ralph Grabowski Can we still call CAD “low-end” when it does sheet metal design and direct editing of 3D solids? Programs in the past have been considered low-end CAD when they cost a few hundred […]

By March 14, 2017 Read More →
Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Jerusalem-based Mobileye has emerged as a leader in computer vision for transportation; now it will be part of Intel. Intel and computer vision specialist Mobileye today announced Intel will acquire Mobileye in an all-cash offer for approximately $15.3 billion. An Intel subsidiary will make an offer for all outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye stock for […]

By March 13, 2017 Read More →
The magic of design on display at SolidWorks World 2017

The magic of design on display at SolidWorks World 2017

The maker of the most popular 3D mechanical design software believes design automation will move from “design and validate” to “optimize and manufacture.” By Tony Glockler SolidWorks World is where the magic happens. This year, that magic was literal as the conference kicked off in Los Angeles with death-defying illusions. The magic continued throughout the […]

By March 9, 2017 Read More →
Workstation market shipment increased 20% in fourth quarter

Workstation market shipment increased 20% in fourth quarter

HP pulls ahead in market share, but all players saw increased sales. The workstation market is thriving. In 2Q16, Jon Peddie Research reported results as inspiring. 3Q16 results were even better, record-setting. 4Q16 results require a new level of superlatives. If a mature market like this one can be said to have a “blowout” quarter, […]

By March 7, 2017 Read More →
Oculus unveils new virtual reality art software

Oculus unveils new virtual reality art software

Medium for sculpting and Quill for illustrative storytelling will be bundled with new hand-held controllers for use with the Rift VR headset. Oculus, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset recently released its new Oculus Touch controllers with two new VR art applications. The applications, Oculus Medium and Oculus Quill will allow […]

By March 3, 2017 Read More →
Gravity Sketch takes 3D design inside virtual reality

Gravity Sketch takes 3D design inside virtual reality

Opening the doors of 3D creation through consumer-class VR displays. As virtual reality (VR) technologies continue seeping into the mainstream, a team of independent developers have created what they call “the first cross-platform mixed reality 3D creation application” in the form of Gravity Sketch VR. Created by a team of engineers and designers, the London […]

By March 1, 2017 Read More →
Q&A: VFX Supervisor Boyd Shermis

Q&A: VFX Supervisor Boyd Shermis

From Speed and Swordfish to Fear the Walking Dead, a top VFX supervisor stays connected to a global team with CineSync for video production collaboration. It is not uncommon for technical creatives in media and entertainment to be known more for the projects they worked on rather than a particular employer. Boyd Shermis has a […]

By February 27, 2017 Read More →
Arnold earns an Academy SciTech award

Arnold earns an Academy SciTech award

The “brute force” renderer has been used a wide variety of films. The Arnold renderer, published by the recently acquired Solid Angle, has been honored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a 2017 Scientific and Technical Achievement Award. It joins another rendering product, V-Ray from Chaos Group, in receiving a SciTech […]

By February 23, 2017 Read More →
Turning trucks into emergency vehicles with 3D technology

Turning trucks into emergency vehicles with 3D technology

A SmartTech 3D scanner and Geomagic Design X help a small Polish manufacturer customize 100 vehicles a year. Too often stories about new uses for 3D design technology focus on things like aerospace manufacturing, skyscraper construction, or feature films. But more mundane professions are also finding ways to incorporate 3D data into their work. BOCAR […]

By February 22, 2017 Read More →