Inventor 2023 has landed and the first thing we noticed is that it comes with a brand new logo. It looks fantastic and I seeing this has made me excited for the other new features that I might find inside.
There are many features that have enhanced and the one I want to focus on in this blog is the rendering. Inventor has gone through many journeys where it comes to rendering.
There are 2 different ways to create a rendered image in Inventor. The first is the traditional Inventor Studio routine and the second in viewport rendering using the raytrace function. In Inventor Studion you can render both stills and animations whereas in the viewport, you can only render still. Be careful when rendering in the viewport as if you minimise Inventor or move the model with your mouse you will end up starting the render again.
These renders all happen on the CPU. If you have utilised software like 3ds Max or Lumion, you will know that you can do both renders on the CPU as well as the GPU. The GPU is great because you can get out a render much quicker than the CPU render. The drawback to this is that sometimes the render is not exactly correct so you do sacrifice a bit of realism for speed.
With the new Inventor 2023 you are able to render in viewport with your GPU but only with certain graphics cards. These cards are the following
- NVIDIA GPUs with native ray tracing support include any GPU with “RTX” in the brand name, including mobile GPUs. This includes:
- The GeForce RTX series, such as the GeForce RTX 2060.
- The Quadro RTX series, such as the Quadro RTX 4000.
- The RTX A series, such as the RTX A2000.
- NVIDIA GPUs with compute-based support include any GPU with the “Pascal” microarchitecture and at least 6 GB of RAM. Note that these GPUs will perform substantially slower with GPU Ray Tracing due to the lack of native ray tracing support. This includes:
- The GeForce 10 series, such as the GeForce GTX 1080.
- The Quadro P series, such as the Quadro P4000.
- AMD GPUs with native ray tracing support include any GPU with the “RDNA 2” microarchitecture. This includes:
- The RX 6000 series, including the mobile RX 6000M series.
- The Radeon PRO W6000 series, such as the Radeon PRO W6800.
So if you have the above GPU rendering is now accessible and if not what are you waiting for? Upgrade now.
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