Our Free to Attend 3D Friday is Back this September

3D Friday Event

Interested in how buildings get built?

3D Friday is back, and this time we have Vectorworks joining us for a live demo walking you through a typical architectural design process. Held at Firstsite in Colchester, you’ll also have a chance to get hands on with our Oculus Rift VR set, browse some 3D modelling and CADCAM applications, and more!

20th September 2019 – 1pm to 4pm
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Firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High Street Colchester
Essex, CO1 1JH

Vectorworks Presents “The CUBE”

Architect Product Specialist, Luka Stefanovic, will be on hand showing the process of modeling a project in Vectorworks Architect whilst following UK BIM standards.

In this live demo, you’ll learn about BIM standards and the framework, as well as be guided through RIBA design stages and follow along with a complete typical architectural design process.

The presentation will show various parametric tools, along with some new features from Vectorworks 2019. We might even see a preview of some brand new features ahead of Vectorworks 2020… Once the presentation is over, there will be plenty of time for Q & A, and an opportunity to see what else we have.

Try Virtual Reality with our Oculus Rift

If you want to know how VR can benefit your business, or you just want to see what it’s like for yourself, come on in and have a go! We’ll be showing 360 degree images rendered in V-Ray, as well as some interactive KeyShot scenes.

Learn About CAD CAM for Engineering

If you’re more of an engineer interested in machining parts, we’ll have BobCAD set up as well so you can take a look at how 3D CADCAM makes milling, turning, nesting and more, easier than ever.

20th September 2019 – 1pm to 4pm
Register Now >

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High Street Colchester
Essex, CO1 1JH

KeyVR Webinar Recording Available Now

KeyShot KeyVR

The “Creating Immersive VR Product Experiences with KeyVR” webinar recording is now available to watch on demand.

If you’re interested in KeyVR, contact us now for a free trial.

What is KeyVR?

KeyShot and KeyVR are both built upon the core framework of the KeyShot application, which allows us to share many core application features, such as asset loading, while providing for “one-click” access to KeyVR from inside a KeyShot scene.

The fundamental difference between the two applications is how the data is visualised to end users. In traditional KeyShot, we use CPU-based Ray Tracing to produce a photo-real image (or depending on the materials, a stylised image, such as with toon shading).

The goal with KeyShot is to allow a user to quickly produce a final image or animation for design, marketing or manufacturing at the highest fidelity needed for the deliverable. With KeyVR, the same dataset is pushed to a GPU-based rendering platform that has been optimised for VR viewing on supported hardware. This rendering path has been designed from the ground up to create a VR experience that allows users to quickly see their designs in context, while being able to move around the model and make adjustments as they would in a real world studio. 

In order to provide this “virtual world” experience, the visual quality in KeyVR can differ significantly from KeyShot, depending on the materials and models used. KeyVR is not designed to replace KeyShot as a visualisation solution, but is rather a complementary component to assist users in further exploring their design intentions.

Advantages of KeyVR

  • One-click – KeyVR is the quickest way to view your scene in virtual reality. From KeyShot, hit the VR icon to be transported into KeyVR for a One-Click VR experience.
  • Fast & Easy – KeyVR performance is unmatched, just like you would expect from the creators of KeyShot. KeyVR is GPU-powered, optimized for VR viewing, and capable of loading large data sets.
  • Minimal Prep – KeyVR eliminates the complex setup and asset prep required by other solutions. Simply, add materials and lighting as you normally would normally in KeyShot, then open in KeyVR.
  • No Coding – KeyVR doesn’t require convoluted programming. It doesn’t require outsourcing development, bringing on dedicated VR developers, or forcing conditions for your models to work in VR.
  • Powerful – KeyVR brings you power in a tool built for designers. It enables a return to the creative process instead of VR development oversight and brings more visualisation options to your workflow.

Remember…

 KeyVR is NOT a KeyShot add-on (it does not require KeyShot to be installed)
• KeyVR is a new product to explore KeyShot scenes interactively
• KeyVR opens KeyShot .bip and .ksp files generated from any KeyShot version (KeyShot 8 recommended)
• KeyShot will work alongside any version of KeyShot
• To export from KeyShot to KeyVR, KeyShot 8 is required
• KeyVR is currently only available as a node-locked license
• KeyVR will work with any commercial KeyShot edition (KeyShot Pro, KeyShot HD, KeyShot Floating, KeyShot Enterprise). It can not be licensed or installed as a floating product.
• KeyVR is currently only available for Windows

KeyVR Requirements

Prerequisites:
KeyShot 8 (for one-click KeyShot to KeyVR)

OS:
Windows 7 and up

Recommended Hardware:
Windows PC with VR ready GPU (GTX1080, Vega64 or better)

Currently Supported Headsets:
Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Windows Mixed Reality headsets

Interested in KeyVR?

Contact us! We can get you set up with a free trial, as well as run you through any questions you might have.

At Least 15% Off Sale This Summer

15% OFF for Summer

We don’t need any excuse other than the sun being out to celebrate summer with some discounts!

