As enterprise customers start thinking about contract renewals, hardware leases, and IT costs, HP wants them to keep something in mind — color. In a yet-to-be-named product series that HP plans to launch in the second half of 2015, the company will deliver wide-format Inkjet printers with PageWide technology, capable of both monochrome and color printing. The upcoming offering will “disrupt the $1.3 billion production printing market currently dominated by monochrome light-emitting diode (LED) printers,” according to HP.
Even though PageWide uses water-based pigment ink, the printed output is expected to be water-resistant. That, HP believes, will be an attractive feature for engineering and construction crews working onsite, in weather-exposed, leakage-prone environments. Since the nozzle operations and the print head movement mimic the scanning technology, integrated scanner will be an available option for customers who desire it. The software bundled with the system will offer accurate on-screen representation of print results based on materials chosen by users (such as types of paper) and more efficient PDF file management. Continue reading
Usually you design products, but can you also design an ad? If you can, you might win $5,000, a HP ZBook (estimated price $4,400), and publication credits at Morgan Motor’s website and magazine. The “Design for Morgan Motor Company” challenge asks you to create a magazine ad to promote the Morgan 3 Wheeler, a modern successor to the iconic vehicle that dated all the way back to 1910.
The challenge is hosted by Talenthouse, an online portal that connects artists and band advertisers. Along with Morgan Motor, Autodesk, HP, and NVIDIA are involved in the campaign. The winning entry will be part of the Morgan 3 Wheeler’s launch at an auto trade show. Continue reading
Apparently, one of the most desirable characteristics of a workstation is expandability.
In the survey DE and HP began running in June (still ongoing), participants were asked to list “characteristic statements that may be important to the selection of a professional workstation.” They were also asked to rate each statement on a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 means the characteristic is extremely important, and 1 means not at all important. When tabulated, the scores showed that the top ranking choice was “reliable/stable/scalable” (70%), closely followed by “performance/computing horsepower” (64%). Continue reading
Clearly, the mouse-and-keyboard combo was never meant to be an input system for working with 3D data. It was designed for text input (dating back to the DOS command-line era), but it was adopted by CAD users, for the lack of alternatives. Over time, familiarity gave CAD users the impression that rotating 3D models with a mouse cursor was the standard mode of operation. Continue reading
The HP Z1, dubbed an all-in-one workstation, made its debut at SolidWorks World in San Diego, California (Feb. 12-15, 2012). The press event itself drew a large crowd, making it nearly impossible for any reporter to get a good photo of the unit. (If you could imagine the high-tech equivalent of a Lady Gaga spotting, you’d get an idea what it was like.) Continue reading