Come and See Us This Week at Our First 3D Friday Event

3D Friday - CAD Software Direct

Our first ever 3D Friday event will be held at our offices this week in Colchester.

We’ll be showing SketchUp with V-Ray, Vectorworks, KeyShot and more. We’ll even have our resident fused filament 3D printer set up and ready to go so you can see how they work up close.

Whether you’re brand new to CAD, or you’ve been using it for as long as you can remember, this is a chance to get together with other designers and CAD enthusiasts to discuss your models, share tips and tricks or test new software.

 

Everyone is welcome and you can find us at:

Colchester Business Centre
1 George Williams Way
Colchester, CO1 2JS

Friday 6th July  –  1pm – 4pm

 

Please be aware that as we share our offices with other businesses, we recommend you use the public parking nearby – Britannia Way, Colchester CO2 7EF.

Leave the carpark and go left, take a short walk up the hill and you’ll find George Williams Way opposite Aldi. Mention at reception that you are here for CAD Software Direct’s 3D Friday where they will direct you to us. We hope to see you there!

Webinar: A V-Ray for Rhino Project From Start to Finish

Register for this free V-Ray for Rhino webinar and learn how to build a project from scratch.

V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino was developed to boost the new features of Rhino 6. It streamlines workflows, minimises render times and offers new flexibility and scalability in hardware and software use, helping to turn Rhino 6 into the ultimate design environment.

In this 45-minute webinar, CG Specialist Anastasia Zhivaeva will explain the process of setting up a project in simple steps. You’ll find out the principles of creating fast, effective and efficient visualisations and she’ll show you the essential tips and tricks every V-Ray Rhino user should know.

In this webinar you’ll learn how to set up:

  • The camera
  • The environment
  • Lighting
  • Shading
  • Atmospheric effects
  • Rendering settings
  • Frame Buffer functionalities
  • Render Elements and compositing

Register Today

Tuesday 26th June, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM BST

Webinar: Orca 3D June 13th – Register For Free

Orca3D Webinar

In the past, marine design with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) was expensive, required the expertise of a specialist, and wasn’t practical on ordinary engineering computers. Now Orca3D Marine CFD has changed all of that, coupling the power and ease-of-use of Rhino, Orca3D, and Simerics MP with specially designed templates to allow naval architects to easily and affordably analyse the hydrodynamic performance of displacement and planing hull designs with confidence in the results. Both monohulls and multihulls can be analysed, and the effects of local design features including steps, flaps, trim tabs, foils, and other appendages can be investigated with high fidelity. With Orca3D Marine CFD, it takes just minutes to set up and start an analysis, and it is practical to run on ordinary engineering laptops or desktops.

Previous webinars have presented the process of going from a hull model in Rhino/Orca3D to a completed CFD analysis (view the recording here). This next webinar will begin with a brief overview of that process and a presentation of benchmarks, and then transition into highlighting recent functionality and speed improvements made to the software. It will then move on to focus on how CFD can be used not just to analyse a design, but also improve it.

Presenters will include our experts as well as a customer who will discuss his real-world experience with Orca3D Marine CFD. After a Q&A session, we will present the very affordable pricing options, and the steps to follow to get a free 30-day evaluation of the software, including technical support.

Sign Up Today

Registration is limited, so reserve your place in the Orca3D webinar today. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar: V-Ray Next for 3DS Max

V-Ray Next for 3DS Max is smarter, faster and more powerful than ever before. It’s packed with clever features, like Scene Intelligence, AI Denoiser and 2X faster V-Ray GPU.

During this free webinar, CG Specialist Atanas Tudzharov will show you how the incredible toolset of V-Ray Next makes it quicker and easier to get stunning results.

Topics covered:

  • Adaptive Dome Light
    Image-based environment lighting is now 2X faster on average and up to 7X faster in some scenes.
  • Point & shoot camera
    The newly redesigned V-Ray Physical Camera can set exposure and white balance automatically.
  • 2X faster GPU rendering
    V-Ray GPU is ready for your high-end production scenes with a new rendering architecture that’s twice as fast.
  • GPU-accelerated volume rendering
    Render realistic smoke, fire, fog and other volumetric effects with the added speed of V-Ray GPU.
  • Interactive AI Denoiser
    Remove noise instantly using the new NVIDIA AI-accelerated denoiser.
  • Lighting Analysis tools
    Accurately measure light levels and render false colour heat maps or light value overlays.
  • Substance Designer and PBR workflow
    Metalness controls the reflection model for the material, from dielectric to metallic and can be used with PBR setups coming from other applications.

