It looks and acts like an autonomous robot, but as you watch the machine in action, you realize it’s drawing construction markings. This is HP, so of course, it’s a printer.
At Autodesk University, HP introduced and demonstrated its HP SitePrint robot. The automated robot draws complex construction site layouts in less time than the manual process. SitePrint removes a bottleneck in the construction process. HP noted that the robot can Excellerate productivity by as much as ten times. “The goal of SitePrint is productivity,” Xavi Juarez, director of construction services at HP, told Design News. “We had a team that started working on this more than four years ago. The objective was productivity gains. We did the testing at customer sites. We worked on more than 80 projects.”
SitePrint was designed for autonomous operation, including obstacle avoidance. Juarez noted it can print lines and complex objects accurately with consistent repeatability. The text-printing capabilities bring data from the digital model to the construction site. “The issue this solves is the time it takes to do this work while other construction work waits,” said Juarez. “It’s hard to find skilled people to do this work.”
The concept of SitePrint came from an internal idea competition at HP’s Barcelona research and development center. “It began as an innovation contest for employees. We set up teams that had to go through a process with milestones and validation with customers,” said Juarez. “This was the winning one. After an in-depth investigation, we funded the team for further development and testing.”
According to HP, SitePrint includes a suite of technologies designed to automate the site layout process. The technology includes:
HP brought customers into the development process of SitePrint to make sure the robot was able to deliver the accuracy of a skilled worker. “The existing manual layout process can be slow and labor intensive. Despite being done by specialists, there is always the risk of human error, which can result in costly reworks,” said Albert Zulps, director of emerging technology at Skanska, a construction and development company that utilizes SitePrint on two US projects. “Layout experts are a scarce resource who add a lot of value in terms of planning and strategy, but often end up dedicating most of their time to manual execution.”
HP’s SitePrint robot is available now to customers in North America through an early access program. The final product and a wider commercial launch are planned for 2023. “The manufacturing will be done in Barcelona.,” said Juarez.
Promotion: technology brand HP has invited designers and architects to present a series of talks discussing how forward-thinking design can better meet user needs.
The brand's six webinars cover a range of topics, including changes in residential design following the coronavirus pandemic, designing for workplace environments, how drawing can be a powerful communicative tool, sustainable beach houses and the impact of small, everyday objects.
In the series, HP aims to showcase "how leading certified are helping to build a better world through smarter design and construction".
Swiss design studio Big-Game joined HP for the first webinar in the series, in which studio founders Augustin Scott de Martinville, Grégoire Jeanmonod and Elric Petit discussed "how everyday objects can Excellerate the spaces where we live and work".
The webinar describes a selection of Big-Game's furniture and products that represent the studio's ethos of improving living conditions through smart design and construction.
Robert Palomba, co-founder of interior design studio Palomba Serafini Associati, presented a webinar on the conditions of post-pandemic living standards.
In the talk, Palomba explores changes in how we use our homes following the Covid-19 pandemic and how design can reflect evolving habits.
"A lot of people are starting to think of their homes in a different way," he said. "Before it was just a place to go to sleep or have a shower before going out with friends. Now people are starting to feel their home as a place to stay and a place that has to represent ourselves."
Using their own architectural designs as examples, Brazilian studio FGMF Arquitetos partners Fernando Forete and Lourenço Gimenes led a webinar on the future of designing office spaces.
Forte and Gimenes discuss how workplace design has changed in the last decade and how architects can better meet user needs.
In a webinar titled Balancing Digital and Natural, owner of American practice Olson Kundig Architects Kirsten R Murray proposes office interiors should incorporate natural design elements.
Murray explains that as the workplace has become increasingly digitised, designers must reconsider how the working environment is designed and the importance of providing a connection to nature.
Based in Lagos, Nigeria, architect Tosin Oshinowo presented a talk on the sustainable evolution of West African beach houses.
In the webinar, Oshinowo explores how gaining independence influenced architecture in African countries, tropical modernist design and projects completed by her studio, CmDesign Atelier.
Oshinowo explains how CmDesign Atelier's beach house designs aim "to create comfortable spaces with passive systems of servicing while also being able to incorporate a social sustainability".
For the final webinar in the series, HP invited Two Worlds Design podcast host Hamza Shaikh to discuss the importance of drawings in sparking conversation and "creating a positive impact on society".
In the talk titled Drawing up positive change using architecture, Shaikh explains how he uses drawing as a tool for communicating and unpacks the progression of a sketch to a realised building.
To view more of its webinars visit HP's website.
This article was written by Dezeen for HP as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.
2-in-1 laptop deals don’t get much more appealing than the deal we’ve spotted as part of the HP flash sale right now. You can buy the HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 laptop for $650 saving you $130 off the usual price of $780. A great price for a remarkably powerful productivity device that also includes a touchscreen interface, this is sure to help anyone looking to work on the move from people working from home to students at college. Here’s why it’s worth it.
