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August 09, 2010
Hardware Review: HP Z200 Workstation – Affordable and Capable
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A few years ago I thought that by this time (Summer 2010) desktop workstations would be a thing of the distant past. However, that didn't exactly happen. Yes, mobile workstations can pack a lot of punch for technical software applications, including MCAD, but they also tend to be pretty pricey when compared to their desktop workstation counterparts with similar specifications. That being the case, I was anxious to check out the new HP Z200 desktop workstation.

The Z200 I reviewed was impressive right out of the box. Measuring 7”W x 17.9”D x 17.6”H, it's relatively compact, but has a lot of expansion capabilities and possibilties if you choose to use them. The case can be opened without tools via a removable side panel. The removable panel has a diagram of the interior's expansion options and motherboard sockets, and a “crisis recovery” switch. I had no need to test the latter.

HP Z200 Workstation

The review HP Z200 workstation that I received was configured with:

Considered mid-range with what a Z200 can be configured with on the higher end, the machine I received from HP proved totally adequate for my purposes in an engineering software environment.

Beyond the relatively compact size and the range of configuration options available, the most noticeable aspect of the Z200 when I first powered it up was how quiet it was. In the past I've had desktop workstations that could have doubled as white noise generators, but the Z200 was extremely quiet - perfect for an office environment.

According to HP, the 320W power supply is 89% efficient. As measured by my Kill A Watt device, the Z200 had a surprisingly low power draw, consuming less than 60W when idling, and rising to less than 100W when throttled through the benchmark tests. Even at ~100W when working hard, this is less than many desktop workstations use when they are idling and waiting for something to do.

I did not perform SPEC benchmark tests on the Z200 as some of them are getting quite dated and I'd rather evaluate performance using real MCAD and graphics tools that I (and our readers) use on a regular basis. I loaded and ran Autodesk Inventor 2011, SolidWorks 2010, and Photoshop CS5 on the Z200. The Z200 really impressed me with its level of performance as I tried my best to bog it down with tasks that have brought other machines to their knees. With Inventor and SolidWorks, I modeled complex parts, assemblies in excess of 10,000 parts, ran FEA simulations, and did detailed renderings of large assemblies. Nothing I did with Photoshop really seemed to tax it much at all. Overall, the Z200 really had no difficulty for any of the tasks performed with it. All in all, not bad for a machine that was configured with mid-range components (specifically, CPU and video card).

HP Z200 Workstation with HP ZR30w 30-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor

The HP Z200 starts at a very reasonable $699.00 (excluding monitor). The HP Z200 workstation as configured for this review is priced at $2,895.

You can pay a little or a little more, depending on the CPU and NVIDIA graphics chip, but if you need real computing horsepower and you're on a relatively tight budget, the Z200 is a high performing and versatile platform option. I think affordable, but capable says it all.

For more information on the HP Z200 Multicore Workstation:
Hewlett Packard Corp.
HP Z200

The Week's Top 5

At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.

Siemens PLM Softwares' Solid Edge Insight: A CIMdata Program Review
CIMdata, Inc. released a new PLM Program Review entitled “Solid Edge Insight: A Microsoft SharePoint-Based Dedicated Design Data Management Solution for Solid Edge Communities.” This CIMdata-authored white paper reviews Siemens PLM Software's Microsoft SharePoint-based design data management solution. The paper describes Solid Edge Insight and how it is a proven design-centric PLM solution focused on supporting Solid Edge communities. The paper also describes the value of this MS SharePoint-based solution for Solid Edge customers, and how the MS SharePoint platform enables them to leverage their existing IT infrastructure, and immediately benefit from the integration of design data and processes with their other business processes. Solid Edge Insight, which was first released in 2001 with Solid Edge Version 11, has more than eight years of proven customer success and is used by more than 1,000 customers. In this paper, CIMdata provides three CIMdata-written Solid Edge Insight customer briefs.

