Twinmotion is an easy-to-use visualization tool for architects, urban planners, and landscape architects that transforms CAD data into stunning visualizations so you can share ideas and communicate designs quickly and easily.
Twinmotion is designed to be simple, easy to use, and easy to learn. Get started quickly and be productive straight from the box by using one-click workflows, drag-and-drop assets, all under and icon driven interface.
Achieve a realistic look in no time, thanks to over 600 physically accurate materials that react to your environment, and smart features that allow you to visualise vegetation across seasons, study the impact of the sun’s position, and much more.
Easily create amazing scenes without all the hard work by using the library of thousands of static and smart assets. The library is always growing and includes furniture, ambient sounds, lights, animated vehicles, animals, dynamic plants, and much more.
Twinmotion offers one-click synchronisation with SketchUp Pro, Revit and Rhino so you can keep your existing workflow. As well as direct compatiblity, Twinmotion supports 21 other CAD formats including FBX, SKY, C4D, and OBJ.
If you haven’t already seen, we’re running a Vectorworks competition, in collaboration with VectorworksUK, to build your own Eco-Home and be in with the chance of winning some great prizes! (Full details)
If you’re looking for some direction, want some inspiration, or just feel like improving your Vectorworks skills, be sure to sign up for this free webinar, hosted in conjunction with the Eco-Home competition!
ENERGY MODELLING IN THE EARLY DESIGN PHASE Wednesday 17th June – 11am BST
Discover the benefits of integrating energy performance evaluation into architectural design workflows.
Explore how a building’s form and shape affect its energy performance.
Learn how various shading percentages and different types of shading can guide your design decision based on expected building performance.
Evaluate energy performance changes based on building elements, boundary conditions, and U-values.
By learning how to assess the energy performance of a building very early on in an integrated design process, architects have the power to make informed design decisions, as well as the ability to back those decisions up.
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
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:
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
RAL Colours – Artlantis 2020 offers 243 codified colours and tints from the RAL Effect, RAL Design and RAL Classic colour charts, which are the defining paint standards in the world of architecture and building construction.
Denoiser Tool – Decrease or even cancel the noise from your renderings, typically produced by the reflection from shaders. Want a little noise in your image? Decide for yourself to activate this option or not. The Denoiser tool analyses the image’s pixels and reduces the noise.
3D Grass – The integrated Media catalog offers 4 new grass types and 6 updated types of 3D grass enhanced with new settings to adjust the colour of the grass tufts and apply density variations.
Portals Tool – A new optimisation setting for managing light in Artlantis. When using low settings for a fast calculation of your renders, this option improves the lighting of your indoor scenes and removes the noise from the image.
Got an Older Version of Artlantis?
If you’re using a version of Artlantis older than the 2019 release, you can take advantage of an offer to upgrade at a discount before the 31st December 2019.
As a way of saying thank you to the people using Vectorworks, active Service Select customers can purchase a new license with a huge 50% discount when adding to their existing contract at the prorated cost.
This discount is available across new licenses and add-on modules. If you’ve got a parked 2017, 2018 or 2019 license, you are also eligible to receive the discount!
The only condition is that you’re an active Vectorworks Service Select subscribed in good standing before the offer expires – that’s it.
This offer ends on Friday 8th November 2019, so click below to get started.
The improvements will hide covered objects, auto-reduce meshes, and simplify the level of detail on native objects. Enjoy faster file navigation, view changes, tool operations, more responsive models, and the ability to handle much larger projects.
List Browser Direct Editing
Transform walkthrough paths and camera movements into professional real-time animations that are significantly easier to accomplish. You can even create 360 panoramas with just one click.
After selecting an appropriate coordinate system in the Vectorworks file, you can accurately geolocate your project by simply entering an address. Instantly incorporate street map, satellite, or other imagery in your design through ArcGIS and WMS servers.
Great Section Views
Data Tag Improvements
New options for tag scaling, new tag fields, direct editing of tags, and a new worksheet function all provide greater automation and control of the information displayed in your project’s documentation.
You can define the camera by selecting the body type, lens type, stand, etc. You can also activate the camera’s viewfinder to verify the placement of your cameras in your design.
Vision Heat Map
A one-of-a-kind feature in a previz application, Vision 2020 creates coloured or monochrome heat maps based on the generalised intensity and range of a fixture — giving you a better understanding of different scenarios your design can undertake in your previz workflow.
With customisable approaches to modelling hardscapes, you can now use the 3D geometry of other features to align and conform hardscape objects to 3D polygons, grade objects, roadways, or other hardscapes, making it possible to design paved surfaces to drain properly, align to other paved surfaces, and be accurately modelled and perfectly controlled.
Live Data Visualization
With a new ability to reference IFC files, say goodbye to the cumbersome, manual process of reimporting IFC files from consultants who make changes.
New Solutions to Work Faster and Smarter
“Data and usability are the cornerstones of this year’s product line enhancements,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “When we looked at the future of the industry and what our customers’ needs were, we kept coming back to data, particularly data-driven insights. Vectorworks 2020 is centered around providing our customers with intuitive ways to use the powerful tools of our products, while also offering more practical ways to incorporate the use of data for an improved and insightful design workflow.”
If you’d like to know more about Vectorworks, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call on 01206 804984. If you’d like a free 30-day trial, click here to request a free Vectorworks 2020 Trial.
There’s still time to enter our latest 3D competition with a top prize available for the taking! Remember, 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.
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 email@example.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.