From now until August 30th 2019, we’ve got at least 15% OFF RRP on a wide range of 3D software. Whether you’re in product design, mechanical engineering, visual effects or architecture, you’ll find a good deal.

Save on Altair

Enter SUMMER15 at checkout on Evolve and Inspire.

Leverage solidThinking’s robust solution set for Model-Based Development, Concept Design and Manufacturing Simulation.

Inspire
Powerful and easy-to-use Generative Design/Topology Optimisation and rapid simulation solution for design engineers.

Evolve
A high quality 3D Hybrid Modeling and Rendering environment that enables industrial designers to evaluate, research and visualise designs.

Save on Thea Render

Enter SUMMER15 at checkout on Thea for SketchUp, Thea for Rhino and Thea for Cinema 4D.

Unbiased, Biased and GPU Rendering
Thea Render is a physically-based global illumination renderer of high quality, using state-of-the-art techniques.

Presto Engine
Thea Presto is an advanced rendering engine that has been written from the ground up and is optimised for simultaneous GPU (NVIDIA & AMD) and CPU execution, maximising your computing power.

Save on Maxwell

Enter EXSUMMER15 at checkout on all new licenses of Maxwell V4 including Maxwell for SketchUp, Maxwell for 3ds Max and more.

Non-biased rendering – Maxwell Render Studio is a standalone render engine for making perfect images, films and animations from 3D models. It is the complete solution for anyone who demands immaculate results on a deadline. Maxwell Render is now also available as a plugin for a wide range of modellers. Please visit our Maxwell Render category for more information.

Save on RealFlow

Enter EXSUMMER15 at checkout on all new licenses of RealFlow including RealFlow Cinema 4D, RealFlow 3ds Max and more.

Non-biased rendering – Maxwell Render Studio is a standalone render engine for making perfect images, films and animations from 3D models. It is the complete solution for anyone who demands immaculate results on a deadline. Maxwell Render is now also available as a plugin for a wide range of modellers. Please visit our Maxwell Render category for more information.

Save on formZ

Enter EXSUMMER15 at checkout on formZ Jr and formZ Pro.

Architectural 3D – formZ pro is the full version ready to assist you with all of your 3D modeling needs. Animation, layout, and a customizable interface are all here. If you can imagine a form, you can build it with formZ pro. formZ Pro is a general purpose 3D solids and surface modeler. Not only can you build any form you imagine with formZ, it can also ignite discoveries of forms that you may not have thought of otherwise. formZ, the 3D form synthesizer, is above all a 3D modeling program, even though it also includes drafting, rendering and animation. Additional photorealistic rendering is offered by formZ RenderZone.

Save on BobCAD

Enter SUMMER15 at checkout on BobCAD products including BobCAD Mill and BobCAD Lathe.

CAD-CAM Solutions for Your CNC Business
Faster cuts with a modern interface, BobCAD-CAM is powerful, modular software designed to help shops of all sizes.

CAM Software and Modules
Machine parts faster and easier with BobCAD-CAM. Alternatively, leverage the Solidworks environment with BobCAM for time-saving toolpath capabilities right within Solidworks.

Support & Maintenance
BobCAD-CAM offer a variety of Email, Standard and Premium support packages for both BobCAD-CAM and BobCAM for Solidworks to fit any budget. Advantage Plans are also available to allow you to always work in an up-to-date CAD/CAM development environment. Stay competitive and improve operational efficiency with the most current tool to maximise your investment.

Student SketchUp for Summer Competition

SketchUp Competition

CAD Software Direct are excited to announce our latest 3D competition with a top prize available for the taking!  Things are a little different this time around because we don’t have the theme or brief…you do!

We want you to send us your course brief and the work you created for it. It doesn’t matter if you were tasked with recreating a local landmark, visualising an interior space, or designing a fresh new product – as long as your project was made in SketchUp it’s fair game.

Student SketchUp for Summer is now open, and to be in the running entrants need to:

Submit designs by
August 30th 2019

Have you built a car, designed a sound stage, recreated a village, or even precisely measured up machinery components for CADCAM? It’s up to you to convince us that your entry is the best of the lot.

We’ll be looking at the composition and geometry when judging, as well as how accurately we think you met your course aims. Any renders you produce are bonus points to impress us even more! Again, as long as it is made in SketchUp, there are no restrictions on plugins or renderers used either. It has to all be your own work though – no downloading from 3D warehouse or other 3D libraries!

Our Perfect Getaway competition last year had some cracking entries, so be sure to bring your A-Game.

Previous Winner Chad Slaney’s Perfect Getaway.

Maybe you’ve made something in the past that you’re proud of, or something you’re already working on just needs some finishing touches – you don’t have to start from scratch. We’re accepting entries for existing work too, as long as you can rightfully call it yours.

Send us the original .skp file, as well as any renders or supporting materials you want us to see. The brief doesn’t have to be much, just let us know the title of your course or module and any details about the aims or expected outcomes.

Submit your entries by emailing us
sketchup@cadsoftwaredirect.com

First place will be given a perpetual SketchUp Pro license worth £547 (including one year of maintenance and support to automatically be upgraded to SketchUp 2020 on release), perfect for taking on your first clients right out the gate. Already got a SketchUp Pro Commercial license and don’t want another? We’ll find something special to send your way instead! You’ll also have your work featured alongside other entries on the SketchUp UK website and instagram for extra bragging rights.

