Chaos Launches V-Ray 6 for Revit

KARLSRUHE, Germany, Dec 8, 2022 – Chaos launches V-Ray 6 for Revit, connecting two of architecture’s most trusted products into a single pipeline. With a new link to Enscape, architects and specialists can finally collaborate on photorealistic visualizations at any part of their process — without losing design intent. When paired with new tools for procedural clouds and remote collaboration, the best visuals in the world are only a few clicks away.

“When we announced the Chaos Bridge, the first thing we heard was, ‘When can we get this for Revit?!’” said Ana Lyubenova, V-Ray for Revit product manager at Chaos. “Now, design decisions remain intact from conception to completion, so teams can iterate faster and not waste precious hours re-doing something that’s already been done.”

Real-Time to Photoreal

What starts in Enscape can now be rendered and edited in V-Ray 6, wherever it needs to be pushed to the highest levels of photorealism. This unbroken chain comes complete with support for Enscape environments, materials and compatible 3D assets, so what the visualization team receives is a 1:1 version of what the architect designed. Even custom skies created in Enscape are automatically transferred.

Procedural Clouds

Since clouds can have a big impact on the look of an outdoor scene, V-Ray 6 introduces a new procedural cloud system, built on Enscape technology. Instead of spending hours browsing through HDRI libraries, or adding skies later in Photoshop, artists can now easily simulate a variety of cloud types and weather conditions — from partly cloudy to overcast. This new system is not only memory efficient, it’s a powerful way to create dynamic timelapse presentations and streaming streaks of sunlight.

Fast Decals

The new V-RayDecal capability quickly projects textures onto multiple surfaces and materials, all while working as a native Revit family. Users can not only adjust its position, size and angles, but project displacement through it, bringing more realism to cracked walls, stains, road marks and more.

Cloud-Based Collaboration

It’s now easier to share work and collaborate with internal/external stakeholders via the cloud. With Chaos Cloud Collaboration, users can share images and image panoramas straight from the V-Ray Frame Buffer and get feedback from reviewers, speeding up the approval process for everyone involved.

Additional Features and Improvements Include:

Lighting

  • Finite Dome Light – Set the physical size and scale of your 3D environments when using image-based lighting.

Materials

  • New Iridescent Materials – Easily create iridescent materials like coated glass, metals and ceramics using the V-Ray Material’s new Thin Film option.
  • Better Translucent Materials – Render materials like frosted glass and marble faster with the V-Ray Material’s improved subsurface scattering mode.
  • More Accurate Reflections – Metals and rough reflective materials now render even more realistically thanks to a new energy preservation technique.
  • Enhanced Dirt Texture – Ensure that dirt and weathering are in the right places with positioning tools that can easily add or exclude objects.
  • Improved Revit Material Conversions – Native Revit Generic materials now render more accurately. They can also be edited in V-Ray and saved as .vrmat files.
  • Material Preview Swatch – The new Sphere swatch preview offers the same intuitive material view users experience in Chaos Cosmos.

Workflow

  • Asset Tags – Assets can now be grouped using a new tagging system, greatly improving scene organization for complex projects.
  • Central Library – V-Ray’s built-in material library is now part of Chaos Cosmos, so designers can conveniently find and manage all of their assets in one place. The HDRI environments used by Light Gen are also now included in Cosmos.

V-Ray Frame Buffer and Post-Production

  • Composition Guides – A new proportions layer makes it easy to compose the right camera angle with the help of visual guides like the rule-of-thirds and the golden ratio.
  • Panorama Viewer – The spherical panoramas V-Ray pioneered can now be explored and edited without the need of third-party tools.

To see all the new features, explore V-Ray 6 for Revit’s “What’s New” page.

Pricing and Availability

V-Ray 6 for Revit is available now. All V-Ray subscription plans work for all supported host applications, including Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Maya, Houdini, Nuke and Unreal. Pricing can be found on the Chaos website.

About Chaos 

Chaos develops 3D visualization technology for architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, and media and entertainment, creating intuitive and powerful workflows for participants across the entire design spectrum.

In 2022 Chaos merged with Enscape and acquired Cylindo. The company’s product portfolio includes V-Ray, a physically based renderer honored with an Academy Award and an Engineering Emmy; Enscape, a high-quality real-time rendering and virtual reality plug-in; Corona, a high-performance photorealistic rendering engine; and Cylindo, a 3D furniture product visualization platform for commerce.

Chaos is now the largest global 3D visualization team with more than 700 employees and offices in Karlsruhe, Germany; New York, Los Angeles, Boston, USA; Sofia, Bulgaria; Copenhagen, Denmark; Bitola, Skopje, North Macedonia.

For more information, visit chaos.comenscape3d.com and cylindo.com.

LMI Releases Photon Optical Inspection System

LMI Technologies has announced the official release of the Photon Optical Inspection System. This non-contact system provides surface characterization of multi-layered, textured, mixed, and a wide range of other precision-manufactured materials. The system is CE and FCC-certified.

Photon leverages LMI’s Line Confocal and Laser Profiler sensor technology to scan material surfaces with submicron precision, and at a level of quality and speed that outperforms competing technologies.

The system uses high-precision encoders, vibration-free movement, and automated stitching software to scan challenging materials–over large fields of view––in a variety of offline and at-line quality inspection applications, as well as laboratory and R&D processes.

