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Optimizing Your Revit Workstation for Point Clouds

Posted by cadhardware

Jul 25, 2012 2:22:39 PM

Reality capture is a boom business for the building industry. With roughly 5 million existing commercial buildings in the United States alone, it’s easy to understand why. Laser-scanner-based reality capture is the dominant methodology used today to accurately capture the 3D state of an existing building. However, the typical laser-scan-based point cloud is in the hundreds of millions of 3D points, sometimes even going into the billions of points. With this additional data overhead on top of an already dense Building Information Model, it’s important to optimize your workstation hardware to deliver a productive user experience.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, RAM, Hardware, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, Processors, Revit, SSD Drive, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, Connectivity, Backup System, Video Cards, CAD

Are Intel's CPU-integrated GPUs Good Enough for CAD? (Part 2)

Posted by cadhardware

Jul 18, 2012 4:47:04 PM

Last week, I talked about why Intel's latest generations of graphics-enabled CPUs might make CAD professionals think twice about paying extra dollars for a discrete graphics card on their next workstations.

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Topics: Dell Business Workstation, Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD, Intel, Dell Workstations, CAD

Are Intel's CPU-integrated GPUs Good Enough for CAD? (Part 1)

Posted by cadhardware

Jul 11, 2012 4:42:15 PM

Intel had been promising that its latest generations of graphics-enabled CPUs would make CAD professionals think twice about paying extra dollars for a discrete graphics card on their next workstations. And it appears those promises are holding true … not in dramatic fashion, but valid nonetheless.

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Topics: Dell Business Workstation, Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD, Intel, Dell Workstations, CAD

GPU-Accelerated Transparency for 3D CAD with Creo Parametric 2.0 and AMD FirePro

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 27, 2012 2:45:40 PM

Order Independent Transparency (OIT) in computer graphics programming terminology denotes any technique that can correctly render overlapping semi-transparent objects without having to sort them before they are being rendered. Rendering semi-transparent objects has always been a problem because the blending operation is order dependent: when a semi-transparent fragment is rendered, the underlying color (i.e. the background) is crucial for the final color to be correct.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, GPU Accelerator Technology, Graphics Card, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD, Creo Parametric, CAD

Q&A with CADspeed: Hardware Upgrade for 3D Modeling

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 25, 2012 2:58:47 PM

Editor's Note: Q&A with CADspeed answers CAD hardware questions from our readers.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, AutoCAD, Processors, GPU, 3D, Graphics Cards, CAD

Intel's Ivy Bridge Processors Hit the CAD Workstation Marketplace

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 13, 2012 4:58:34 PM

The incessant pace of progress and innovation for workstation technology never slows.

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Topics: Dell Business Workstation, Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, Multi-Threading, Processors, Graphics Cards, Sustainability, Intel, Dell Workstations, CAD

Dell Releases Four New CAD Workstation Models

Posted by cadhardware

May 30, 2012 1:20:56 PM

Spring has arrived, and the annual release of new CAD hardware is as dazzling as the blossoms on the trees outside. This season marks new beginnings, and the sense of renewal makes the CADspeed editors feel like digging into the latest releases and watching our hard work grow into something new and spectacular.

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Topics: Dell Business Workstation, Workstations, RAM, Hardware, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, AutoCAD, Processors, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, AMD, Video Cards, Operating System, Dell Workstations, Windows, CAD

Hardware Requirements Released for AutoCAD 2013

Posted by cadhardware

Apr 24, 2012 3:07:04 PM

Autodesk has released the platform and system requirements for AutoCAD 2013, which was launched on March 27, 2012. You can review the system requirements on the Autodesk website.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, RAM, Hardware, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, 32-Bit, AutoCAD, Processors, Operating Systems, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, Upgrade, Video Cards, Operating System, 64-Bit, Windows

Optimize ArchiCAD 3D BIM Models to View on Mobile Devices

Posted by cadhardware

Feb 29, 2012 2:27:49 PM

BIMx is GRAPHISOFT’s solution to explore, present, communicate and share design. BIMx enables architects and their clients to walk through professionally rendered 3D models with an easy-to-use navigation interface.

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Topics: ArchiCAD, Hardware, Graphics Card, Building Information Modeling, Graphics Cards, Mobile Workstations, Video Cards, Mobile

Share Your FirePro Graphics Experience and Win a AMD FirePro V5900

Posted by cadhardware

Feb 13, 2012 4:12:58 PM

Nothing gets us more excited at CADspeed than the idea of free hardware, so check out AMD's Experience FirePro! Sweepstakes from February 13-27, 2012. AMD wants to hear unbiased reality from end users — from the single designer using PhotoShop CS5 to the multi-person CAD shop using a range of DCC and CAD/CAE apps.

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Topics: Workstations, Processors, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD

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