I've been spending nearly 4 years now in RC plane hobby. I started to design my own parkjet back in early 2015. Started it with HP Zbook 14 and Rhinoceros. Things get even more exciting to me after I have my own Zbook Studio, as well as getting awesome support from global rc plane enthusiasts communities.
After designing some groundbreaking parkjets, I finally came up with a jaw dropping design (according to my colleagues abroad), the Sukhoi SU-30SM. And here's my story.
Through the years, software gets developed and enhanced along with their newer release. Some give changes in both features and price, some others are free. However, the free ones is no longer considered as tools to have fun. Blender for example. It is now considered one of the most powerful 3d modeling, animation, rendering and visual effects software on earth. It has evolved into something that can directly compete with other commercial software, offering many features, giving the answers and solution to many animators and graphics artists.
The same situation within engineering design area. There are some free drafting software which are quite useful to create 2D layout drawing. Some others could also create 3d models/parts and still come for free. The million dollars question would be "which software would do good to answer the needs of those engineers?" Welll, I won't be giving an answer for that particular question, but I will surely show you one potential software series from RS Components, a UK company. So, what's the good of it? Let me give you some description about it below.
DESIGNSPARK: IT STARTED WITH A COMMUNITY
RS Components released it first PCB design called DesignSpark PCB in 2010. It grew its user base in time and on 2013, again, RS Components released their first mechanical software called DesignSpark Mechanical. They now are completing the series by having DesignSpark Electrical for electrical engineering and DesignSpark Safety, a powerful risk assessment tool.
With the development along the time since RS Components released their first software, most of their software now significantly got updates and growing features. On thing about DesignSpark software that attract so many engineers, enthusiasts and students, is that their software is FREE FOR DOWNLOAD AND USE. Too good to be true? Well, on some parts, it is. So, where the revenue generated for their business? RS Components is actually a listed company in London Stock Exchange. They supply electronic components, electrical automation and control, test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables. So they already have massive revenue for their business.
DESIGNSPARK MECHANICAL: A FREE 3D CAD SOFTWARE THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
The DesignSpark was created to actually giving easier design and installation process. It gives freedom to engineers to adopt, use, apply and implement components to their designs. I personally would just list a short description of what DesignSpark Mechanical could offer.
There are some more videos on YouTube about DesignSpark Mechanical, and other DesignSpark software. I personally just tried it to view and made some small changes on my LVT A-7 Corsair II RC Parkjet design STL file.
I experienced some unfamiliar workflow with the DS Mechanical workflow in the beginning since I'm familiar with Rhinoceros commands and features. However, after spending some time in getting to know the workflow, things started to get better and smoother. I would strongly recommend user to leave some habit behind and start fresh with DesignSpark Mechanical to obtain best experience with it.
DS Mechanical is good for rapid prototyping and/or reverse engineering process. It allows us to have access to massive library of products in 3d components, generate Bill of Materials (BoM) as well as online quotes, import and export industry standard file formats (STL, SKP, OBJ, DXF, etc.) and many more.
DESIGNSPARK ELECTRICAL, DESIGNSPARK PCB AND DESIGNSPARK SAFETY: GIVES YOU FREEDOM TO HAVE A FULL SERIES SOFTWARE AND EXPERIENCE
Just as the DS Mechanical, all RS Components DS Electrical, DS PCB and DS Safety are absolutely free to download and use. And they claim it will always be.
DS Electrical software is a bespoke electrical CAD solution for engeineers to save time and create error-free designs that gives us all automated reports and process including wire and comonent numbering. It also offers live parts price and availability along with simple Bill of Materials (BoM) generation.
DS PCB can turn your circuit ideas into testable board much faster. It gives us umlimited schematic size, create our own libraries or use extensive free library, import and output files in the format we use and not limited in creating BoM for our design.
DS Safety is a powerfull risk assessment tool allowing us to embed safety considerations into our design from the outset. It reduces timelines by addressing hazards and risk during design phase, reduce cost, add value to our designs by demonstrating compliance to relevant standards, maximize safety and avoiding risk of prosecution.
DS software can be considered as an option to mechanical and electrical engineers and designers, as it's being offered as a free software to download and use, permanently. However, it requires internet connection to validate license obtained from RS Components.
The UI is somehow similar to some commercial CAD software out there and smooth workflow could be obtained by learning on how we interact with it. Some tutorial videos are also available on YouTube with "DesignSpark" keyword that works best to look for them.
It supports on STL is giving us advantages for 3d printing environment and rapid prototyping. However, it doesn't perform quite good on organic surfaces components which electrical and mechanical engineers may not need on most of their work. Therefore, there are still Rhinoceros, CATIA and other commercial available at a cost. Combining these software may lead us to a complete and cost effective investment to complete our work. Somehow, some useful free software can give us advantages so we could secure and focus our investment on appropriate hardware/HP Workstation.
