Hardware

Image With prices continuing to fall 3D printers are now within reach of many AEC firms. Materials, build volumes and cost all vary greatly; here we give you four of the best for architectural models – from quick concepts to presentation models.

Image Greg Corke finally treats his dusty old desktop to a Solid State Drive makeover

Image Compact workstations are all the rage and this little beauty stands out for its serviceability and storage potential.

Image A very high-end design viz workstation with impressive 3D performance

Image A top-end workstation that literally cuts through ray trace rendering calculations

Image Dell’s latest 15.6-inch mobile workstation comes in at an incredible 2kg but still packs a punch.

Image 3Dconnexion cuts the cord for its latest 3D input device for CAD & BIM software

Image This mini workstation is ideal for 2D CAD or entry-level 3D modelling

Image Fujitsu’s new Intel ‘Haswell’ workstation offers impressive serviceability in an entry-level machine

ImageIntel’s new ‘Haswell’ chip might not set the world alight, but one cannot question the price / performance on offer in this mainstream CAD workstation.

ImageA good all-round CAD workstation with a brand new Nvidia GPU.

ImageAn excellent all round mobile workstation ideal for CAD on the go.

ImageControl your workstation remotely with a new graphics card from AMD that melds a professional GPU with dedicated PC-over-IP (PCoIP) technology

ImageThree advanced input devices for your workstaion

ImageA very high-end CAD/BIM workstation with graphics primed for design viz

ImageA beautifully engineered mobile workstation ideal for mainstream CAD/BIM

ImageThe most compact dual processor Xeon workstation we have ever seen

ImageA beautifully engineered mainstream CAD/BIM

ImageThis compact box of tricks has one role and one role only. To process network rendering jobs, leaving your single CPU workstation free to get on with other tasks.