Nerd alert! With the introduction of Cinema 4D R20 and the new CAD import function we continue to build amazing visualisations but even better and faster.
In previous versions there was never a perfect solution to getting the best geometry conversion from CAD surfaces to C4D. With back and fourth testing of different formats, inconsistent results from different CAD programs, time consuming imports, models that imported with disconnected surfaces which complicated texturing, it was always a hit and miss pipeline. It also meant if the model was complex C4D would quickly slow down to a crawl trying to compute dense geometry where it wasn’t really needed.
This all changes with Cinema 4D R20. With the introduction of the latest version we now have a better, faster, more reliable solution for importing CAD models with easy drag and drop of files (Solidworks, STEP, Catia, JT and IGES files). In fact, just about any CAD program can export to this file, and it’s extremely quick! Most importantly, we have greater control over the model. As an example, no more texturising of hundreds of individual screws. Now we only need to texturise the one screw, C4D then populates that texture to ALL screws within the model. Awesome!
There's great benefits of using 3D visualisation for your products. It’s a cost effective alternative to photography with the ability to not only animate products for demonstration and how-to videos, but easy to make changes to colour, geometry, camera angle, lighting – the list goes on.
Take a look at some of the visualisations we’ve done for some of our clients using CAD files…