Every Photon Optical Inspection System includes a vacuum table, industrial PC (with onboard motion path planning and standard inspection software), display, keyboard, mouse, joystick, and calibration block. Its surface characterization capabilities include part alignment, automatic feature detection and profile extraction, multi-coordinate measurement, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), surface roughness analysis, and more.

Photon can be used to perform surface characterization and reporting of some of the most difficult applications including:

  • Multi-layered cell phone display glass
  • Curved-edge cell phone display glass
  • Glue bead volume & position (transparent/translucent)
  • Medical seal integrity
  • PCB-to-chip solder ball/ball grid arrays
  • Battery weld seam integrity
  • Non-contact surface roughness on practically any material

For additional information on this new optical inspection system, visit the Photon Optical Inspection product page on their website.

For more information about LMI, visit www.lmi3d.com.

3D Systems Appoints Dr. Joe Zuiker as Executive VP

Dr. Brent Stucker as Chief Technology Officer – Additive Manufacturing

ROCK HILL, SC, Dec 8, 2022 – 3D Systems announced that Dr. Joe Zuiker will join the company as executive vice president, engineering and operations, effective December 12, 2022. In addition, industry veteran Dr. Brent Stucker, who joined 3D Systems in 2021, is appointed chief technology officer – additive manufacturing. Both positions will report directly to Dr. Jeffrey Graves, president and CEO of 3D Systems.

Dr. Joe Zuiker

Dr. Zuiker is a seasoned global executive with technical and operational expertise across a variety of industries including oil and gas, power generation, aerospace, and advanced test systems. He brings an exceptional base of experience encompassing new product development and introduction, project management, supply chain, and operational execution for highly complex engineered products, and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Dr. Zuiker holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His prior roles included design leadership at General Electric’s Energy Division, general manager of GE’s Hydro Business Unit, general manager of GE’s Gasification Technology Unit, director of technology for Halliburton’s Sperry Drilling, and, most recently, vice president of engineering, operations and order fulfilment at MTS Systems.

Dr. Brent Stucker

“I’m delighted to welcome a leader of Joe’s caliber to our organization,” said Dr. Graves. “His experience as a seasoned engineering design and integrated supply chain leader positions him very well to lead our efforts as we introduce a record number of new products over the next few years, and reinforce our position as a leader in the additive manufacturing industry. This is particularly important at this point in time as our customers increasingly introduce 3D printing technology into their factory environments.”

Dr. Graves added, “Complementing Joe’s appointment as leader of our engineering, supply chain, and operations organization, I am very pleased to appoint Dr. Brent Stucker as our chief technology officer for additive manufacturing. As a renowned industry expert in additive manufacturing, Brent joined us in 2021 and quickly established himself as a thought leader in his role as Chief Scientist. Elevating him to the CTO role will provide an even greater opportunity to introduce groundbreaking technologies into our additive solution set. Working closely with Chuck Hull, our CTO for Regenerative Medicine, Brent will also ensure that key technologies are rapidly transitioned across our product lines, from advanced biologics to polymer processing, maximizing the benefits of high volume, high rate production printing that we are pioneering for the printing of human organs.”

About 3D Systems

More than 35 years ago, 3D Systems brought the innovation of 3D printing to the manufacturing industry. Today, as the leading additive manufacturing solutions partner, we bring innovation, performance, and reliability to every interaction – empowering their customers to create products and business models never before possible. 3D Systems’ solutions address a variety of advanced applications in healthcare and industrial markets such as medical and dental, aerospace & defense, automotive, and durable goods.

More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.

Lockheed Martin, Sintavia Partner for Metal AM

BETHESDA, MD and HOLLYWOOD, FL, Dec 8, 2022 – Lockheed Martin Corp., and Sintavia, LLC, announced a collaboration to expand research of metal additive manufacturing (AM) opportunities as an alternative to castings and forgings. AM, also known as 3D printing, has the capability to improve efficiencies in existing castings and forgings supply chains, and provide parts with a higher level of detail and greater design opportunities.

Sintavia is an AM supplier to Lockheed Martin, supporting several programs in the manufacture and production of metal additive parts. The new collaboration will explore additional AM technology areas, including laser powder bed fusion, electron beam-directed energy deposition and friction stir AM.

This enhanced relationship builds on the White House initiative “AM Forward,” announced by President Joe Biden in May, a voluntary compact aimed at strengthening U.S. supply chains by supporting US-based suppliers’ adoption and deployment of AM.

“Sintavia and Lockheed Martin are committed to improving the capability, agility and competitiveness of the defense industrial supply base,” said Brian Neff, Sintavia’s founder and CEO. “Our partnership with Lockheed Martin seeks to identify and streamline manufacturing inefficiencies, specifically in the production of flight critical structures.”

“Lockheed Martin’s collaboration with Sintavia demonstrates our dedication to the White House’s AM Forward campaign in reducing overall operating costs and strengthening our domestic supply chain, efforts that are in line with our 21st Century Security vision,” said David Tatro, vice president for Operations Process Transformation at Lockheed Martin.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin Corp. is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

For more information, please visit www.lockheedmartin.com.

About Sintavia

Sintavia designs and 3D prints advanced propulsion and thermodynamic systems for customers in the aerospace and defense industry. A founding member of the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association, Sintavia is committed to the highest quality standards in the industry and holds multiple Nadcap and other aerospace accreditations.

For more information, visit www.sintavia.com.