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James Wood

Creating an Animation for Highwood Homes – North Stoneham Park

Creating an Animation for Highwood Homes – North Stoneham Park
Here at Graitec we were tasked with creating an animation for Highwood homes. Highwood was founded over 30 years ago as a privately-owned company with a commitment to acquire land selectively, build sensitively and sustainably whilst setting benchmarked standards of design and construction. The project in question was a new site in Eastleigh called North Stoneham Park, the site is set within a his...
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Emma-Louise Osbourne

Model Optimisation Services at Graitec

Model Optimisation Services at Graitec
Many of the visuals we produce here in the Graitec Design and Vis department involve the use of mechanical models, whether this be for product visuals, animations or virtual reality. When these models come to us direct from the customer they will have been modelled to a high degree of detail and accuracy in either Inventor, Sketch Up, or another 3D modelling programme. When we convert the models i...
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Emma-Louise Osbourne

How Design and Vis take you from 2D Drawings to realistic 3D Visualisations

How Design and Vis take you from 2D Drawings to realistic 3D Visualisations
Here at Graitec our Design and Vis team offer expertise in producing high quality 3D visuals of product models, building interiors/exteriors and much more. But what is involved in getting a project from the stages of its conceptual design to creating a realistic image or animation of the finished product? To begin, the team are usually handed either a 3D Revit or Inventor model, or a 2D design and...
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Simon Dickinson

Hardware Acceleration In NVidia Mental Ray

Hardware Acceleration In NVidia Mental Ray
Mental Ray is no longer shipped with 3ds Max 2018, but can be downloaded from the NVidia Website (Read about it in my previous post). The good news is that in 2018 we now have Hardware acceleration for Mental Ray. Just a couple of things that you need to know in order for it to work. Fist make sure you have selected you Graphics card at the bottom of Processing tab in the Mental Ray setup. As you...
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Simon Dickinson

3DS Max 2018 - Where’s My Mental Ray Gone?

3DS Max 2018 - Where’s My Mental Ray Gone?
So you’ve installed your 2018 version of 3ds Max, you’ve opened an old project only to find you no longer have Mental Ray as a renderer option. Autodesk no longer ship 3ds Max with NVidia Mental Ray. But all is not lost, as long as you are happy to render locally. If you need to network render that you will need to buy NVidia Mental Ray render nodes. But, if you are happy just to render locally yo...
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Simon Dickinson

Populating Visualisations with 3ds Max

Populating Visualisations with 3ds Max
Working in the architectural industry I love to see the fantastic visualisations that my customers create from their designs. From concept models to full photorealistic visuals of something that does not yet exist. Getting your visuals to look more functional means adding more than just a building. We need to give our buildings a purpose. Adding characters to these scenes gives the ...
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Simon Dickinson

How To Get Affordable Point Cloud Data

How To Get Affordable Point Cloud Data
So, you have an object / building and you need to digitise it. Either you need a Mesh or you need the data for use in your Project. Getting accurate design data from the real world into the digital world can be costly and expensive. Whether you are an Architect and Engineer or even a games developer, point cloud data has traditionally been expensive. But it does not need to be. There are quite a f...
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James Wood

Gymworks Design Visualisation - 3D Walkthrough for Precor

Gymworks Design Visualisation - 3D Walkthrough for Precor
Here at Graitec professional services we were commissioned to complete a 3D walkthrough for Precor. Precor are one of the world’s largest providers of gym equipment and we have worked with them on many projects. This project was particularly interesting as the interior design features made for a modern look with coloured lighting. The use of hanging strip lights also produced an interesting look. ...
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Emma-Louise Osbourne

Construction Specialties Expansion Joint Covers

Construction Specialties Expansion Joint Covers
Construction Specialties is a company the Graitec Design and Visualisation team have produced many sets of visuals for over the years showcasing a range of their specialist building products. Their marketing team recently commissioned us to produce visuals for their range of expansion joint covers manufactured for walls, floors, ceilings, rooves and car parks. With a total of 56 different expansio...
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Simon Dickinson

Cloth Modifier in 3ds Max

Cloth Modifier in 3ds Max
You’ve modelled your scene, building, product in your chosen design product and now you want to add an extra level of realism in 3ds Max. Imagine you want to model a realistic looking table cloth, or a flag that appears to be blowing in the wind. You may even be looking at creating an animation where you uncover your product from under a cloth as it is pulled clear. This is where the Cloth Modifie...
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