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One of the more appealing laptop deals at the moment, the HP Pavilion x360 is worth checking out. It has a 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processor along with 16GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage. In an ideal world, we’d have liked to have seen more storage but that’s what cloud services are for. Having 16GB of memory, however, is a huge boon in a world where many laptops at this price still stick with 8GB. Enhancing your multitasking abilities, the HP Pavilion x360 instantly feels like it’s challenging the best 2-in-1 laptops.
It’s certainly well designed, with a 360-degree hinge making it easy to switch between modes, whether you’re looking to provide a presentation or watch a show in tablet or tent mode. Custom-tuned speakers mean it sounds better than you would expect, too. With a wide viewing angle from the Full HD screen, fast charge support, and a more sustainable approach to design, it’s hardly surprising HP is one of the best laptop brands around. It’s a laptop that’s well-designed for many different uses. If you need a laptop to work on your daily commute, it’s lightweight enough for that, while students will love being able to use it as an entertainment device as well as for studying.
Normally priced at $780, the HP Pavilion x360 is down to $650 for a limited time only thanks to HP’s flash sale. The sale ends soon so if you know this is the laptop for you, snap it up now before you miss out. It’s a really appealing option thanks to its great features.
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Not too long ago, automotive journalists would race sports cars or sports sedans against one another to see which is the fastest. Today, the super SUV is the most talked-about segment of the auto industry. With the huge number of options available, we can clearly see why.
While the original Jeep Wagoneer is seen as the first proper SUV, the 1990s BMW X5 holds the title of the start of the modern SUV. Since then, most automakers have followed suit due to the absolute explosion in popularity of the segment. Mercedes-Benz created its own niches within already existing niches and has pocketed them all the way. BMW stuffed a powerful engine in the front of their biggest model and again ignited a trend that is still ongoing. Today, the super SUV fad has even infected the likes of Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrari – three automakers known for their 2-door sports and supercars.
As if to show the world they are still in charge of the segment, BMW recently unveiled their new M-only SUV, the XM – the most powerful of which will feature a higher output than Dodge’s ridiculous supercharged Durango or even Ferrari’s new V12 Purosangue. The question is then, which of the ten best super SUVs would win in a drag race?
The Bentley Bentayga Speed is the top-of-the-range model, sitting above the ‘normal’ W12, V8, and Diesel. The Speed features the same 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 as the Continental and Flying Spur Speed models, meaning 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque going to all four wheels via an 8-speed torque-converter automatic.
The Bentayga competes with the likes of the Lamborghini Urus, Audi RSQ8, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT in terms of performance, but against the Rolls-Royce Cullinan in comfort. The Bentayga is probably the best blend of extravagant luxury and brutal sportiness within the segment.
The Tesla Model X Plaid currently holds the title of the quickest super-SUV on the market, exhibiting an official 0-60 mph time of just 2.5 seconds. This incredible acceleration comes courtesy of three electric motors – one on the front and two in the rear – generating a combined output of 1,020 hp.
While the Model X Plaid is the top-spec model, the standard Model X doesn’t lack in the performance department. Apart from the questionable steering yoke, the Model X Plaid is a great family car thanks to its practicality. In a drag race, the Tesla will definitely be the quickest off the line.
The Audi RSQ8 is built on the same platform as the Bentley Bentayga, but takes a different approach to performance. The Q8 shares much of its components with the Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne, but with a more aggressive design that looks positively sinister when specced in black on black on black.
The RSQ8 features a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, sending all the German horses to all four wheels via a reworked Quattro system. Like the Bentayga, the Audi uses a conventional semi-automatic 8-speed transmission. The official 0-60 mph time is just 3.8 seconds – not at all bad for a vehicle that weighs well over 4,500 lbs.
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The Maserati Levante Trofeo is the long-awaited high-performance V8 version of the Italian family SUV. It gains some subtle exterior upgrades such as a redesigned front and rear bumper, more aggressive side skirts, and a roof-mounted wing on the top.
The signature Maserati triple air vents on the front fenders get red accents and the wheels are sportier-looking designs to accentuate the car’s new stance. Under the hood, there is the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 from the Ferrari F8 Tributo, detuned to around 600 hp and 540 lb-ft of torque. The Levante is slightly heavier than the Audi RSQ8, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds – one-tenth slower.
The Lamborghini Urus is already four years old and has only now received its first major update in the form of the Urus Performante. The sportier version adds around 20 hp to the 640 hp of the standard Urus and loses over 100 lbs in weight for better driving dynamics around a track.
Lamborghini claims the Performante will complete the 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.3 seconds – 0.3 of a second faster than the ‘normal’ version. The Urus P also gets more carbon panels and even more aggressive winglets and canards – all as optional extras to add to the almost $270,000 starting price.
