SIGGRAPH 2012!

Don’t forget the 39th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

You and more than 20,000 creators and users of computer graphics and interactive techniques, in Los Angeles at the SIGGRAPH 2012 Exhibition for five full days of world class technical presentations, creative exploration and the industry’s largest marketplace of products and services.

Booths we recommend  you visit:

Register Now – FREE Exhibit Hall Only Pass Code – sig2012…

Exhibition Floor Plan…

Jason Busschaert / Stanley Black & Decker – Keyshot

Jason Busschaert is an award winning designer and Sr. Project Industrial Designer at Stanley Black & Decker Inc. where they are using KeyShot to produce 3D renderings and animations for everything from internal design development to website imagery. We had an opportunity to ask Jason about what inspired him to become a designer and why they chose KeyShot for their product rendering needs.

Jason Busschaert / Stanley Black & Decker

Modeling software used:
CATIA

For as long as he could remember he wanted to become and architect. “I was set to apply to a few Architecture programs and as I was planning a couple campus trips to review departments, my high school guidance counselor suggested I look at this program called Industrial Design.” Jason recalls, “I agreed, and after only a few minutes into the tour of the ID studios and thesis projects, I got this feeling; part excitement and part purpose. I knew this was what I was meant to do.”

He’s been developing products over the past 10 years, winning multiple National Post Design Exchange Award, an Industrial Design Excellence award and an Annual Design Review Award. “I’ve been fortunate to have worked on a variety of projects and develop some really nice products. That said when it’s all said and done; the teams I’ve been on are the highlight–the extremely talented people, like extended family, are what I remember most when I look at these objects we created. It takes a great team of people, people of multi-disciplines to create great products.”

“Continuous improvements by the KeyShot development team and the ability to natively import 3D from CATIA make it a perfect addition to our workflow.”

The primary design tool used throughout the entire product development process at Stanley Black & Decker is CATIA with KeyShot used for 3D rendering. “The CDIY Power tool division uses CATIA V5 end to end. It’s an amazing and powerful tool for product development. I’ve used all the usual suspects from a 3D stand point and thus far CATIA has been the best tool I’ve used.”

They needed fast, simple way to create photorealistic images of the product line, which lead them to KeyShot. “The interface and fast results were the main attraction; continuous improvements by the KeyShot development team and the ability to natively import 3D from CATIA make it a perfect addition to our workflow. The primary use is largely for internal design development and communication. However, our use of KeyShot continues to expand to items like packaging, POP (point-of-purchase) displays, website imagery as well as animation.”

KeyShot Webinar: Product Rendering Start to Finish


KeyShot have an upcoming webinar chock full of the product rendering process. Rex Roberts will take you step-by-step, from the modeling software to the final output. As always, KeyShot have lots of tips and tricks along the way. Sign up below as space will be limited!

Topics covered will include:

  • Prepping the geometry inside of SW
  • Importing of SW data into KeyShot (plugin, default and beta importer)
  • Material assignments
  • Material tweaking (special focus on white plastics)
  • Texturing and labeling
  • Lighting
  • Composition of the final image

Register Now

New Maxwell Render Patch

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We are pleased to announce the release of a new patch for Maxwell Render Suite (2.7.1).

Maxwell Render users can download this patch for free in order to benefit from the best possible version of Maxwell Render.

For Windows the patch is available to download as a separate file, for Linux and Mac OSX and you will need to download the full Maxwell Render install.

To download this patch you should sign in to your Next Limit account.

 

Next Limit UEFA EURO 2012 Promotion!!

Next Limit is joining in the football fever and holding a UEFA EURO 2012 promotion! Don’t miss this opportunity to buy RealFlow/RealFlow RenderKits/RealFlow Nodes and/or Maxwell Render/Maxwell Render Nodes at a discount which will range from 10% to 50% depending on how Spain performs in each game!

