The AccuRender nXt Engine – is used in IRender nXt for SketchUp, AccuRender nXt for Revit and nXtRender for AutoCad.
Whatever modelling package you use nXt is the best choice for a rendering engine.
nXtRender for AutoCAD
nXtRender for AutoCAD
is the rendering engine that allows you to easily create stunning,
life-like images from your 3D models inside AutoCAD and AutoCAD
nXtRender provides the highest quality in integrated AutoCAD visualization solutions available today.
– Rendering for SketchUp – this is our full features rendering package
for SketchUp based on the AccuRender nXt / nXtRender Engine. ArielVision – easy to use high powered rendering for SketchUp based on the AccuRender nXt / nXtRender Engine.
As part of our Material Styles project, we needed a quick way to place library materials into a model without changing the name of the material.
This is valuable if you prefer to have functional material names, like Lumber 4x4,
which you use for reporting and want to change the color without
changing the material or if you Material Styles - which replaces all
materials in a model by name, but needs to preserve the original names.
Map-Replace Materials is a function on the Place Material Wizard
which lets you select a material from a library - or another material
in your model and 'Map' it to a material in your model - replacing the
color, texture and other attributes without changing the name of the
First select a material using the left and center pane, then select one or materials in the model in the right hand pane.
Click Assign to assign the material in the center pane to the materials in the right hand pane.
Repeat this as often as desired to map all the material you want.
Notice that we are assigning the Red color to the lower cabinet base and doors which are currently white.
When you click Apply all the material assignments will be applied to the model
makes it easy to make multiple color and texture assignments, and apply
them by material name to your model - keeping the existing material
is currently only available for testing in IRender nXt. If there is
interest we will find a way to release it as part of RpTools rather than
Download the latest version of IRender nXt to see it in action.
The normal SketchUp user sets materials on object by selecting a material from the library and then placing in on a object. When you select materials from a library and drop them onto objects
in your SketchUp model, then often the name refers to the material -
such as Red Brick - rather than the use of the material - such as Outside Wall.
If you create objects whose materials have functional
names, such as Ceiling, Table Top, Floor, etc. Then you can assign
materials from a library to these materials - without changing the
material name - using Replace Material or you can replace all the materials at once using Material Styles.
Here is a SketchUp Kitchen model with material names which are functional. ('Base Cabinets', 'Lower Cabinet Doors'), instead of descriptive ('Red', 'Wood_Floor'), and one set of material defined.
A different Material Style is then selected from the Wizard, and when Load Selected Style is clicked, the materials in the model are re-mapped to the materials in the saved style.
We often run rendering tip blogs, and would like
you to help us make some if you are interested. If you put together a
blog with about 4 images explaining something about how to render with
IRender nXt or nXtRender, and we are able to use it on our blog and/or in our
newsletters, we will offer you 1/2 off on your new renewal of IRender nXt or nXtRender.
(And if you make two, you can get the renewal for free) And, of course,
you will get exposure on our blog site with your name, company, etc.
(These are from the SketchUp version - but should give you and idea of what we have in mind)
We worked hard this spring to get our new reference manuals available on Amazon as eBooks and a printed book.
But then we realized that a good reference book needs an Index. So we have just published a new version of the SketchUp and AutoCAD rendering books with an Index. If you haven't purchased one yet - get the new version with the index. It will really help you when using IRender nXt or nXtRender for AutoCAD
What's Coming in Our December Projects?
Here's what will be going out to subscribers to our Projects of the Monthon December 15. Lots of fun stuff to keep you busy through winter break!