New Release of InspectionXpert for CATIA Balloons Both 3D Models and 2D Drawings
Extensible CAD Technologies announced the release of its new version of InspectionXpert for CATIA V5 that introduces support for 3D models in addition to the 2D drawings previously supported. InspectionXpert for CATIA V5 is inspection report automation software that replaces the manual ballooning of CAD drawings and files, and the manual typing of dimensions into Excel for First Article and In Process inspection reports. InspectionXpert for CATIA V5 is a Dassault Systemes Partner Product. InspectionXpert is also available in versions that read PDF and TIFF files, as well as SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, AutoCAD, and Solid Edge drawings. For more information: http://www.inspectionxpert.com.

LMS sells Noesis and the OPTIMUS platform to Japanese Cybernet
LMS International has sold its subsidiary Noesis Solutions N.V. and the OPTIMUS product line to Cybernet Systems. This move by LMS further focuses key resources on meeting customer demands for LMS' engineering solutions and its flagship platforms: LMS Test.Lab, LMS Virtual.Lab and LMS Imagine.Lab. LMS customers will continue to have access to the optimization technologies developed by Cybernet Systems and Noesis as part of the LMS Virtual.Lab and LMS Imagine.Lab platforms. LMS has formalized an R&D agreement with Cybernet/Noesis to integrate future updates of OPTIMUS technology in these two flagship LMS simulation platforms. Current users of OPTIMUS will benefit from seamless support from the global LMS sales operation. In 2011, Cybernet/Noesis will continue to expand the OPTIMUS customer base.

Alibre Bundles New Photorealistic Lighting Rendering Technology With 3D CAD Products
Alibre and Luxion announced that the Luxion KeyShot 2 photo realistic lighting rendering technology will be bundled with v. 12.1 of Alibre Design Expert and Professional 3D CAD software, priced under $600. With Alibre Design Expert and Professional, customers will get powerful 3D modeling and 2D drafting technology with realistic lighting visualization. KeyShot 2 is a new application built on Luxion's real-time interactive ray tracing lighting and global illumination technology. KeyShot 2 makes it easy to create photographic images from 3D models with realistic lighting, giving anyone with 3D data the ability to create a photographic image. Alibre Design Expert and Professional v. 12.1 also offer the new BIP export format specifically designed for KeyShot 2. In addition, Alibre Design Expert and Professional v. 12.1 also take advantage of the new capabilities in KeyShot 2 by taking 3D data and exporting it directly into Luxion's native format for cleaner and faster 3D rendered models.

Chrysler Group LLC Contracts with Siemens PLM Software for Product Design and Development Platform
Siemens PLM Software announced that Chrysler Group LLC, which produces Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Truck and Mopar vehicles and products, has selected Siemens PLM Software's technology for product design and development. Chrysler Group began using Teamcenter software as its corporate-wide PDM system in 2008. Chrysler Group has now added NX software to provide efficiency gains in engineering and design and to help create a common product development platform.

Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of MCADCaféand MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at Email Contact or 408.850.9230.

This Week

Product and Company News

ANSYS turns 40!

3D Printer Benchmark Profiles Seven Systems

TransMagic R8 SP4 Transforms the 3D CAD Translation Industry

SolidVision is Newest Reseller of InspectionXpert and Office2PDM

solidThinking to Demonstrate New Software Capabilities to Product Designers at IDSA International Conference

MachineWorks v.7 Released

Alibre Bundles New Photorealistic Lighting Rendering Technology with 3D CAD Products

Terrafugias “Roadable Aircraft” Engineered with Virtual Prototyping from ANSYS

NCG CAM V10 Released

MSC.Software Releases MD Nastran 2010

Luxion demonstrates breakthrough in ray traced subsurface scattering at SIGGRAPH 2010

PTC Announces Q3 Results, Initiates Q4 Guidance and Maintains FY'10 Targets

Autodesk Software Part of New Beginning for Quadriplegic Engineer

SolidXperts is First Reseller in Canada for InspectionXpert and Office2PDM

Continental to Standardize on PTCs Windchill Platform for Global Product Development

