Preparing Renderings in Artlantis from a Vectorworks Model

Artlantis Webinar

If you missed our free webinar on how to use a Vectorworks model in Atlantis, you can catch up by watching the recording below.

Ildikó Szabo, Abvent Product Specialist, shows how Artlantis, Abvent’s stand-alone rendering application for architects and designers, can take a model produced in Vectorworks, and use it to produce stunning, photo-realistic renders.

Using the free and simple Vectorworks plugin for Artlantis, you can convert a Vectorworks file into one that is readable by Artlantis, and ready for rendering.

Learn about high resolution shaders, 3D objects and textures which give your presentations the look you want, and help you accomplish even the most ambitious projects.

Equipped with an intuitive interface and great tools, Artlantis 2020 boasts a number of new features elevating your architectural visualisations to new heights!

Artlantis is the perfect software for Vectorworks users, allowing them to present their projects with 3D photorealistic renderings.

V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max – Out Now!

V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max

The latest version of V-Ray has been released for the 3ds Max platform. With V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max, experience new features including Layered Compositor, Material Library and Browser, Light Mix, Material presets and previews, and much more, to streamline your entire workflow.

To find out more about V-Ray 5, join Chaos Group presenters Vlado Koylazov, Lon Grohs and Peter Matanov for a tour of the new features, followed by a live Q&A session.

V-Ray 5 Webinar
Tuesday, June 23rd 2020
6pm BST / 8pm EEST

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What’s New?

Light Mixing
Using LightMix with the new V-Ray Frame Buffer lets you experiment with lighting changes after rendering to explore lighting possibilities interactively and in real-time.

Layered Compositing
Fine-tune and finish your images directly within V-Ray Frame Buffer, eliminating the need for a separate post-processing app.

Material Manager
Efficiently browse from a library of over 500 render-ready materials including metals, glass, wood and more.

Material Presets
Save time creating common materials with presets for aluminum, chrome, glass and more.

Material Previews
New rendered material swatches show you exactly what your materials will look like.

Coat Layer
Add reflective coatings directly in the updated V-Ray Material, saving you both material creation and rendering time vs. using Blend material.

Sheen Layer
Create soft microfibre fabrics like velvet, satin and silk with the new Sheen options in the updated V-Ray Material.

Texture Randomisation
Add variety to your scene with the new VRayUVWRandomizer map and enhanced VRayMultiSubTex controls.

Stochastic Texture Tiling
Automatically remove texture tiling artifacts with the new Stochastic tiling option on the VRayUVWRandomizer.

Extended V-Ray Dirt
Weathered streaks and dirt in crevices are now easy with the enhanced V-Ray Dirt, which now employs both ambient and inner occlusion.

New Sun & Sky Model
Reproduce the subtleties of twilight when the sun is below the horizon with the new Sun and Sky model.

Existing V-Ray Users

If you’re already using V-Ray Next, you’ll be able to take advantage of upgrade pricing to get going with V-Ray 5. If you’re on V-Ray 3, contact us and we will help explore your options.

V-Ray Collection

V-Ray Collection is the ultimate 3D rendering and simulation toolset. One license gives artists and designers access to 15 Chaos products all with that single license — and total creative freedom and flexibility. With the V-Ray Collection, users can work freely between 3D applications, applying their own mix of photorealistic rendering, fluid simulation and real-time scene exploration to any project.

Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase Webinar Recording

Vectorworks Energy Modelling Webinar

If you missed our Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase webinar, the recording is available to watch below now.

If you’re looking for some direction or inspiration for our Eco-Home competition, or just feel like improving your Vectorworks skills, be sure to watch to:

  • 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.

Free Webinar: Preparing Renderings in Artlantis from a Vectorworks Model

Artlantis Webinar

Preparing Renderings in Artlantis from a Vectorworks Model
Thursday, 25th June 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM BST

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Join us on Thursday 25th June as Ildikó Szabo, Abvent Product Specialist, shows how Artlantis, Abvent’s stand-alone rendering application for architects and designers, can take a model produced in Vectorworks, and use it to produce stunning, photo-realistic renders.

Artlantis is the perfect software for Vectorworks users, allowing them to present their projects with 3D photorealistic renderings.

Learn about high resolution shaders, 3D objects and textures which give your presentations the look you want, and help you accomplish even the most ambitious projects.

Equipped with an intuitive interface and great tools, Artlantis 2020 boasts a number of new features elevating your architectural visualisations to new heights!

