HP recently demonstrated its workstation technologies and launched an online community for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry at Autodesk University 2010 in Las Vegas.
The demonstration aimed to transform the way design professionals worked as well as provide Autodesk users with a significant engineering edge.
HP also announced the launch of DesignByMany, a new challenge-based online community for the AEC industry.
HP demonstrated its suite of award-winning HP Z series workstations at the Autodesk University event. These technologies are used by Autodesk to develop, test and demonstrate its own products.
Additionally, HP introduced participants at the event to the new HP Designjet T2300 eMultifunction Printer (eMFP) with the HP ePrint & Share platform, which allows design teams to access, share and print large-format project files online anytime, anywhere.
Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager, HP Designjet Large-Format Solutions, HP comments that design professionals need to be equipped with tools that fit their mobile and collaborative work styles.
He adds that HP has responded to this need by simplifying the printing process from AutoCAD and providing tools that enable the effective sharing of print-ready files so that users can focus on building and executing their ideas, rather than managing cumbersome design and print processes.
Comprehensive design solutions from HP and Autodesk
HP has teamed up with Autodesk to offer an integrated workflow solution that helps design professionals improve efficiency, collaboration and productivity on every project.
The HP ePrint & Share plug-in for HP Designjet simplifies the printing process from AutoCAD by allowing users to access HP ePrint & Share directly from the application and create print-ready files with just one click while printing from AutoCAD.
AutoCAD Raster Design is included with every HP Designjet T2300 eMFP purchase and enables the full scanning and vectorisation of sketches, printed plans or blueprints so that design professionals can manage, convert, analyse and edit images from scanned paper drawings in AutoCAD software and applications based on AutoCAD.
In addition to improving workflow, HP Z series workstations are engineered to optimise the way hardware and software components work together, delivering massive, whole-system computational power that helps maximise productivity and make 3D design and visualisation faster and more efficient than ever before.
HP thoroughly tests and certifies each HP Workstation model for Autodesk applications, and HP Performance Advisor offers special features to optimise the performance of Autodesk applications.
Jeff Kowalski, chief technology officer, Autodesk says that their customers are choosing powerful HP Workstations and printers as they move to building information modelling and digital prototyping so that they can fully benefit from their advanced 3D visualisation, simulation and analysis tools.
HP Z workstations were used to demonstrate features that benefit Autodesk customers such as the newest version of HP Performance Advisor, a tool that helps users set up and optimise the workstations to match their Autodesk application requirements.
HP also demonstrated the excellent performance of AutoCAD on an HP Z200 Workstation, which earned the official AutoCAD certification label, as well as ‘Inventor’ running at its best on an HP Z600 Workstation and the full range of HP EliteBook mobile workstations.
HP Designjet T7100 printers, which were also on display at the event, are designed for central reprographic departments in enterprises and reproduction houses.
The reprographic printers are significantly less expensive to acquire as well as operate and are available in monochrome or colour models, streamlining print production by offering speeds of up to four D-sized pages per minute, capacity to manage up to three media rolls and the HP Smart Roll Loading System.
New DesignByMany community fosters collaborative design
HP is sponsoring DesignByMany, a new online community that enables technical design professionals from around the world to collaborate through a variety of design challenges.
The community is organised by David Fano, founder of design technology consultancy CASE and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture.
HP is represented in Australia by Hewlett-Packard Australia Ltd .