Longview Advisors Announces 2010 Collaboration & Interoperability Industry Survey

1,000mph Car to Take Center Stage in ITI TranscenData Events

INUS Technology Announces H1 2010 Results; Revenue Up More Than 50% Over Same Period Last Year

DS SolidWorks Supports New Boy Scout 'Inventing' Merit Badge

Creaform's Technology Certified by the National Institute of Metrology

Stratasys Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

CCE's EnSuite Updated to Support CATIA V5 R20, Solid Edge & 3D PDF

Case Study Describes How Siemens VAI Used Intergraph CADWorx to Speed Workflow

SpaceClaim Extends 3D Across Customer Sales and Engineering Teams and Delivers Measurable Bottom-Line Benefits

CAMWorks helps Victoria University drive innovation in Industrial Design

Dassault Systèmes’ 3DVIA Enables One-Click 3D Publishing on Facebook Platform

Industry Briefing from Wohlers Associates (Additive Manufacturing)

TDP, Inc. Selects Product Lifecycle Management Solution From Omnify Software

Schott Systeme Help to Make 5-Axis Machining Affordable

PARTsolutions 3D Part Catalog Technology Enables DME to Offer 4.5 Million Different CAD Files

Infotech Enterprises becomes First Reseller of InspectionXpert in Germany

Delcam launches new inspection software

Catalog Data Solutions Announces >50% Growth Driven by Indsutrial Suppliers Increasing Their Online Marketing Presence

Z Corp. Introduces Two Value-Priced 3D Printers

Research and Markets: Learning Autodesk Inventor 2010 - Learn Autodesk Inventor 2010 in this Full-Color Official Training Guide

NIBCO Stays Ahead of the Flow With 3D CAD Catalog From PARTsolutions

Kraftsman Tooling saves 35% administration time and anticipates 30% growth in turnover thanks to MyWorkPLAN

Celeritive Technologies Releases VoluMill 3.5 With Freeway Linking That Reduces Toolpath Length by Up to One-Third

ASCON awards winners of VIII KOMPAS-3D Modelling Contest

Trek Bicycle Corp races to 9 month ROI with efficient nesting and CAM software

Autodesk 3ds Max Software Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

D-Cubed 2D DCM and PGM from Siemens PLM Software Licensed by Planit and Integrated into Cabinet Vision

hyperMILL certified by Autodesk Complete integration in the new Autodesk Inventor 2011 release

ODX Libraries Updated to Support Latest NX and CATIA Releases

Verisurf Software and Nikon Metrology Announce Global OEM Agreement

Boeing Recognizes Engineering Student for Robotics Work

Blue Ridge Numerics Releases Upfront CFD Buyer's Guide

Geometric Declares Increased Revenues

Autodesk Software Speeds Nanotech Research Development at Brookhaven National Laboratory

NIBCO Stays Ahead of the Flow with 3D CAD Catalog from PARTsolutions

EnRoute Releases Next Generation CAD Software

5-axis start-up finds success using hyperMILL

GibbsCAM Programs Highly Complex, Multi-flow Machines, Simulates Swiss-style Machines & Moves Beyond 5-axis

Vero USA Highlights its Focus on CAM

Dassault Systèmes Reports Second Quarter Results with Strong EPS Growth

Arena Sees Continued Strong Growth in Second Quarter With 24% Increase in Subscription Sales

Delcam aids medical CADCAM pioneers in Russia

ENGINEERING PLM Solutions announced the release of RuleDesigner Fusion

EOS Offers Powder-to-Product Manufacturing With Laser Sintering for Unmanned Systems