There will be time for Q&A at the end of the webinar, and a recording of the webinar will be available at a later date.

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Eco-Home Competition Free Supporting Webinar

Vectorworks Energy Modelling Webinar

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

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Attendees will:

  • 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.

Sign Up For The Webinar Today

Online Course: Generative Design Workshop Using Wallacei

Generative Design, Wallacei - Rhino

Generative Design Workshop Using Wallacei
Online course hosted by McNeel Europe
6-8 July, 2020

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McNeel Europe presents a 3-day webinar with Mohammed Makki and Milad Showkatbakhsh, co-founders of Wallacei.

Wallacei is an evolutionary engine to run simulations through genetic algorithms for solving multi objective optimisation problems. Wallacei incorporates highly detailed analytic tools coupled with various comprehensive selection methods, including unsupervised machine learning algorithms, to assist users and make more informed decisions at all stages of their generative design processes.

In the 3-day online course, learn the detailed features and functions of the Wallacei platform through a hands-on approach, gaining a thorough understanding of the methodologies associated with the applications of evolutionary concepts in design. The workshop will teach participants Wallacei through the design of an architectural tower, focusing on two primary scales that address both tower morphology as well as tower façade.

Day 1: Fundamentals

  • Theory behind the application of Evolutionary Principles in Design and Problem Solving:
    • Significance of the biological evolutionary processes in nature.
    • Translation of biological evolutionary processes within computation.
  • Genetic Algorithms: case studies in design.
  • Generative Design with Wallacei features and contributions.
  • Running Wallacei: Environment, Goals, Objectives, and Gene pools.

Day 2: Wallacei Generative Design Workflow

  • Setting up the generative design workflow, environments, and frameworks in order to set up a meaningful tower optimisation problem.
  • Understanding the Wallacei.X user interface and reading the simulation’s results:
    • Wallacei Settings: population, parameters, search space and dynamic charts.
    • Wallacei Analytics: standard deviation, diamond chart, and fitness values.
    • Wallacei Selection: parallel coordinate, selecting solutions, Pareto front, and phenotypes.
    • The Wallacei.X Component Output: genomes, phenotypes, and data.
  • Selecting Solutions for starting the second simulation

Day 3: Selection Strategies

  • Setting up the workflow and design problem for the second simulation
  • Running the genetic algorithm, analysing the results and extracting solutions
  • Visualisation and presentation strategies of the final solution set

Course Requirements: Basic knowledge using Rhino and Grasshopper.

Online Course Fee: 397.50€ (+VAT)
Full-time students and university teachers (proof of status required) will get a 50% discount. Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment has been cleared.

Max. Number of Participants: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be cancelled 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop.

Language: English.

Educational seats are limited.
Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe!

Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase

Vectorworks Energy Modelling

Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase
Tuesday 2nd June – 14:00 BST

Free Webinar

In this free webinar, Architecture Industry Specialist Luka Stefanovic will show you how to assess the energy performance of a building at the beginning stages of an integrated design process.

With climate change and sustainable design at the forefront of many people’s thoughts when designing for the future, integrated tools can help your efficiency and decision making. With better insights, architects can make more informed design decisions.

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.

System Design and Signal Flow Diagrams with ConnectCAD and Vectorworks

ConnectCAD

If you need to create signal flow diagrams and would benefit from system design software, look no further than ConnectCAD for Vectorworks.

Managing connected systems has never been easier as ConnectCAD offers the ability to create easy-to-read schematic drawings and diagram rack layouts. You can work in a hybrid 2D/3D environment, check for errors and easily make changes, all while generating detailed reports.

As ConnectCAD is built to work with Vectorworks Spotlight, you can be confident that industry standard, flexible, robust design and documentation capabilities are in your hands.

Take advantage of an extensive manufacturer library, giving users everything they need to design with confidence.

ConnectCAD diagram worksheets with amp servers

Connect signals with a wide variety of cable types and lengths. Create reports once you’ve completed your layouts in a convenient format, great for updating as a final list. Then, easily compare what has been changed through iterations when showing to a client.

connectCAD

ConnectCAD is ideal for broadcast system integrators, AV integrators, home automation contractors, CCTV installers, marine luxury yacht system installers, and sound/lighting/exhibition designers etc. ConnectCAD makes it easier for system designers to start from an idea all the way to installation.

If you would like to try Vectorworks, request a free Vectorworks trial.
Interested in ConnectCAD? Contact us and we’ll add it to your Vectorworks 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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