We’re accepting submissions now, so get going, and remember the deadline is August 30th 2019.

Competition closes at midnight August 30th 2019. CAD Software Direct’s decision is final. By entering, you agree for your entry to be featured across CAD Software Direct and SketchUp UK social media channels.

Dive into Summer with RealFlow – 21% OFF Deal Extended

RealFlow Offer

We’ve still got 21% OFF RealFlow across all new licenses to celebrate the continuation of a scorching summer!

Enter RFSUMMER at checkout to have the discount applied.

The RRP discount is available for new licenses on Realflow 10, RealFlow Cinema 4D, RealFlow Maya and RealFlow 3DS Max.

Vectorworks Render Quality – Architect

Vectorworks Render Quality

Unlike a lot of 3D applications, Vectorworks features a high quality renderer built in and included as standard. Whether you’re creating OpenGL, draft or final quality renderings, you’ve got all the tools you need straight out the box.

If you’re ever in any doubt as to just how good Vectorworks renders can look, see below for a selection of renderings created using Vectorworks Architect:

Astor

© Astor | Courtesy of Osar Architects

Astor

© Astor | Courtesy of Osar Architects

Impress clients with your renders by adding realism without big time investment. For example, working with Depth of Field and adjusting F-Stops will create a realistic focus distance and add the right amount of blur to contrast your focal points. Once you’ve worked on your lighting, a bit of lit fog (if relevant to your scene) can add an extra layer of depth as well.

Scott Sports

© Scott Sports SA Headquarters | Courtesy of Itten+Brechbühl AG

A high quality render requires high resolution. Be sure to change the web standard 72dpi to at least 300dpi for quality good enough to print.

Pontoon Dock

© Pontoon Dock | Courtesy of Assael Architecture

Lighting can make all the difference when looking for quality in a render. If you’re willing to exchange a little render time for better quality, enable indirect lighting and ambient occlusion. Glowing textures and lights will bounce around the scene and create a more cohesive environment.

ZAC Masséna

© Hamonic+Masson Associés

ZAC Masséna

© Hamonic+Masson Associés

ZAC Masséna

© Hamonic+Masson Associés

BIM models are often designed for the technical benefits they provide, but these same BIM models can be used to great effect in presentations and visualisations for clients when selling and articulating creative concepts. Vectorworks helps you turn your 3D data into stunning images to win more business.

Villanova Icône

© VILLANOVA ICÔNE |Hamonic+Masson Associés

Buy Vectorworks now at CAD Software Direct.

Webinar: Creating Immersive VR Product Experiences with KeyVR

KeyVR Webinar

Level up your product experiences with KeyVR, virtual reality from the makers of KeyShot!

Learn how to set up your scenes for KeyVR, important model and material considerations, best practices for interacting with models, materials and cameras, recommended hardware, and how to leverage physics for optimal user engagement and immersion. Sign up soon as space is limited!

Thursday June 27th, 18:00 – 19:00 BST (10-11 PDT)

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In this webinar:

  • Recommended hardware requirements
  • Setting up scenes for KeyVR and the importance of 1:1 model scale
  • Workflows for optimal model structure and tessellation, and materials
  • Best practices for optimal scene interactivity in KeyVR
  • Harness Physics to increase user engagement when manipulating models
  • Q&A

 

KeyVR Webinar

Dive into Summer with RealFlow – One Day Only Deal

RealFlow Summer

The first official day of summer is June 21st, so we’ve got 21% OFF RealFlow across all new licenses to celebrate.

Enter RFSUMMER at checkout to have the discount applied.

The RRP discount is available for new licenses on Realflow 10, RealFlow Cinema 4D, RealFlow Maya and RealFlow 3DS Max.

3D Friday is Back! Come and see us June 14th in Colchester

3D Friday

We’re opening our doors again for another 3D Friday this June in Colchester!

For 3D architectural, urban, interior and product design we’ll be showing SketchUp and Vectorworks. To complement 3D modelling, we’ll also have some renderers including KeyShot and V-Ray. We’ll even have a full Oculus Rift setup with KeyVR for you to try demonstrating how virtual reality can be used for business.

If you’re more of an engineer, we’ll have BobCAD available as well as some exciting new software packages to explore.

Our resident fused filament 3D printer will make a return too 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 14th June  –  1pm – 4pm

 

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!

KeyShot Product Rendering Webinar

KeyShot Product Rendering

CGI Pro Tim Feher will take you through the complete start-to-finish process to create amazing product visuals in KeyShot. Register quickly and join in early as space is limited!

Thursday 30th May 2019, 6PM – 7PM BST
Register Now

In this webinar:

  • How to set up your 3D model
  • Creating Environments
  • Add your Cameras
  • Adding Image Styles
  • Bringing it together with Studios
  • The top HDRI Editor tips
  • Using the Material Graph
  • Optimise your render settings
  • Using render passes in post work
  • Q&A