Using KeyShot 4, 5 or 6? Here’s a special offer to upgrade to KeyShot 9.

KeyShot 9 Legacy

The KeyShot Legacy Upgrade Promotion is here, and available until the end of June.

Usually, only KeyShot 7 or 8 licences are eligible to upgrade to KeyShot 9. However, for this legacy upgrade promotion, you can upgrade KeyShot 4, 5 and 6 for the same price as upgrading from 7 or 8!

Place your order before the end of June to upgrade your licence.

To upgrade, contact us and include your serial key in your email.

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

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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?

KeyShot Quick Tips

KeyShot Quick Tips

Have you started using KeyShot 9.3 yet? Here are some quick tips to help you get the most out of KeyShot!

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Displacement Animation
Displacement is a very powerful tool that can transform the surface geometry of objects for greater detail and realism. Adding animation to displacement can really bring projects to life!

Applications include the animation of water, blood flow in medical illustration, vehicle tyre compression, material movement for soft goods, and so much more. If you can create an animated displacement map you can use it in KeyShot to create motion.

Follow along with the video below to try it for yourself!

Pattern Tool
The KeyShot Pattern Tool is used to quickly create additional instances of your models within a scene, but is not the same as using Duplicate. Each instance can look different and even be oriented differently than the rest. Overall, with the KeyShot Pattern Tool, you will get increased speed and decreased file sizes.

Patterns will help you show a series of products with different colours and materials, quickly add variations of scattered items for more context, or create a radial or linear array of product options. If you have an application that requires uniform spacing, the Pattern Tool even provides the ability to line and space everything perfectly!

KeyShot 9 Material Graph Webinar

Join Luxion’s Karim Merchant on Thursday, April 30th at 10am PDT (6pm BST) for the next KeyShot Webinar. In this live session, you will see an overview of the Material Graph in KeyShot. The Material Graph is a KeyShot Pro feature that facilitates advanced material editing and creation.

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KeyShot 9.2 Available Now

KeyShot 9.2

With the exciting release of KeyShot 9.2, the focus is on stability and feature improvements, as well as a new Translucent Medium material, Multi-GPU Memory support, and the all-new KeyShot Benchmark.

‘Translucent Medium’ Material
This new and improved material is based on the GPU version of Translucent Advanced that was available in KeyShot 9.1. Now significantly optimised for quality and speed on GPU and CPU, Translucent Medium does a much better job handling translucency in even thin model sections.

NVLink Multi-GPU Memory Support
KeyShot GPU mode now supports memory scaling for multi-GPU setups using NVLink with KeyShot 9.2 or higher. This means that two Quadro RTX8000 GPUs can be combined to provide a huge 96GB of memory. Along with NVLink support, direct lighting and GPU startup time in GPU interior mode have been improved as well.

KeyShot Benchmark
KeyShot Viewer now features a brand new benchmarking tool! This tool indicates how fast your CPU or GPU will render scenes compared to a reference system using an Intel Core i7-6900K CPU @ 3.2GHz. To run the benchmark, select Benchmark after starting KeyShot Viewer.

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Credit: DK – LEGO Architect London

Did you know that KeyShot for Solidworks is also now a permanent part of the KeyShot collection? Originally launched as a limited offering, but now here to stay, click here to learn more about KeyShot for Solidworks!

All things KeyShot are available now at CAD Software Direct.

(Virtual) KeyShot World 2020

KeyShot World

A lot of us around the world might be spending a little more time at home than usual, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up to date with everything KeyShot while you’re away from the office!

KeyShot World has moved online, running until April 2nd, and day 3 of the event is nearly underway. Here’s what’s in store for Virtual KeyShot World 2020 – Day 3!

17:00 – 18:00 GMT
Building and Managing your Digital Twin
Brad Adelmann & Tim Feher / KeyShot Studios
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19:00 – 20:00 GMT
Animation Essentials: From Part to Material
Will Gibbons / Will Gibbons Design
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If you’ve missed the last few days of KeyShot World, check out the recorded sessions.

Working Remotely with CAD Software

Working Remotely

In the current situation, more and more people are working remotely to keep business running as normal. At this unusual time, you might be unsure of how to keep using your CAD programs. Read on to find out how to move licences in popular programs, or how you can connect to the office without moving anything over.