Universal Robotics Launches Spatial Vision and Spatial Vision Robotics

Customers Praise Radan 2010 R2

EDSA Launches New Paladin DesignBase 3.1 Power Systems CAD Modeling Platform

Cimatron's Second Quarter 2010 Results Release Scheduled

Edgecam Sponsors Kew Bridge Festival of Models

New Validation Tool ECO Product Offers Flexible and Accurate Reporting to Effectively Manage Model Based Design Changes

Autodesk Chooses Pearson VUE for Computer-based Test Delivery

Sheffield Measurement Launches Endeavor 3 CMM Product Line

B4L Consulting and Technology Joins Aras PLM Partner Program

TechTeam Expands Scope of Services With Global Manufacturer

Delcam's PowerMILL helps when going it alone

Cimatron Customer Presents: How to Make Dies Faster, Cheaper and Better

Stratasys Conference Call to Discuss Second Quarter Financial Results

Iconic Motorcycle Manufacurer Triumphs with State of the Art Fatigue Analysis

Think3 announces the winner of the PDP Award Andrea Pininfarina competition

EADS PLM Harmonization Program on Track with PTC

TEC and Surfware Grant Arkansas State University SURFCAM CAD/CAM Software

Reportlinker Adds Global Dental CAD Market 2009-2013

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Wyle Awarded NASA Crew Robotics Avionics and Vehicle Equipment Contract

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes International Debut

General Motors Renews $2 Billion HP Enterprise Services Agreement Supporting Vehicle Design and Production

Purdue University Increases Research Capabilities With HP Performance-Optimized Data Center

BOXX Debuts World's Fastest Intel Xeon Dual Processor Workstation at SIGGRAPH

Dassault Systèmes 3DVIA Studio Game Engine Launches First Social 3D Game Application on Facebook Platform

AMD Leads the Way at SIGGRAPH 2010 with Performance Gains and Comprehensive ISV Certifications

Goodrich Corporation to Acquire DeCrane Aerospace Assets

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Cartoon film dispels software career myths

Boeing Reports Second-Quarter Results

MISUMI Unveils New Cartridge Heaters for Use in Machine Design, Plus Automated Manufacturing and Assembly Work Cells

Boeing Completes Acquisition of Narus

Strategic Analysis of the European Manufacturing Execution System Market

Ford Motor Company Completes Sale of Volvo to Geely

Autodesk Acquires Illuminate Labs Maker of Lighting Technology for Games

Bombardier and the National Research Council Canada Strengthen Collaboration on Technology Development

ANSYS Releases Ansoft Designer 6.0 with Solver on Demand Technology Integrating HFSS and HSPICE

Ball Aerospace Ships STPSat-2 to Kodiak Launch Complex

Updates to Lawson Fashion PLM Help Improve User Productivity and Efficiency

“Q Up” PDF Publishing and Processing with Bluebeam Software's Powerful New PDFin' Machine, Bluebeam Q

Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Demonstrate New Docking System Technology

Analyst Study on Boeing and Lockheed Martin -- the Changing Facet of the Aerospace Industry

New Case Study Describes CEDO's Success Using Intergraph CADWorx and CAESAR II on Piping Design Project

Dell Introduces Security Solutions Portfolio for Midsize Businesses

eHydrogen Solutions Advances 'Water Car' Project: Collaboration Partners & Acquisitions

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Named South Florida's 2009 'Manufacturer of the Year'

Autodesk Brings Proven Plant Design Products Together with Release of Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2011

Autodesk Debuts New Mobile Games Curriculum and Instructor Certification Options

HP Secures Applications Services Contract with 3M That Will Help Speed Innovations to Market

Mentor Graphics Collaboration With National Instruments Speeds Time to Market With Faster Test Bench Development

Cincom CONTROL:2010 ERP Software Offers Personalized Manufacturing Analytics

Leviton Manufacturing and Coulomb Technologies Partner to Provide Home and Public Charging Stations for Electric Vehicle Market

Autodesks East Coast Headquarters Draws Accolades for Its Sustainable Design and Collaborative Building Process

