I admit I have never really paid much attention to rendering as a mouse jockey in the Cad field. I thought though that we have an opportunity to use the 3D model for yet another purpose and so, as SE as my tool, I trudged forward. I was able to accomplish making renderings for presentations, animations for demos to potential customers and a few other things but it seemed to be a little cumbersome and the learning curve was a bit long. This was good. Not great but good.
Enter a product called Keyshot. Now I am going to do my best to not make this sound like a sales pitch. This product is great, reasonably priced, and learning it is easy enough even I could do it!
A few key points to Keyshot;
The rendering is CPU based. This means a computer that has many cores benefits and does not require much more than that for hardware. It also pauses, renderers in real time, and instantly stops if the CPU/resources are required elsewhere. Start it, go about your business, or go for lunch…whatever. It does a fantastic job at taking care of itself with no interruption to the user.
To apply material to a model you only need to pick the material and drag and drop it onto the part (as illustrated in the picture above. It will also save this setup information and combining this with “Live Linking” Solid Edge models can be changed and the render settings are maintained. As for modifying the model, you can easily move between Solid Edge and Keyshot with the press of a button and all previously setup information will still be there. How great is that?
The ease of use for creating animations is great too. If you just want to tumble a model, explode and rotate, or whatever your needs may be there is a wizard to walk you through the setups. If you want to off that trail you are free to set up anything you want. Keyshot and the 3D models from Solid Edge can provide a symbiotic relationship that will provide great results without changing anything you already have. You can even embed them as HTML in webpages. You can even create iBook widgets!
You want a way to be more productive and have a way to better display why your product is the best choice? There are so many ways people are communicating that we all have to try to present the information in as clean and as effective as possible. Combining Keyshot with Solid Edge will do that for you.
Feel free to contact us regarding any additional questions you may have. We are always here to help.
And, as always, happy Edging!