What software should I use to render?

What software should I use to render?

Hello darkness my old friend. Eskom’s loadshedding again.

So this blog comes to you from my deep dark corner office because Eskom has decided to turn off the lights AGAIN, so I thought hey, let’s take a look at rendering (lighting included).

So you have been asked to do some renders for the job that you are working on and now you have the task of spending some good quality time applying lights and materials and backgrounds and and and…. but what product do you use?

Sitting in the Product Design Suite you have quite a few different options. If you have been designing in Inventor you could use Inventor Studio or the ray-tracing that is built into Inventor.

Ray-Tracing What software should I use to render?

inventor-Studio What software should I use to render?

inventor-Studio-2 What software should I use to render?

You also have Showcase which is a fantastic little real time renderer which we nearly lost. Yes, when Autodesk Product Design Suite 2015 was released they did NOT include Showcase.   Everyone was up in arms and then it magically appeared again. YAY!!!

Inventor-Showcase What software should I use to render?

Product Design Suite also has Navisworks which allows you to bring in lots of models from many different software packages (not just Autodesk) and do some nice renders in there.

Autodesk-rendering-software What software should I use to render?

AutoCAD also has a rendering engine, so maybe you want to use that instead?

3D-Studio-Max-Rendering What software should I use to render?

…and then there is the big daddy of them all. 3DS Max Design. This is the a slightly lesser version of 3DS Max and the rendering program that came after Viz.

I would put up some pics but I am still learning. Not as difficult as people would assume but I will get there and hopefully put some nice tutorials on, for you to also learn about this fantastic product.

By |2017-05-24T12:12:47+00:00April 21st, 2015|

About the Author:

I am an Autodesk Application Engineer in the manufacturing space for a Gold Autodesk Reseller in South Africa called Micrographics. My role is to focus on support and training. My speciality is Inventor, Autodesk Vault and AutoCAD. Over the last 16 years in the Autodesk Channel I have also added AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Plant and iLogic to my support and training portfolio. -Solutions Consultant/Engineer-