Depending on your software, you may simply be able to download it at home and log in using your email address to gain access. Other programs require you deactivate one computer before moving it to another. Read on for information about the differences between some of these programs.

If you don’t want to deal with moving licences, buying extra licences, or if you know that your temporary computer isn’t powerful enough to work on, jump to this section.

SketchUp

If you sign in to SketchUp using your email address:

You can download and install SketchUp to your temporary computer and sign in as normal. If you have already used all your available activations, you may need to deauthorise unused ones in your Trimble Account.

If you have a serial and authorisation code:

Follow the instructions on the link below, and then add your licence as normal to the new installation: https://support.cadsoftwaredirect.com/portal/kb/articles/removing-my-sketchup-license

Vectorworks

You can remove your serial number from Vectorworks to release it for use on another computer. To do this, follow the instructions found here: https://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/VW2020_Guide/Start/Adding_and_removing_serial_numbers.htm

V-Ray

You can install V-Ray onto as many computers that you own as you like. Install as normal and sign in with your username and password when prompted. Note that you may need to ensure V-Ray back at the office is closed so your licence is available for use elsewhere.

KeyShot

You can deactivate your KeyShot licence and transfer it to your home computer. To do this, please follow the instructions found here: https://support.cadsoftwaredirect.com/portal/kb/articles/how-do-i-move-my-keyshot-license-to-another-computer

We can also provide a fully featured 30-day trial to help while you work from home. Request a trial.

Rhino

You can use the CloudZoo the access your licence from any computer with an internet connection. To find out how to migrate your licence to the Cloud Zoo, read this article – https://wiki.mcneel.com/zoo/to-cloud-zoo

Also, here are the instructions to convert a standalone Rhino to use the CloudZoo – https://wiki.mcneel.com/rhino/6/change-license

formZ

AutoDesSys have released the following statement:

“We are happy to provide free extra form•Z installations for individuals and companies who need additional capacity to accommodate work from home during these unprecedented times. Please email support@formZ.com with your form•Z serial number and we will add extra installation slots to your form•Z v8.6 or v9.0 license. These extra installations will remain in place until the crisis abates.”

Orca3D

There are a number of options for using Orca3D remotely:

  1. If you have a network license and can access the computer that hosts your Orca3D license server through a VPN, Orca3D should work normally.
  2. If you have a network license but cannot access the server via VPN, you can “check out” a roaming license, which is essentially a time-limited standalone license. Instructions for setting this up are on page 21 of the Orca3D Installation Instructions. Note that this is limited to the number of network licenses that you have; if you need more licenses for you and your colleagues, see #5.
  3. If you are a student or instructor at an institution which has a Lab (network) License and you’re not able to access the license through one of these methods, please contact Orca and they will provide a temporary license to you at no charge.
  4. If you have a standalone license on your office computer, you can use the same License Key to activate Orca3D on your home computer. The Copyminder system allows installation on multiple computers like this, as long as it does not happen frequently and the license isn’t used on both computers within a certain period of time of one another. Therefore, when you are able to return to your office, you should uninstall Orca3D from your home computer. If the license becomes “locked” because it has been installed too many times, simply contact Orca and they will reset it. If you don’t know your License Key, contact us and we will look it up for you.
  5. If any of these options aren’t suitable or convenient, or you need more licenses for your staff during this time of working remotely, please contact Orca and they will provide temporary standalone licenses to you at no charge.

If you have had Orca3D installed on your home computer in the past (for example, an evaluation license), you will need to follow these steps for a new installation. Step #2 is important; otherwise you will not be given the opportunity to enter a License Key.

a. Using Control Panel, uninstall Orca3D

b. Delete the folder:c:\ProgramData\BCO\Orca3DV1 for Version 1, or c:\ProgramData\BCO\Orca3DV2 for Version 2

c. Install Orca3D. The installation files are here:
Orca3D Version 2 for Rhino 6
Orca3D Version 1 for Rhino 5

d. Start Rhino; you will be given the opportunity to enter a new License Key. Remember that sometimes the Orca3D license dialog is “hidden” behind the Rhino splash screen; if Rhino seems to be “stuck,” please look for the Orca3D license window behind it (you can use Alt-Tab to cycle through the open windows on your computer).