Register Now

9AM – 10AM BST
Tuesday 12th June, 2018

V-Ray Next for 3DS Max – Now Available

V-Ray Next for 3DS Max is now available to purchase.

Download Now.

What’s New?

Powerful Scene Intelligence
Automatically analyses your scene to optimise rendering — so you get the best quality in less time.

© Forge & Morrow


Adaptive Dome Light
Faster, cleaner and more accurate image-based environment lighting. Up to 7x faster than before.

© Double Aye


Point & Shoot Camera
Perfect renders are as easy as taking a snapshot with new Automatic Exposure & White Balance.

© Tonic CGI

 


2X Faster GPU Rendering
Fast new GPU rendering architecture with support for more of your favorite high-end production features.

© Dabarti Studio


GPU Volume Rendering
V-Ray GPU now supports blazing fast rendering of volumetric effects like smoke, fire and fog.

© Dabarti Studio


NVIDIA AI Denoiser
Instantly remove noise while rendering. Based on AI-accelerated denoising technology by NVIDIA.


Lighting Analysis
Accurately measure the light levels in your scene using new lighting analysis tools.


Physical Hair Material
Render more realistic-looking hair with accurate highlights and melanin colour controls.


V-Ray Switch Material
Apply several materials to the same object and select the one you want at render time.


V-Ray Plugin Material & Texture
Load any texture or material that’s available in V-Ray Standalone and render it in V-Ray Next.


Denoised Render Elements
Denoise individual render elements for added control in compositing. Supports animation.


Layered Alembic Workflows
Supports Alembic 1.7 and layers for efficient handling and updating of Alembic data.


New V-Ray SDK
V-Ray’s core rendering engine has been optimised for extra speed and added flexibility.


Localised Tooltips
Tooltips are now in multiple languages: Japanese, Korean, Russian, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.


Cloud-Ready
New utility checks your scene to see if it’s ready to render on the cloud with Linux and V-Ray Standalone.


Metalness
The V-Ray Material adds support for PBR shaders with new Metalness reflection controls.

3D Design Challenge – Design Your Perfect Getaway with SketchUp

Sketchup Pro 2018

What is the Competition?

What’s your idea of a perfect getaway? A luxury villa in the Mediterranean? A chalet in the Alps, or a cosy cottage in the Cotswolds? We want you to model it in SketchUp!

What We Want

We want you to model your vision of a perfect luxury bolthole or place to escape it all. It needs to be a structure, modelled in SketchUp, but it could be a villa, an entire hotel (if you have plenty of time on your hands), or even a yacht! It does need to be modelled directly in SketchUp (not imported from another platform) and be your own, original work. We’re looking for designs that make innovative use of SketchUp whilst showcasing a great concept in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Please include a little bit of information on the concept, any particular processes involved in modelling and if you do include a render, which software was used.

What You Could Win

  • The winner will receive £100 in vouchers and a 3D Connexion SpaceMouse Pro worth £279!
  • Your work featured on the Official SketchUp UK social media pages (run by distributor Elmtec) and on CAD Software Direct. Check out the Twitter and  Facebook pages!

How To Enter

What are the Rules?

The competition is open to everyone and users who don’t currently have SketchUp can download the SketchUp Pro 30 day trial here.

Your work can be submitted from now (17th May, 2018) until 5pm 30th June, 2018.

  • Create a 3D model of your perfect getaway home (e.g. villa, house, chalet etc.).
  • Must be modelled in SketchUp / SketchUp Pro
  • The model must not have been previously published anywhere.
  • By entering you consent to your work being featured on SketchUp UK social media.
  • Only one submission per person.
  • The submission can be of your model directly within SketchUp or it can be rendered (in which case we will still need the original skp file).
  • The winning entry will be decided by CAD Software Direct and this decision is final.
  • The winner will be announced on Friday 6th July

Good luck!

