New HP PageWide XL Models for Large-Format Technical-Document Printing

On November 13th at Autodesk University, HP Inc. announced new hardware and solutions for printing in the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries.

HP introduced new faster HP PageWide XL printers that print up to 15 D/A1 ppm compared to the HP PageWide XL at 10 ppm), as well as new Z by HP portfolio enhancements, and advances in virtual reality (VR).

The new technology makes its debut in the HP showcase (#A451) of new printing hardware and solutions designed to be intuitive and efficient for Autodesk users.

Technical Print Production with Faster Entry-Level PageWide XL solutions

Now 25 percent faster at the same price, the new upgraded color-inkjet HP PageWide XL 4600 Printer and MFP and HP PageWide XL 4100 Printer and MFP are said to be the most cost-effective solutions in the PageWide XL portfolio for enterprise and public-sector users, including architects and engineers, for fast and easy printing with a consolidated printing workflow.

With more than 7,000 units shipped and 5 billion ft² (500 million m2) printed since the HP PageWide XL printer launch in 2015, HP says more customers are discovering the value the market-leading HP PageWide XL printers bring to businesses worldwide. HP notes that its HP PageWide XL printers portfolio is a worldwide market leader in high-volume and mid-volume both in the United Sates and in Canada, representing 40 percent of market the share according to IDC market share data result from August 2018, growing 9 percent year-over-year.

The firm also says that its  PageWide XL printers do the job of two printers in a single device, providing both monochrome and color prints at breakthrough speeds: the Power of One.

Friction-less Large-Format Printing Experience

According to HP, 85 percent of design creators need help when printing in large format. HP says it’s focused on delivering seamless print experiences with new solutions to enable creativity, productivity, and smarter ways to bridge the physical print with the digital world. Designed to simplify how AEC businesses print, users have access to one-click solutions and can virtually print anytime and anywhere from all devices.

Simple print solutions include:

HP Click: This one-click desktop printing software gives customers the confidence to “print right the first time.” HP Click now enhances the users batch-printing experience with just one click by optimizing media usage and costs while achieving error-free printing.

HP Smart App: A mobile app designed to print, scan, and share content now enables users to print content from the cloud from virtually anywhere with transparency and control.

HP Poster App: An easy online design tool to create and print professional looking posters with the largest collection of free and premium content. Now users have access with a direct and easy printing with HP Click.

Guayente Sanmartín, general manager and Global Head of the HP Large Format Design Printing group commented: “In a world with a 100-percent digital construction vision, paper is still the most common tool used in the field. Small businesses in the AEC industry require the right tools to bridge physical prints with dynamic digital solutions, like CAD software. HP’s vision is to merge the best of the physical and digital worlds to have everybody on the same page.”

HP also reported that it’s  collaborating with customers around the world on a pilot program focused on using augmented reality technologies to help reduce errors caused by outdated plans.

“The HP Augmented Print solution has enormous potential. It bridges the gap between digital and paper. We are excited to work with HP to improve our customers’ construction projects,”  commented Roberto Molinos, CEO and founder of Modelical.

At Autodesk University, HP will also showcase its HP ZBook mobiles and a VR “snacking” tool.

New PC Workstations

The new Z by HP portfolio including HP ZBook mobile workstations, HP Z desktops such as the  HP Z2 Mini, and the  HP Z8, as well HP DreamColor displays, are said to provide the powerful productivity, versatility, and security today’s users require.

The HP ZBook StudioHP ZBook Studio x360HP ZBook 15, and HP ZBook 17 have been enhanced with greater processing power, innovative security features, and bright displays. The performance increase, with six-core Intel Core i9 processors, will enable users to tackle heavier workloads, such as video editing and 3D rendering. The expanded memory option of up to 32 GB of memory (expandable up to 128 GB depending on model) allows users to work faster with large amounts of data. New security feature RAID 1 gives users mirrored SSD storage, providing peace of mind by always providing back up for valuable data.

Tackling VR in New Ways

For architects, product designers, developers and educators, HP revealed its Opera Glass proof-of-concept for “VR snacking.” The HP Labs innovation enables “VR snacking” users to quickly and easily switch between primary display and VR headset while seated or standing at a desk. With this technology, users can quickly enter and exit their VR environment, seamlessly integrate with a traditional workflow, and quickly share a VR experience with a group.

Furthering its commitment to delivering a comprehensive VR solution, HP is working with Theia Interactive, a developer that creates world-class VR visualizations for architecture, manufacturing, and beyond. Theia has extensive experience creating architectural walkthroughs, interior design configurators, XR product demonstrations, virtual reality training simulators, and marketing experiences for brands.

The HP PageWide XL 4600 and HP PageWide XL 4100 Printer series are scheduled to be available by December 1, 2018 in the United States, Canada, and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa). Specific country releases will follow. Pricing is as follows:

The HP ZBook Studio x360 is available now for a starting price of $1,499.

The HP ZBook Studio is available now for a starting price of $1,349.

The HP ZBook 15 is available now for a starting price of $1,349

The HP ZBook 17 is available now for a starting price of $1,349.

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