The rules are simple:

8th June 2012 – UEFA EURO 2012 kicks off:  10% discount begins

For every goal that Spain scores within a match, an additional 10% is added to the discount (so if Spain scores 2 goals, the discount will go up to 30% until the end of the following match).

*Maximum discount is 50% (4 goals in a match). 

*If a game is tied, goes to penalty kicks and Spain wins, only 10% additional discount will be added on top of the goals scored during game time (not 10% for each penalty kick).

The total discount will be recalculated at the end of each match and will reflect the number of goals in that match ONLY (goals and promotions will not accumulate over more than one game).

If Spain is knocked out of the tournament, the discount based on their last game´s goals will continue until the start of the next round.  When the next round begins, the discount will be 10% until the end of the tournament on 1st July 2012.

If Spain WINS, the new discount based on the number of Spain´s goals in the Final continues until 8th July.

KeyShot 3D Rendering Contest Winners!

Through the month of May KeyShot 3D put up the challenge to the KeyShot community to create the most stunning 3D rendering or animation of a watch. The challenge was definitely meet and after nearly 250 amazing entries of KeyShot rendering and animation bliss, we have the winners!

The entries were judged by the KeyShot staff on creativity, realism and composition. They have a winner for Best Rendering, Best Animation, Best Student Entry and five Honorable mentions. There are just so many incredible renderings and we would like to congratulate everyone for an amazing job!
Here are the winners of the KeyShot 3D Rendering contest!

Best Rendering

Germain Baillot

Best Animation

Abed Sabeh

Best Student Rendering

Antoine Dayer

Honorable Mentions

Tomek Jarosz

Voya

Richard Feldman

Peter Kolus

Cyprian Chorociej

See all the entries on the KeyShot 2012 Rendering Contest Pinterest board.

To purchase KeyShot or to view more information go to CAD Software Direct.

V-Ray for Rhino Upgrade Available for Limited Time Only!

The V-Ray 1.5 for Rhino Upgrade will only be available for a limited time!

Customer’s who purchased V-Ray for Rhino between September 1, 2011 and March 28, 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade. Free upgrade requires the purchase of a hardware key (licensing dongle).

The V-Ray 1.5 for Rhino Upgrade will no longer be available after June 30th. After June 30th, all V-Ray 1.0 for Rhino customers (excluding academic license holders) will have to purchase a full 1.5 license.

To upgrade your V-Ray for Rhino product or to buy click here.

The KeyShot 3D Rendering Competition!

 

The KeyShot 3D Rendering and Animation Contest is on!  It’s two weeks into the competition with over 60 submissions already and with only another two weeks to go. KeyShot are giving away two seats of KeyShot Pro with Animation – one for Best Rendering and one for Best Animation.

The KeyShot rendering competition is a chance for KeyShot users, and those interested in using KeyShot, to compete among each other, displaying their ability to create the most stunning composition using KeyShot. The theme of this year’s competition is style and class with the challenge to render and/or animate a watch design. The goal? Use all the creative juice you can muster to render a captivating scene with the materials and environments of your choice. Free watch .bip provided or use your own!

Many renderings have been submitted and the first animation by Abed Sabeh is a must see! More entries can be viewed on the 3D rendering contest forum or seen all together on the  KeyShot Pinterest board.

Visit the forum to see more details about this competition!

V-Ray Anniversary Challenge!

We are very excited to announce the first initiative from the V-Ray Anniversary campaign – the V-Ray Anniversary Challenge!  


Chaos Group and CGSociety are inviting artists to create an image which tells the story of a Decisive Moment – a moment that changed a person’s life or the course of human history. Perhaps a knockout punch in a heavy weight championship. The first human to step on the moon. The last block placed on the Pyramids. A wrong step, a gunshot or a glance, the decisive moment that changed the big picture or had an impact on someone’s life.

Chaos Group is offering a great prize pool for the winners. Thanks to their partners the winners will get a package of prizes worth more than $25,000.

V-Ray users from all industries are welcome to participate! Visit the Challenge page to learn all about it.