Webinar: Improving Planting Design Workflows with Vectorworks Landmark

The Plant Object and Landscape Area tools in Vectorworks® Landmark are tailor made for the site design professional to create, document, and communicate solutions for projects of all sizes.

This presentation will demonstrate the robust 2D and 3D capabilities of these tools, which provide you the ability to visually convey your design intent in all phases of a site’s design while still evoking your personal style. From schematic phases to design development, Vectorworks allows you to easily add plant data that directly informs and parametrically controls plant objects.

Webinar attendees will be able to identify the benefits of Plant Object controls such as placement modes, including individual, hedged, or massed plantings, as well as fixed and variable settings regulating attributes such as plant height, spread, and spacing. Furthermore, whether you work in 2D or in 3D, attendees will see that new technologies also make the construction documentation phase easier thanks to customisable label styles and built-in worksheets that provide dynamic and accurate material counts as planting plans are finalised.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to optimise individual and firm-wide workflows when producing design development and construction documents by using advanced plant placement settings.
  • Understand the visualisation and analysis benefits of immediate 2D/3D representation of plants using parametric plant symbols that generate their own 3D plant graphics.
  • Realise efficiencies gained in design development by incorporating saveable style settings subsequently used to replicate data, size and spacing preferences on plants and landscape areas.

Register Now

Thursday 24th May
7PM – 8PM BST

Webinar: Artlantis 7 Release

Abvent R&D have been hard at work in recent months updating Artlantis and are pleased to announce that Artlantis 7 has been released!

Artlantis 7  boasts a number of new features maximising calculation speed and rendering accuracy. In addition, this latest version introduces Twinlinker, an application allowing users to create and share virtual visits of their Artlantis and Twinmotion projects online instantly and easily. Join a live webinar led by Ildikó Szabó of Abvent who will walk you through a workflow demo of Artlantis 7, highlighting all the fantastic features this latest version has to offer.

New Features:

  • Improved artificial lights: The artificial light sampling method, which is more precise, improves the energy diffusion of the light sources in the 3D scene and reinforces the reflection of the satin materials with a brighter gloss.
  • Adaptative anti-aliasing: Smarter anti-aliasing makes it possible to detect the areas to be treated, optimising calculation and reducing rendering times as a result, with no alteration of the quality of the image.
  • Twinlinker, the virtual visits app: Developed by Abvent R&D, Twinlinker allows you to create and share virtual visits of your projects online instantly and easily. Just export your images, panoramas and videos created in Artlantis 7 to Twinlinker, then link them to create virtual visits to share widely by email (a simple link) or make available on your website.

Register Now

Wednesday 16th May

8AM – 9AM BST
4PM – 5PM BST

Wednesday 6th June

8AM – 9AM BST
4PM – 5PM BST

Webinar: Leveraging The Power of PDF in BIM Workflows

Project delivery is still dominated by the production, exchange, and use of documents to describe the scope and elements of a building’s construction. PDF is now at the heart of that mode of delivery in the larger BIM process. By pairing Vectorworks and Bluebeam, architects and their collaborators are able to leverage the best features of both platforms to provide more complete, clear, and relevant information to project stakeholders, in a format many are already familiar with.

Join industry experts from Vectorworks and Bluebeam as they showcase the latest PDF features of Vectorworks Architect, the new workflow integration with Bluebeam Studio, and collaborative project workflows leveraging Bluebeam Revu.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the project delivery process in a BIM workflow.
  • Discover how PDF plays a role in the larger BIM collaborative process.
  • Describe the advantages of using PDF in the collaborative process and why it is the preferred method of communication with specific project stakeholders.
  • Understand how to utilise PDFs throughout different phases of a project.

Register Now

Thursday 10th May, 2018
7 PM – 8PM BST

Webinar: KeyShot Viewer – Interactive Presentations and Configurators

The KeyShot Viewer is an all-new, free application that allows you to send KeyShot scenes and present interactive product configurations. Find out more about how to use the KeyShot Viewer in your workflow!
Sign up quickly as space is limited!
In this Webinar:
  • How the KeyShot Viewer Works
  • Setting Up Scenes
  • Sharing Your Scenes
  • Where to Get KeyShot Viewer
  • Q&A

Thursday 26th April, 2018
6 PM – 7 pM BST