Dell Reaches Settlement with Securities and Exchange Commission

SGI Altix UV 1000 Worlds Most Powerful Enterprise Java Application System

Delphi's Ground-Breaking SCR Dosing System Reduces Both NOx and CO2

Next Limit Technologies Provides Cutting Edge Simulation Software for a Broad Range of Applications in 3D Computer Graphics, VFX, Science and Engineering

SYSPRO ERP Choice of Lighting Products Manufacturer

Dell and The University of Cambridge Deliver HPC Power to Researchers

EDAC Technologies Awarded Rotorcraft Parts Contract

Bombardier Aerospace Releases Annual Aircraft Market Forecasts

NASA Center for Climate Simulation Expands Research Capabilities with Dell High-Performance Computing Technology

Ball Aerospace Completes Integration of CrIS Sensor on NPP Weather Satellite

Linde to Address Sustainable PV Manufacturing at Intersolar North America

Hamilton Sundstrand Systems Contributing to Successful Boeing 787 Flight Testing

Boeing Executive Panel Provides 787 Dreamliner Overview

Tyco Flow Control Opens Manufacturing and Testing Facility to Serve Nuclear Power Industry

United Steelworkers Send 100,000 Letters Urging Action on Clean Energy Jobs Legislation, Creating and Maintaining Manufacturing Jobs

Boeing Delivers 800th Airplane to China

Corning to Expand Clean-Air Auto Product Manufacturing in China

Corporate Moves

'Father of Boeing 747' Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Matt Soucy Joins Surfware as VAR Channel Manager

Concurrent Technologies Corporation Engineer Earns Prestigious Welding Science and Technology Honor

TECT Aerospace Announces Wurst as V.P. Engineering Solutions

Industry Events

International Manufacturing Technology Show - IMTS 2010

Leading Industry Commentator, Brad Holtz, to Keynote at CPDAs PLM Road Map 2010

Siemens PLM Software Launching Solid Edge Productivity Summit Tour

PTC: Pro/ENGINEER CAD/CAM/CAE Demonstrations Jul 30- Sep 16

Webinar Invitation: Increase Prototype Possibilities using Multi-material 3D Printing

CollabNet's Dan Rawsthorne to Present at Agile 2010 Conference

PTC to Speak at 2 Investor Conferences in August

SugarCRM Announces Open Source Testing Tools at OSCON 2010; Senior Engineer John Mertic and Chief Marketing Officer Nick Halsey to Speak

IMTS Emerging Technology Center to Feature Cloud Computing, MTConnect, Nanotechnology/Micro Manufacturing, and Additive Manufacturing

Autodesk Extends Invitation to Join its Second Quarter Fiscal 2011 Financial Results Conference Call

CT Core Technologies: "Geometry Simplification: Protecting Proprietary Data", July 28

PTC Technology Day 2010 Tour in Mexico

Sescoi brings its updated and integrated range of CAD, CAM and manufacturing ERP software to IMTS

Delcam to show metrology range at GTMA event

Gibbs Founder to Present Top Tips for Reducing Manufacturing Costs

ANSYS CEO to Present at Oppenheimer Annual Technology, Media & Telecommunications Conference

Concepts NREC Displays Propulsion Turbomachinery Technology at the 46th AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit

Chaos Group to Show New Developments at SIGGRAPH 2010

Intergraph CADWorx Webinar Highlighting New Routing and Self-Aware Component Capabilities in CADWorx 2011

Luminaries From Autodesk, Chevron, Intel and CalCEF Join Stellar Speaker and Panelist Line-Up at Cleantech Open National Conference

Delcam to show high-precision manufacturing at Micronora

VISI Mold Webinar

European dental seminars showcase WorkNC Dental CADCAM

Corporate Newsletters

Siemens PLM Software - PLM Perspective - June 2010

PTC Express - Jun 2010

CAMWorks Newsletter - Issue 11 - July - August 2010

FEA Journal - July 2010

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-- Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe.com Contributing Editor.