3D printing in the Capital

Image Starting out in 1969, Hobs Reprographics has grown into one of the biggest independent digital printing companies in Britain. Three years ago it started offering 3D printing services and now produces models for some of the biggest architectural practices in the capital.

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PageWide: the future of 3D printing?

Image Could HP's new PageWide inkjet 2D printing technology transfer to the 3D printing market, leading to game-changing speed, build-size and resolution capabilities?

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BIM in the cloud

Image While many firms wrestle with getting their BIM workgroup implementations working on desktops in an office, one company is aiming to revolutionise collaboration by moving the BIM data to the cloud.

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Autodesk 2015 AEC Products

Image Autodesk moves closer to becoming a services business and takes a leap from a 30-year-old upgrade cycle to a subscription only and rental model.

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A BIM industry temperature check

Image Excitech consultant Rob Clark was part of a committee that recently ran a workshop called BIM4Real to share and solve some of the problems real Building Information Modelling projects encounter. In this article he shares the findings and some personal thoughts.

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The future of Rhino

Image At the recent Shape To Fabrication conference Bob McNeel, CEO of Robert McNeel & Associates, was his usual straight-talking self when quizzed about the future of Rhino, including the Mac version, the cloud, parametrics and Grasshopper.

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Into the fold

Image Using robots to bend, shape and fold sheet metal is adding freedom to architectural façade designs. Stephen Holmes visits Robofold and becomes transfixed by robotic origami.

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Regenerating London King’s Cross

Image Architectural practice John McAslan + Partners relied on MicroStation to develop this iconic station redevelopment that melds a Grade 1 listed building with state-of-the-art design.

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Autodesk ReCap

Image Graphisoft has updated its flagship BIM modelling tool, ArchiCAD, with a host of ‘themed’ new features and enhancements. BIM lives in the details.

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Structural BIM

Image Will Norton, structural engineer at McElroy consulting engineers and project managers, explains how Structural BIM has revolutionised the way McElroy undertakes design projects.

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MassMotion

Image AEC catches up with the latest updates to Oasys’ MassMotion software, which provides crowd flow simulation for buildings, transport and public spaces.

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Mobile workstation buyer’s guide

Image From ultrabook to desktop replacement, there’s a mobile workstation for every architect and engineer. Greg Corke delves deep into the CAD-class laptop.

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HP ZBook 14

Image We’ve seen 14-inch mobile workstations come and go, but none can touch the HP ZBook 14 when it comes to mobility.

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Dell Precision M3800

Image Dell’s new lightweight laptop may be a dead ringer for an Apple MacBook Pro, but it’s an entirely different beast — a dedicated 3D CAD/BIM mobile workstation, certified for a wide range of applications including Revit.

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Dell Precision M4800

Image Dell has an impressive pedigree when it comes to mobile workstations and its latest 15-inch offering picks up where the Precision M4700 left off.

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HP ZBook 15

Image This mainstream 15.6-inch delivers far more grunt than its lightweight sibling, the ZBook 14. It can handle a high-end CPU (up to the Intel Core i7-4900MQ), a mid-range GPU (up to the Nvidia Quadro K2100M) – an ideal combination for CAD/BIM.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W540

Image This latest update to Lenovo’s ThinkPad family is a specialist piece of kit. With an exceptional 15.5-inch 2,880 x 1,620 display and an X-Rite Pantone colour calibrator built in, it’s ideal for colour-critical workflows.

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Schenker W503

Image This 15-inch from Schenker delivers 3D performance more commonly found in a 17-inch mobile workstation. Most 15-inch models max out at the Nvidia Quadro K2100M, but Schenker’s W503 takes the GPU up a notch to a Quadro K3100M.

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Dell Precision M6800

Image From the outside the 17-inch M6800 looks just like a bigger version of the M4800. And in many ways it is. It features the same trademark Dell styling, solid chassis and easy maintenance of its 15-inch sibling. The big difference is what’s inside.

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Scan 3XS MGW-10

Image Considering the amount of technology on offer in this 17-inch model from Scan, 3XS MGW-10 wins hands down on value for money.

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