Dell Precision workstations are often used in manufacturing plants to improve product quality. They have the computing power and precision required for complex tools and are also used in real-time monitoring and analysis of manufacturing processes. This is especially important because it is generally accepted in practice that the later an operation is performed in a process chain, the more costly the change will be.
Manufacturing is a globally competitive industry. Here even small companies can find themselves in a situation where they trade or compete with foreign partners.
Operating in the global market can be challenging, as those without cost or other competitive advantage can quickly be ousted. Ongoing competitive pressure forces manufacturers to continually search for ways to learn and innovate throughout the product development cycle.
A simple measure of product development efficiency is the time it takes to market a new component or product. And this will not only shorten the development period, but also bring a spirit of creativity to new, more successful products, created with the following technology advantages in mind:
• more large-scale modeling and testing of alternative projects;
• more developed cooperation with partners, suppliers and customers;
• closer interaction with end users.
This Rapid Product Development Guide introduces and discusses technology designed to impact every key segment of the product development cycle, from idea to production.
Kirsten Billiard, Manufacturing Specialist, Dell Corporation
While there are common tools for drawing up development plans and drawings for computers, illustrating ideas on the screen can be time-consuming and difficult. Dell decided that designers and engineers must be able to “design at the speed of thought” to increase the pace and productivity of work, and to discover opportunities for innovation and creativity.
To this end, Dell Precision Workstations are custom built and customized to work with the leading SOLIDWORKS and Autodesk Design Suite applications. Thanks to the development of both software products, it is now possible to model 3D drawings, which are thoroughly tested before prototyping.
The latest Dell Precision workstations and leading digital prototyping and simulation software enable you to design a variety of designs faster and in greater detail. And with 3D printers ranging from fifth-generation MakerBot to high-resolution multi-material models, these designs can be printed in real time for peer review prior to review.
For SOLIDWORKS, gigahertz is most important, and for Autodesk, balance is the most important.
In the case of SOLIDWORKS, computing power is key to speed, performance, and maximum efficiency. Choose the fastest processor possible and increase the number of processor cores if you need Photovoice 360 for your work. Finding a workstation for your workflow in SOLIDWORKS involves a number of important decisions. For background information, see the product overview and manual on this page. As a minimum, consider this option as a dual-core processor. While more cores will provide better multitasking support and lower running ray rendering times, those using Photovoice 360 can limit themselves to a workstation with a dual-core processor. Whichever you choose, remember that Dell Precision Workstations are certified and optimized for SOLIDWORKS.
Dell Precision T7810 – great for high quality rendering and active use Photovoice 360 dual processor desktop recommended.
Dell Precision T5810 – Suitable for more demanding SOLIDWORKS real-time rendering users, single processor desktop recommended.
Dell Precision T1700 MT – Ideal for entry-level and entry-level SOLIDWORKS use, single-socket mini-tower model recommended.
Finding a workstation with Autodesk is easier than you think. System balancing is important when using Autodesk, which means that the processor, graphics adapter, RAM, and storage must be considered together. Dell publishes many detailed tips. To get started, take a look at the product configuration overview below. However, in principle, choosing the fastest processor can be a good idea. For optimal performance, a quad-core processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology is recommended.
The Dell Precision T7810 is a powerful dual-processor workstation tuned for high-end simulation software (CAE) and CAMS users.
The Dell Precision T5810 Quad Core Tower Workstation is ideal for typical 3D rendering and other computationally intensive tasks.
The Dell Precision M4800, the world’s most powerful 15-inch mobile workstation, is the perfect balance of performance and portability.
The Dell Precision M6800 is the world’s most powerful 17-inch workstation with the performance of a desktop workstation with best-in-class computing and storage capacity.
Whichever software is best suited to your needs, Dell’s close relationship with both ISVs benefits Dell Precision Workstations. These workstations are software agnostic and are ISV certified. Therefore, customers are confident in absolute reliability.
Dell Precision Workstations can be customized to suit your needs and implement Dell-unique features, including the following examples:
Reliable Memory Technology – Dell’s Reliable Memory Technology (RMT) is designed for the professional who value time. It prevents loss of work results and ensures maximum system reliability. The RMT is responsible for detecting hardware errors and multi-bit software errors in DIMMs, correlating the defective area, and informing about the location. On reboot, the RMT, in conjunction with ECC memory, removes the defective area from the visible part of the operating system, allowing users to continue working as if there were no memory defect.
Dell Precision Optimizer 2.0 (DPO) is a free, pre-download custom software tool that has been perfected by Dell engineers and is only installed on Dell Precision workstations. Because DPO is designed to be more productive and automatically adjust system settings when using software such as AutoCAD and SOLIDWORKS, it contributes to significant productivity gains. DPO runs in the background, adjusting system configurations including processor, memory, storage, graphics card, and operating system.
The advantage of the prototype is in the transition from a physical object to a virtual one and vice versa.
Emirates Team New Zealand, using Dell HPC, using SOLIDWORKS for design and Ansys for testing, brought up 750 different simulations per project during aerodynamic dataset testing.
In an increasingly competitive product development environment, traditional physical prototyping becomes prohibitively expensive and time-consuming. Especially when redesign and changes can lead to significant additional costs. However, recent developments in high performance computing (HPC) and 3D printing are accompanied by new prototyping methods that save a lot of time and costs.
At the heart of Dell Precision workstations, Dell’s HPC is harnessed to move from traditional physical prototyping to virtual prototyping. This allows design bureaus and manufacturing plants to perform large-scale simulations in a short amount of time.
Dell HPC lets you efficiently test millions of subtle variations at a high pace and deliver exceptional accuracy when solving design and engineering problems.
At Emirates Team New Zealand preparing for the America’s Cup sailing series, virtual prototyping of nearly every aspect of ship design has revolutionized the way the crew is trained.