Inventor Materials

Materials are very important in a design when doing analysis or creating presentations and marketing materials.  For Inventor you have 2 libraries, the Inventor library and the Autodesk Library. These both have the physical properties as well as the ability to make it look like the real world materials that they are modeled after. To […]

AutoCAD MAterials – Changing scale of materials

The materials that you find in the Autodesk range of software products have a materials browser that is similar across the board.  It looks something like this. Besides the user interface colours it is exactly the same.  The top image is AutoCAD and the below image is Inventor.  The dialog box has the same layout […]

Autodesk Materials

How many times have you had to re-apply materials onto a model that has been handed down to you from another designer in your team.  If there are a numerous amount of parts this can be very tedious and can seriously hamper the time to get the project out to market. Autodesk has come out […]

Appearances / Materials in Fusion 360

Making pretty pictures or useful images might involve adding materials for a more realistic look or finish.  Fusion 360 is able to do just that and do it very well. Firstly to access the materials you need to change the workspace from Design to Render. Selecting appearance brings up the following dialog box. The first […]

Importing AutoCAD files into 3ds Max – Part 2

Naming and grouping of the AutoCAD objects that are imported play an important part when trying to assign materials to various objects.  You want to be able to select as many parts with the same material or properties so as to decrease your workload. The AutoCAD objects can be derived through the following various options. […]

Inventor presentation Environment and Appearances

  Making things look aesthetically pleasing is what sells to clients.  In INventor you have a quick set of tools that assist in the creation of these pretty pictures as it were.  Watch as we quickly take you through how easy it is to take a mundane assembly and jazz it up with just a […]

How to use Planar Material Mapping in AutoCAD

A question that comes up regularly from students and customers is to explain how to edit or scale a material on a surface of a 3D model. In the example below I have drawn a box shaped 3d solid and attached a brick texture to the object. To explain how to scale the brick pattern […]

Sharing Revit projects that contain custom images in materials

Recently a customer had an issue sharing his Revit Project to a colleague in the same office and when rendered on the colleague’s PC some materials where not correct. The materials he had added custom images to were showing grey on the second PC. There is actually quite simple solution to the issue and that […]

How to use DWG Import for Lumion 6

On Lumion Support page under Exporters there is now a new DWG to Lumion Bridge. This Bridge is for Lumion 6 users only and allows you to import DWGs directly. In the past you could import DWG file but the material etc did not come through only the geometry did. Anyway I tested the new […]

Unwanted Revit Rendering Results

I recently had a customer who was rendering a townhouse scheme in Revit. He had some linked models placed onto the site he was busy rendering. Onto each building he attached a different brick material colour, although, in the resulting Revit rendering, it did not render differently. I am familiar with this issue, as it […]