VISUALIZE 2020 MDL and AxF Material Support
Visualize 2019 added support for MDL Materials (Material Definition Language – Nvidia) and PBR (Physics Based Rendering) Appearances. While there were some limitations with their usage in 2019, Visualize 2020 has added more functionality with MDL materials. Users can now tweak the appearance more than was available in the previous version. Hot on the heels of these new appearance types, SOLIDWORKS has added support for the AxF (Appearance Exchange Format) Material! AxF materials will allow you to utilize more pre-define materials that can be downloaded. To learn more about this appearance type, head on over to www.xrite.com. Xrite also has hardware to create these appearance files by capturing them from real objects. This could aid in getting those appearances correct in your rendering!
Visualize 2020 – IES Light Profiles
For those with Visualize Professional, and those that may also be on the fence in upgrading from Visualize Standard, Visualize 2020 now allows you to download IES Lighting Profiles. Now, you can achieve even more realism in your render.
With a simple search on your internet browser for “IES Lighting Profile Downloads” a massive amount of profiles can be found, most for FREE! After the profiles have been put in your “Light” library, they are as easy to use as any other light in Visualize. See some sample below!
Visualize 2020 – AMD ProRender Support
Do you own an AMD Radeon card and haven’t been able to leverage the speed increase from the nVidia CUDA gpu’s? SOLIDWORKS now has you covered! Starting with Visualize 2020, support for AMD Radeon ProRender is available. There isn’t very much information on this, so I won’t be able to specify what cards are supported at this time. Keep an eye out once Visualize is out of BETA and into full release for more specifications. If you are on BETA or pre-release, here is where you can turn it on:
A Few More Items
- Export capability for glTF is now supported for those working with AR and VR. This looks like it will streamline output to these new systems available and growing in the marketplace.
- Instancing of geometry (patterns and re-used components) are now handled more efficiently. Large assemblies will be able to leverage this new functionality.
- You can turn on live rendering mode through the options dialogue. Rendering speeds will increase with this option turned on. A great option for those weekend and overnight render jobs!
- Last, but not least: PDM Integration! Keep an eye out for this blog article coming soon!
Interested in learning more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2020, check out our collection of videos here.
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