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Webinar: SOLIDWORKS 2016, Realistic 3D Without Compromise

Posted by cadhardware

Jan 12, 2016 12:53:50 PM

Optimize your CAD workstation for SolidWorks 2016 — see the difference and experience the power!

Thursday, January 21 • 2 p.m. ET

WATCH THE RECORDED WEBINAR

 

SOLIDWORKS 2016 brings a new user interface, new tools and new design workflow enhancements — features you can take to the next level with the right workstation hardware!

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Topics: Workstations, SolidWorks, Hardware, 3D, Graphics Cards

Server-Hosted Workstations for CAD, Part 4: Economic Analysis

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 28, 2015 11:00:00 AM


www.intel.com
Sponsored by Intel

Do GVT-hosted workstations make financial sense for your company?

By Robert Green

In the first three installments of Server-Hosted Workstations for CAD we talked about the technical aspects of running CAD applications on server-hosted workstations built on Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology (GVT). If you’ve decided that server-hosted workstations are a good technical fit for your company, then it is time to perform an economic analysis to see if you can achieve a positive return on investment (ROI). In this final installment of our series on GVT solutions we provide guidelines for you to perform your calculations.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Intel, CAD, Integrated Graphics

Server-Hosted Workstations for CAD, Part 3: CAD Application Certification and Network Specifics

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 21, 2015 11:00:00 AM

www.intel.com
Sponsored by Intel

How do you know your CAD tools will work on GVT-hosted workstations?

By Robert Green

In the first two installments of Server-Hosted Workstations for CAD we introduced the concept of using Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology (GVT) to move workstations to a data center-hosted environment and how users would perceive using a hosted workstation in your company’s network topology.

To continue examining how GVT would work in your company's environment, you need to know what CAD applications are certified to operate on Intel GVT workstations, plus let IT staff know how to prepare your network. Given these final metrics, everyone in your IT/CAD team should have a solid idea of what hosted workstations could mean for your business.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Intel, CAD, Integrated Graphics

Server-Hosted Workstations for CAD, Part 2: User Reaction and IT Planning

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 14, 2015 11:00:00 AM

www.intel.com
Sponsored by Intel

What is Intel GVT, and how can it help speed up the design process?

By Robert Green

In the first installment of Server-Hosted Workstations for CAD we introduced the concept of using Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology (GVT) combined with Citrix XenDesktop and HDX 3D Pro software to virtualize CAD applications to remote users from servers in your data center.

To explore GVT solutions for your company, you must complete several phases of investigation and discovery — with user experience and perception of the remote workstation as a high priority. User perception is key to making any changes in your computing environment, so in this part of our series we’ll focus on the core issues surrounding user interaction with and response to workstation virtualization.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Intel, CAD, Integrated Graphics

Server-Hosted Workstations for CAD, Part 1: Introduction

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 8, 2015 11:00:00 AM

www.intel.com
Sponsored by Intel

What is Intel GVT, and how can it help speed up the design process?

By Robert Green

Our day-to-day workstation power problems are common: CAD users work in branch offices all over the country (or world), slow WANs make sharing CAD files difficult, workstations with widely varying equipment specifications slow design work, graphics drivers act cranky, and all of our work must be backed up and secure. If you’re a CAD manager or IT administrator you’ve likely wrestled with most of these issues at some point.

Server-hosted workstations — built on Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology (GVT) and accessed from virtually any device using Citrix XenDesktop and HDX 3D Pro software — offer an integrated solution to these common CAD headaches. In a four-part series sponsored by Intel, I’ll examine server-hosted workstation solutions from the perspective of a CAD manager to help you determine if this option is right for your office. In this installment, Part 1, I’ll explain the basics of the technology and discuss its general benefits and feasibility for CAD applications.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Intel, CAD, Integrated Graphics

Expert Interview with Zaia Abraham on Buying CAD Software and Hardware

Posted by mediashower1

Jan 31, 2015 1:49:08 PM

If you need an example for how CAD has revolutionized industrial production, look under your hood, says Zaia Abraham, president of PROCAD.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Hard Drive, CAD

New Features of HSMWorks 2015

Posted by mediashower1

Jan 10, 2015 3:28:06 PM

The big news for HSMWorks 2015 is its support for SolidWorks 2015, which was released in September of 2014. Since the Service Packs released frequently by HSMWorks are notably beefy, adding new features and improved functionality in between annual version releases, support for SolidWorks 2015 is the most notable update. However, version 2015 also has some other features and benefits to consider if it's time to upgrade your software.

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Topics: Workstations, SolidWorks, Hardware, Processors, 3D, Connectivity

Solid State Drives for CAD Workstations

Posted by cadhardware

Apr 9, 2013 12:45:36 PM

The old adage about getting a hard drive at least twice as big as you think you’ll need still holds true.

Hard drives, and SA-SCSI drives especially, face growing competition from a new breed of storage device: the solid-state drive (SSD).

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Hard Drive, SSD Drive, CAD

Do You Really Need ECC Memory for CAD Workstation Computing?

Posted by cadhardware

Jan 30, 2013 10:33:51 PM

I recently read an article by an Intel product manager on the need for “ECC” (error correction code) memory in CAD workstations. From the article: "Corrupted data can impact every aspect of your business, and worse yet you may not even realize your data has become corrupted. Error-correcting code (ECC) memory detects and corrects the more common kinds of internal data corruption."

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Topics: Workstations, RAM, Hardware, Hard Drive, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, AMD, Intel, CAD

Create 3D Models with MAP-21 Requirements Using Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler

Posted by cadhardware

Nov 19, 2012 7:02:57 PM

Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler, part of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, Premium and Ultimate editions, is civil infrastructure software developed to:

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, Hardware, Mapping, AutoCAD, Infrastructure Modeler, 3D, Windows, CAD

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