More information on DesignSpark can be viewed from DesignSpark Website.
Before I go deeper into the review about the product mentioned in the title that I have been testing for a while, I’d like to thank Lenovo, who was keen to send me the Lenovo P40 Yoga.
Blender has been known as the best free Open Source 3d modeling, rendering and animation software on this planet. It even surpasses commercial 3d software with its mind blowing features. Thanks to so many developers, contributors and supporters from around the world that have been continuing to develop, support and endorse Blender to the industry. It's available as multi-platform software that runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux.
The last 20 years the computer industry, engineering and design industry have been evolving so much, specially when chip manufacturers were concentrating on high clock speed and more transistors implemented in the processor to finish the job quicker. The computing magnitude drastically had risen to a point, where it needed to change its direction in the beginning of 21st century. Therefore, we started to get the introduction of multi-core and multi-threads support. In order to keep up with the changes, software architecture needed to change as well. At that time, I was still concentrating to speed up rendering time, utilizing any available resources in the network using parallel distributed rendering.
But now, everything has changed. Multi-core, multi-threads, parallel computing and even distributed computing have been common things. The birth of GPUs had completely changed the game on how we process the data as well as getting the results almost instantly. And today, it's well known as accelerated computing.
HP Performance Advisor has been evolving to a point where it delivers the best tuning for HP Workstation's hardware, software, application, operating system, BIOS settings as well as other system resources, ensuring that our HP Workstation is running at its finest performance.
It's not just tuning your HP Workstation, the HP Performance Advisor allows you to monitor the whole running process inside you HP Workstation, automatically.
HP, the company that delivers you the best Desktop and Mobile Workstation in the world in their 30 years of excellence, is now strengthening their position again by delivering more computing powers to their Mobile Workstation lineup. HP just announced their latest advancements of the HP Mobile Workstation series using latest technologies as well as strong emphasis on it security. Their highest performing mobile workstation, the Zbook 17 G4, is now even more powerful as it supports VR.
HP had officially announced and released their latest HP Workstation a while ago. But this time it opens up a new frontier, as a transportable HP Workstation. No, it's not a notebook and it's not a personal/desktop workstation either. It's a new game, new rules, yet still carrying brute force and performance of a personal/desktop workstation, written by HP. HP Z2 Mini is the name for the new product, inheriting the performance of HP's personal/desktop workstation, with the size smaller than birthday cake box.
With Blender initially released in 2002 as a free 3d modeling, rendering and animation software, it disrupted the market because it was dominated by commercial software which would cost you a fortune to buy it. It is very interesting as the community developed software has been growing significantly, it forces the software company to change their business model into yearly based license. Definitely getting more affordable to some, but still, it doesn't stop the community to develop even better software to share to the world.
As my work demands more mobility and performance now, it's very good to have the HP Zbook Studio G3 alongside with my HP Zbook 14. Both are HP's Ultrabook Mobile Workstations.
However, seeking the possibilities to strengthen my mobility as well as future use of HP RGS, I decided to go on playing with my new HP Pro Tablet 408 with Windows 8.1 Pro operating system.
There's a sense of impossibility on the title written above from the hardware point of view. But, if we have our mind broadened to every possibility, I can say it's possible. And HP is making it possible.
Selecting the right HP Workstation model has been a big challenge for customers and we are aware of this issue for many many years. Therefore, it triggered us to have a short yet informative article on how customers could benefit the technical knowledge on how to prepare and have proper approach in order to get the right HP Workstation configuration on a proper budget.
Good news for all HP Zbook 14 users. It's been few years since I've been using World's first Ultrabook Workstation from HP. Have been fascinated by its performance, reliability. And now, even more performance "upgrades" by some driver updates. Of course it wouldn't go the same level performance as my new HP Zbook Studio G3, but, it delivers unexpected performance increases compare to today's computers/notebooks. And just as simple as this: it just gets faster.
Quadro vs. Geforce. Radeon Pro WX vs. Radeon Pro. All these questions may have lurked into some professional's minds and stayed there as some of them have been tightly adhered by extremely sticky super glue called cost comparison. Up until now, I still get lots of questions from customers/potential customers that are comparing between both.
Hardware: HP Zbook Studio G3
Software: McNeel Rhinoceros v5 for Windows
1990, the year the first time I saw it on the news and fell in love at first sight. The Northrop McDonnell Douglas YF-23, had been my all time jetfighter favorit. I had a dream of flying the RC one for many decades. And in the end, I'm now able to design my own YF-23 and fly it. A bonus: I'm able to share it to the world!
Bimo Adi Prakoso, founder of Sentra Grafika Kompumedia, is an engineering-animation-broadcast industry professional and workstation evangelist. He's been in the Workstation industry since 1996, the era of SGI.