Win Prizes by Designing Your Own Eco-Home in Vectorworks

Vectorworks Eco Competition

It’s time for another CAD Software Direct competition with prizes for the taking – this time in collaboration with VectorworksUK! We’re looking for the best Eco-Home designs to be in with the chance to win:

  • 2 x 3-Hour one-to-one online training sessions with a Vectorworks expert
  • A SpaceMouse Compact (worth £125!)
  • Vectorworks swag
  • Bragging rights and your work showcased on our social media channels

While there is no single definition as to what constitutes an ‘Eco-Home’, we’re looking for a design that is innovative, with a minimal environmental impact both in construction and use.

Our Vectorworks Eco-Home competition is now open, and to be in the running, entrants need to:

Submit designs by
July 17th 2020

Reducing energy bills, using sustainable materials, and utilising efficient construction practices are just a few ways of making your designs eco-friendly. Whether you want to go carbon neutral, holistic, or biophilic, you can consider the following as a handful of examples:

  • Insulation
  • Solar panels
  • Renewable heating
  • Efficient glazing
  • Ventilation
  • Natural materials
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • LED Lighting
  • Surrounding flora for wildlife

We’ll be looking at the composition and modelling skill when judging, as well as the thought you’ve put into making the design have as positive an environmental impact as possible. Any renders you produce are a bonus to impress us, and as long as it was made in Vectorworks, there are no restrictions on third-party plugins or renderers used. No downloading from 3D libraries though!

Whether you’ve made something in the past, or it’s something you’re in the middle of right now, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to start from scratch if you don’t want to. We’re accepting any entries as long as you can rightfully call the work yours.

Send us the original .vwx file, as well as any renders or supporting materials you want us to see. The supporting brief you provide explaining your design doesn’t have to be much, but do your best to let us know just what is so ‘eco’ about your design!

Submit your entries by emailing us on
vectorworks@cadsoftwaredirect.com

First place prize will win two one-to-one online training sessions and the SpaceMouse Compact, perfect for taking your designs to the next level. You’ll also get some Vectorworks swag and have your work featured and credited on the social media channels between ourselves and Vectorworks UK!

We’re accepting submissions now, so get going, and remember the deadline is July 17th 2020.

Competition closes at midnight July 17th 2020 . CAD Software Direct’s decision is final. By entering, you agree for your entry to be featured across CAD Software Direct and Vectorworks UK’s social media channels.

BobCAD V32 Service Pack 3 Released

BobCAD V32 SP3

The third update for BobCAD V32 is out now, and includes the following corrections:

CAD

Corrected an issue which prevented certain DWG text entities from being imported properly.

Posting

Corrected an issue which caused incorrect coordinates to be output in incremental mode for linear axis when using a scale factor.

Corrected an issue which caused the computer to log out of the Windows User Account when Post and Save As was used on certain work stations.

If you’re already using V32, click here for the free update to Service Pack 3.

Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase

Vectorworks Energy Modelling

Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase
Tuesday 2nd June – 14:00 BST

Free Webinar

In this free webinar, Architecture Industry Specialist Luka Stefanovic will show you how to assess the energy performance of a building at the beginning stages of an integrated design process.

With climate change and sustainable design at the forefront of many people’s thoughts when designing for the future, integrated tools can help your efficiency and decision making. With better insights, architects can make more informed design decisions.

Vectorworks Subscriptions Now Available!

Vectorworks Subscription Plans

Vectorworks subscription plans are the best way to get Vectorworks at a reduced upfront cost for the length of time you need. They’re flexible, cost effective, and always keep you up to date with the latest features. Choose the plan that’s right for you!

Vectorworks Subscriptions

Use Vectorworks Anywhere
Use the software in the office, at home, or even on the commute.

Stay Up To Date With The Latest Releases
You’ll get instant access to new software releases and improvements as they launch.

Simple Subscription Management
Your Customer Portal lets you manage your software licences directly from your own account.

Direct Technical Support
As a subscriber, you have access to helpful documentation, tutorials, training videos, and community support forums online. You’ll even be able to speak to someone over email or the phone if you prefer.