One of only two cars tuned by Porsche’s elite GT Division, the Cayenne Turbo GT currently holds the record for the quickest internal combustion engine production SUV on the market. The Turbo GT features the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the Urus and RSQ8, but produces 631 hp. It also gets larger wheels, massive brakes, lowered suspension, and Alcantara everywhere.
The official 0-60 mph time is 3.3 seconds, but many journalists have managed an impressive 3.1 and an incredible 2.8 second time, destroying everything other than a Tesla Model X Plaid in the process. Granted, the Cayenne Turbo GT starts at nearly $15,000 more than the Turbo S e-Hybrid, but it is still $60,000 less than the cheapest Lamborghini Urus – which it humiliates in performance.
The Dodge Durango is a large, sensible, and practical family SUV with enough space for five people and their stuff, or seven people and some groceries. Then Dodge did the typical Dodge thing and made it better in every way but the fuel economy – they stuffed a Hellcat V8 into it.
The result was the Durango SRT Hellcat which produced more than 700 hp and completed the 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.6 seconds – on par with the 797 hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. The Durango Hellcat completes the quarter mile in just 12 seconds – about as fast as a Chevy Corvette C6 ZR1. The Durango Hellcat will return for the 2023 model year as part of the Hellcat’s last hurrah.
Related: 10 Reasons Why Every Gearhead Should Drive The Dodge Durango Hellcat
Aston Martin decided to not only build an SUV but to build the fastest SUV on the market. Enter the DBX707 – where the number in the name indicates the power figure, much like some American cars do. The DBX707 still features the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from AMG instead of using the 5.2-liter V12 from the DBS, but it is still a rocket ship.
The DBX707 gains launch control – something the normal DBX doesn’t have for whatever reason – and can accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, putting it on par with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. As an added bonus, the Aston also does 193 mph when going flat-out, making it the production SUV with the highest top speed currently on sale.
The Ferrari Purosangue was recently revealed to the world, and everyone was surprised to discover a naturally aspirated V12 under the hood. The Prancing Horse SUV – which Ferrari insists isn’t an SUV – is the first 4-door Ferrari in production if one doesn’t count the Maserati Quattroporte V.
Ferrari claims the Purosangue – meaning ‘purebred’ in Italian – produces 725 hp and will complete the 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.3 seconds. This still needs to be independently tested, but we don’t doubt it. Another of Ferrari’s claims includes a 193-mph top speed – the same as Aston Martin’s DBX707. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens when someone eventually gets to drag-race it in a head-to-head test.
The BMW XM was just unveiled, and it is currently a massively controversial beast. The styling is such that enthusiasts will either like it or hate it, but none can argue about its performance. The XM features the new S68 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to an electric motor between the transmission and the engine.
The regular version will produce 644 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque going to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic. This hybrid system is also used in the new BMW V8 LMDh car. The XM will accelerate from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. BMW announced the ‘Label Red’ model, which will feature the same drivetrain, but boosted to around 740 hp, significantly dropping the 0-60 time. We’ll just have to wait and see for ourselves how a drag race between these super SUVs would play out.
Sweden's premier electric automaker is moving into the SUV space, with the Polestar 3 set to debut on October 12.
The Polestar 3 is the company's attempt to define "the SUV for the electric age." It's built with a focus on design, performance, and driving dynamics. It's an approach that suggests the company is interested in building an electric SUV that offers a compelling driving experience beyond simple transport from point A to point B.
It's set to feature a dual-motor drivetrain with a bias towards the rear. The drivetrain features torque vectoring thanks to a special dual clutch system on the rear motor. As of yet, there's no word yet on power output in the base model, but dual motors will be standard across the range at launch. The Polestar 3 will ride on air suspension, featuring active dampers that can be tuned on the fly for comfort or firmness as required.
“It’s this instant ability to transform from a comfortable cruiser to a sharp, agile performance car in less than the blink of an eye that makes Polestar 3 special as an electric performance SUV," says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. Handling is a key focus for the model, with Ingenlath highlighting that the SUV will have "an exciting feeling behind the wheel."
Those eager to turn things up a notch can choose to spec the Performance Pack. In this guise, the Polestar 3 gets 510 horsepower and delivers 671 lb-ft of torque. That's a healthy cut above the 408 hp of the regular Polestar 2, and even tops the 476 hp of the limited-edition performance model. It also features special suspension tuning and cosmetic touches like seat belts and valve caps finished in "Swedish Gold," a Polestar signature color.
Full details on the Polestar 3 will be revealed next month, with a livestreamed world premiere. If the company's current vehicles are anything to go by, it shouldn't disappoint. Expect a competent electric SUV with impressive handling and compelling acceleration in its Performance Pack guise.
