Rendering in the Cloud – An Introduction

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We have all done rendering on some form of software platform whether it be AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor or 3ds Max. This can take some time depending on a few factors like how many materials you have, your lighting, reflections etc. In Inventor, Revit and AutoCAD you have no way to speed up the rendering process unless you upgrade your Workstation specifications. Which in reality would not make too much of a difference on a 20 hour render. Maybe an hour or two. With 3ds Max you can setup a render farm and then render bits of the entire animation or image on the different servers in the render farm

Autodesk, over the last few releases has gradually been incorporating Cloud functionality which includes data storage and rendering services.

We have seen this with A360 which is now included in the installation.

Autodesk Cloud Rendering

The Render in the Cloud functionality allows you to drastically reduce the time spent on rendering as well as having the added bonus of being able to continue working as the image or animation renders. With rendering in the software you are not able to use the software (Inventor/AutoCAD) as long as the software is rendering your image or scene unless you open up another instance of the software and that in turn will slow everything down and increase the time of the render.

The Autodesk software that can utilise the Render in the Cloud functionality is the following.

  • AutoCAD (with all the different flavours eg ACAD Mech, ACAD Elec etc.)
  • Navisworks
  • 3ds Max
  • Revit