Take Advantage Of Flexibility
For short-term needs such as temporary staff of one-off projects, monthly subscriptions are ideal. Your subscription will automatically renew each month, but you have the control to cancel up to four days before your renewal date, avoiding charges for the next billing cycle.

Alternatively, annual subscriptions are a cost-effective way to maintain a subscription for 12 months. With a yearly subscription you’ll pay for 10 months and get two months free, versus a monthly subscription, billed annually. As with the monthly subscription, you have the control to cancel up to four days before your renewal date.

Spreading the Cost of A Perpetual Licence

If you would rather a perpetual Vectorworks licence, but would prefer to spread the payments, we’ve got plenty of options available. Find out more here:

Spreading Vectorworks Payments

If you’re unsure whether Vectorworks is for you, why not try a Free Vectorworks Trial?

Automotive Materials and Lighting in KeyShot

KeyShot Automotive Webinar

Advanced Automotive Material and Lighting in KeyShot
10:00 – 11:00 PDT (18:00 – 19:00 BST)
Thursday, May 28th 2020

Register Here

Register for this free webinar to learn all about how to make car paint, metal, and tyre materials really pop in your designs.

Guest presenter and CGI expert, Tim Feher from KeyShot Studios, will take you behind the scenes of the process to create incredible automotive visuals.

Product Drawings Made Easy with KeyShot

KeyShot Product Design Tips

Did you know that it’s easy to create technical illustrations and product line art directly within KeyShot? Dynamic product drawings and exploded views are quick and convenient to create by using the same model you used for production visuals. All you need is the Toon material.

Using the KeyShot Toon Material

Using just one 3D model, you can go from photo-realistic render, to technical line drawing or exploded an view for assembly instructions in just a few steps.

Apply The Toon Material

Select either your whole model, or just the part you want to work with, and apply the Toon material. There are 25 Toon presets already available in the KeyShot Material Library, or you can double-click your selection to view the Material Properties windows to select Toon from here.

If you’re using KeyShot Pro, you can change all parts to Toon by going to the Scene tab and expand the Model Set pane. Add a new Model Set keeping Link Materials unchecked. Back in the Material Library, drag and drop a Toon material on the top-level item to see all items in that group change to the Toon material. You’ll see results instantly, and can adjust contours by double-clicking the item with Toon applied.

Adjust the Toon Settings

You can add depth to your design by opening the material’s Advanced Settings and switching Environment Shadows on. These can be further adjusted under the Environment tab.

Increasing the transparency on selected components can help make different parts of the design stand out more than others. To achieve this, adjust the Transparency slider found under the Material properties.

You can also highlight selected parts by changing the base colour. Again, under the Material properties, click the Colour swatch to choose one you like.

Learn More About Toon

The tips above will help you produce great illustrations, but there are many more ways to customise Toon to really make your designs stand out. For the full guide, check out Toon in the KeyShot Manual.

If you would like to try KeyShot for yourself, why not request a Free KeyShot Trial?

VisualARQ supports Cloud Zoo!

VisualARQ 2.8

Did you know that VisualARQ 2.8 supports Cloud Zoo to manage floating licenses online? All you need to do is add the license to your Rhino account to use the same license on any internet connected computer!

Download VisualARQ 2.8

This latest version of VisualARQ features new plan cut and visibility settings. Objects above or below the cut plane can be displayed in plan views and objects above cut plane can be displayed using overhead attributes.

Example of the overhead attributes of a roof in a plan view.

To see this feature in full, check out the video below:

System Design and Signal Flow Diagrams with ConnectCAD and Vectorworks

ConnectCAD

If you need to create signal flow diagrams and would benefit from system design software, look no further than ConnectCAD for Vectorworks.

Managing connected systems has never been easier as ConnectCAD offers the ability to create easy-to-read schematic drawings and diagram rack layouts. You can work in a hybrid 2D/3D environment, check for errors and easily make changes, all while generating detailed reports.

As ConnectCAD is built to work with Vectorworks Spotlight, you can be confident that industry standard, flexible, robust design and documentation capabilities are in your hands.

Take advantage of an extensive manufacturer library, giving users everything they need to design with confidence.