What if my computer at home isn’t good enough?

If you’re not able to access your software at home due to licensing restrictions, or your home computer doesn’t have the processing power required for your work, it would be time to look into something like TeamViewer.

TeamViewer will allow you to connect to another computer (for example, yours back at the office) over the internet so you have access to all of your software and files. All licensing, processing, rendering, etc. are handled on your main computer, so there’s no need to licence software on your home computer that you’re remotely connecting from.

If you’ve got any questions about working remotely with your CAD Software, you can email us on support@cadsoftwaredirect.com

KeyShot Updated to Version 9.1

KeyShot 9.1

KeyShot 9.1 has been released, and this update continues Luxion’s core focus on flexibility and creative freedom by improving workflow speed, material control, and render output.

KeyShot 9.1 builds on previously introduced features, such as real-time GPU ray tracing, AI denoise, and RealClothTM technology and adds:

  • Unwrap UV to aid in the position and application of textures and labels
  • Name Templates to improve the filename options for render output workflow
  • Network Rendering with GPU support to scale up the rendering power to make use of all available networked graphics cards.

Unwrap UV enables KeyShot users to generate UV maps which allow textures or labels to be accurately wrapped on an object’s surface. Users can get a quick preview using Quick Unwrap, or define more complex positioning using the Advanced Unwrap tool.

Name Templates gives users control over file names of outputs by automatically generating custom file names for the scene, with custom naming options that include the Revision, Scene Name, Active Camera, Current Date, and more.

Network Rendering now supports the option to use all available networked GPUs to increase rendering speed. The updated KeyShot 9.1 Network Monitor shows the type of rendering nodes available on the network.

KeyShot 9.1 is available immediately to all current KeyShot 9 users.

If you would like to find out more about KeyShot, give us a call on 01206 804984 or email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com

KeyShot World 2020

KeyShot World

KeyShot World is back! It might be a bit of a trek for us here in the UK, but KeyShot World brings users and experts from all kinds of backgrounds together in one place and is the premier event for all things KeyShot.

This year, KeyShot World returns to Southern California on March 16th-17th at the Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach.

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Network with companies from all over, and join technical sessions and hands-on workshops hosted by Luxion’s own experts. You can expect to see workflows, material creation, lighting, animation and much more during your visit.

Just one ticket covers both days of the event, and with it you will get sessions and workshops, breakfast and lunch on both days, and it includes access to the keynote and evening reception on the first day.

Group pricing is available as well, so if you want this on your calendar for March next year, make sure to register. Tickets really are going fast and space is limited.

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Corona for SketchUp – What Happened?

Corona for SketchUp

While the latest news surrounding Corona for SketchUp may have been announced way back in 2018, we are still seeing search activity on Corona for SketchUp. Here’s a little bit about what happened, and some alternative suggestions.

In early 2018, the team behind Corona admitted that the SketchUp plugin was not successful due to a small team of developers undertaking work before moving on to other projects. Little progress was made and some development roadblocks surfaced, which combined with limited manpower dedicated to the plugin, pulled the project to a halt.

It was around this time as well that Chaos Group released version 3.6 of their highly successful V-Ray for SketchUp plugin. After seeing where their own project was at, and comparing it to Chaos Group’s offering, the Corona developers decided it best to concentrate their efforts into Corona for 3ds Max and Corona for Cinema 4D – especially as the Corona team have since joined to become part of Chaos Group themselves.

It is a possibility that a unified API for Corona and V-Ray, or a universal export format may appear at some point, but this is far from an official plan so don’t hold out hope on this one.

Corona for SketchUp Alternatives

Fortunately, there are a wealth of renderers for SketchUp.

V-Ray for SketchUp offers easy photo-realistic rendering for artists and designers in architecture, interior design, film and games design as well as visual effects and much more.

Maxwell Render is available as a plugin for SketchUp as well as a standalone package. Maxwell Render provides unbiased rendering for stunning lighting and realism.

KeyShot is a standalone render that can be used with SketchUp files. This is ideal for photo-realistic product shots.

If you’d like to know more about which render is best for you, contact us or find out more at CAD Software Direct.