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Mercedes-AMG isn't just transitioning to the electric future, it's kicking the door down. Today the performance brand unveiled the latest Mercedes EQ-branded electric product that it's extracted more performance from and slapped its famous three letters on: The 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE battery-electric SUV.
This is the first battery-electric performance SUV produced by AMG, following on the heels of the larger EQS AMG and EQE AMG sedan and marks its direction going forward. AMG is known for bringing cartoonish levels of performance to Mercedes-Benz vehicles for those who enjoy melting tires as a weekly pastime. As electric vehicle mandates draw ever closer, AMG is taking its hot-rodding approach to the battery-powered future.
Instead of a massively powerful V-8 engine, nestled under the hood the 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE is one of two dual electric motors—the other powers the rear axle from the rear. Combined the two electric motors produce 617 hp and 701 lb-ft, substantial figures for a vehicle this size.
The electric motors are larger than those found in the non-AMG Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV and work with a more powerful inverter. Even more power is available if the AMG Dynamics Plus Package is optioned. That kit includes "Race Start" launch control, which temporarily boosts the SUV's output to 677 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque for eye-popping standing starts. AMG claims that, when using launch mode, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. That would put the EQE AMG in the same performance realm as Tesla's Model Y Performance, which reached 60 mph in 3.5 seconds in our testing. Standard steel brakes bring the electric SUV to a stop but the front brake rotors can be optioned up to carbon ceramic units.
Power comes from a 90.6-kWh battery made from 360 pouch-type cells arranged into 10 modules. The battery management system is specific to this AMG variant and can be upgraded via OTA updates, giving the 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE a bit of software-defined-vehicle (SDV) flavor. The batteries can handle fast charging rates up to 170 kW and can gain up to 100 miles of range in just 15 minutes of charging. The regenerative brakes are capable of generating up to 260 kW of power to send back into the battery and do most of the work to slow the vehicle down. To keep temperatures in check there is an AMG-specific cooling system for the motors and the batteries.
The 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV comes with the brand's obligatory AMG Ride Control+ system with an air suspension and adaptive damping. In the front is a four-link setup, while the rear is multi-link independent with AMG-specific wheel carriers, suspension links, and anti-roll bars. The dampers are taken from the AMG GT 4-door but with a newer design that reacts faster to road conditions with more adjustability. Mercedes-Benz tells us these dampers will standard issue for all AMG vehicles going forward.
The AMG Dynamic Select function provides the user with five driving modes for the user to select: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual. There is no full-time Race mode like in some conventional AMGs, which is a bit odd considering there is that "Race Start" launch control feature, but there is a function that brings up a digitized IWC-branded watch on one of the screens to use as a lap-timer.
When looking at the 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE from the outside there is nothing particularly aggressive in the styling that gives it away as a performance variant. However, there are plenty of sly cues that this is more than a regular EQE that sharp-eyed onlookers might spot. There are the vertical slats in the dummy grille up front that match AMG's signature look, while the traditional Mercedes-Benz crest is replaced by an AMG circular crest on the hood.
All exterior plastic pieces have a smooth surface, too, while the plastic on the non-AMG version is textured. That detail might be hard to discern from a distance, but further differentiating the AMG is color-matched body cladding while the non-AMG cladding is black.
A set of 21-inch wheels wrapped in high-efficiency tires (275/40R21) come standard for the electric SUV but larger 22-inch wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport EV high-performance tires (275/35R22) can be had as an option. In both instances, the tires are wider than those found on the base EQE.
The first thing you'll notice when opening the door to the 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE is that the regular EQE's front seats have been thrown out in favor of AMG sport seats with individual patterns upholstered in MB-Tex with microfiber and red topstitching. Nappa leather is available as an option for those looking for more traditional materials, and customers who so choose also will have three color packages to pick from.
For those who prefer a futuristic aesthetic, Mercedes-Benz's tri-display Hyperscreen is an available option. This setup hides three displays behind a long, curved-glass piece that spans nearly the width of the dashboard, lending the impression of a full-width screen. The MBUX software allows the displays to be personalized to the driver and offers up several options for the user's preferred layout and infotainment suggestions.
We don't have a solid release window from Mercedes-Benz nor do we have a price for the AMG EQE SUV. However, we estimate at the time of this article that the MSRP will be in the neighborhood of $100,000, but the real number could be drastically different. Stay tuned for more information once we get our hands on the 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE for a first drive.
|2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE Specifications|
|BASE PRICE||$100,000 (est)|
|LAYOUT||Front and Rear motor AWD, 5 passenger 4-door SUV|
|MOTORS||617-677-hp/701-738-lb-ft dual permanently excited synchronous motors|
|CURB WEIGHT||5,950 lbs (mfr est)|
|L x W x H||192.1 x 76.0 x 65.8 in|
|0-60 MPH||3.4 sec (mfr est)|
|EPA RANGE, COMB||N/A|