ConnectCAD diagram worksheets with amp servers

Connect signals with a wide variety of cable types and lengths. Create reports once you’ve completed your layouts in a convenient format, great for updating as a final list. Then, easily compare what has been changed through iterations when showing to a client.

connectCAD

ConnectCAD is ideal for broadcast system integrators, AV integrators, home automation contractors, CCTV installers, marine luxury yacht system installers, and sound/lighting/exhibition designers etc. ConnectCAD makes it easier for system designers to start from an idea all the way to installation.

If you would like to try Vectorworks, request a free Vectorworks trial.
Interested in ConnectCAD? Contact us and we’ll add it to your Vectorworks trial!

V-Ray Next for Revit – Update 1 is Here

V-Ray Next for Revit

Revit 2021 is now fully supported by V-Ray for Revit, and you can leverage even more performance with NVIDIA RTX support.

Download Now

What Else is New?

In addition to Revit 2021 and RTX support, here are the new features you will have access to:

View-specific Settings
Render and maintain multiple views with individual lighting, mood and composition. Whether it’s a bright exterior or a night time interior, you can quickly switch between the two within the same project.

New Grass/Fur Workflow
Create more realistic furry surfaces, such as grass and fabrics, with the new and extended V-Ray Fur workflow.

Sun Animation
V-Ray now adds extra realism to Revit’s Solar Study. Explore and visualise the impact of natural light and shadows on your designs across a variety of time spans.

Batch Rendering
Leave V-Ray to render your project images while you are away. Batch rendering helps you to schedule multiple views for rendering with a click of a button.

Transfer Auto Values
Reduce the amount of time you spend adjusting renders with automatically calculated exposure and white balance values. Values are now displayed in a single click and can be further adjusted manually.

Colour Assistant
V-Ray Colour Picker’s new extension saves time by suggesting a colour shade palette to choose the right colour for your designs

Material Picker
Replacing a Revit material with a V-Ray material has never been easier. Pick a surface in Revit view and instantly locate its material in the Appearance Manager.

V-Ray for Revit is available now at CAD Software Direct

Altair Accelerates Engineering Simulations with NVIDIA GPUs

Nvidia GPUs with Altair

Whether analysing fluid dynamics or performance, engineers need to create high-quality simulations long before a physical prototype takes shape.

To help engineers gain deeper insights into their designs, Altair AcuSolve and Thea Render — now offer enhanced support for NVIDIA GPUs, which produce incredible performance and speedups.

AcuSolve Enhances CAE Workflows

AcuSolve is a general-purpose CFD software that helps engineers simulate the fluid flow with turbulence and heat transfer of a design. With NVIDIA GPUs, AcuSolve users can perform simulations up to 4x faster than on CPU only configuration.

With RTX Server powering Altair users can design new models faster and more efficiently
© Altair

Thea Render Brings Design to Life

Thea Render, a powerful 3D rendering and animation tool, enables engineers to visualise realistic previews of their work, and the CUDA-based renderer can now deliver ray tracing with the NVIDIA OptiX AI-accelerated denoiser. In addition, Altair Inspire Studio leverages GPU-accelerated AI to reduce the time it takes to render high-quality, noiseless images.

Altair applications use CUDA, the parallel computing and programming platform featured on NVIDIA GPUs, to gain significant increases in speed and throughput. This lets engineers freely and quickly explore designs and make decisions based on more accurate results.

RTX Server Accelerates Computations

In addition to GPU support, Altair announced NVIDIA RTX Server validation of Altair ultraFluidX, an aerodynamics CFD software, as well as Altair nanoFluidX, a particle-based CFD software.

With RTX Server powering Altair ultraFluidX and nanoFluidX, users can design new models faster and more efficiently during the day on NVIDIA Quadro virtual workstations. The same RTX Server can then be used to complete large-scale CFD simulations overnight instead of taking days to compute the data.

When engineers arrive the next morning, the simulations are ready for them to analyse. This allows teams to understand the performance, behaviour and mechanics of their models earlier in the design process — all while using a more energy-efficient computing system that’s accessible on premises or in the cloud.

Altair software and NVIDIA GPUs are available now at CAD Software Direct