Why Designers Love MODO

MODO has a rich history in the product design and mechanical design markets. For years it has been a mainstay for artists and designers, for its gorgeous and intuitive render workflow and its ability to handle CAD files with ease.

Hollywood set designer Scott Schneider uses MODO with Rhino for his workflow.
“[MODO gives me] the ability to rapidly amass ideas and change them on the fly while still maintaining accuracy” before building the physical sets.”

And it played a fundamental role in several major design projects.
“. . . The ease of modeling and rapid replication of elements gave me the ability to generate ideas quickly but accurately, thus speeding up the design process. The fact that I could take my MODO model into a CAD package like Rhino, convert it to NURBS, and begin generating 2D drawings without any retooling cut my modeling time in half.

Have questions about MODO? Let us know, we’re always happy to help.

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Autodesk Rebates on Old Licenses Upgrading to Desktop Subscription

As you may know, as of Feb 1, 2016 Autodesk will stop selling new perpetual licenses of all their software. After that, new seats will only come as Desktop Subscription (sometimes called the “rental model” of licensing). In expectation of this, Autodesk is offering rebates on upgrades from old software licenses, versions 2005 – 2015.

Available to existing customers with 2005-2015 perpetual licenses:
Rebates up to $600 for new Desktop Subscription SRP (annual, 2 or 3-year) for customers who have a qualifying 2005-2015 perpetual licenses. LT Portfolio products also qualify for this offer.

We’re always happy to answer questions.

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Vray 3.2 for 3ds Max

Vray 3.2 for 3ds Max is out! See the new features below. You can log into your Chaos Group account to download the update.

VR Cameras – The two new VR camera types will render stereo cube maps and spherical stereo images. This allows artists and designers to output V-Ray scenes to popular VR formats like Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

V-Ray RT GPU Improvements – Among the new features and speed improvements is QMC sampling. Licensed from NVIDIA, QMC sampling provides overall speed improvements and resolves noise quicker when using CUDA.

Additionally, V-Ray RT GPU now supports:
• Displacement
• Anisotropic highlights
• Composite map
• Output curves
• Texture baking
• UDIM support (MARI)

Volume rendering
• New V-Ray Volume Grid adds support for OpenVDB, Field3D, and Phoenix FD volume grid formats. This allows users to import and render data from popular effects applications like Houdini and FumeFX.

Distributed rendering
• Add or remove distributed rendering nodes on the fly

Global Illumination
• Refined Light Cache algorithm removes light leaks and improves animation

• New preview types for proxy objects – includes mesh simplification for optimized proxy display
• Faster rendering of hair and fur
• Intel Embree support for 3ds Max Hair & Fur and V-Ray Fur

3ds Max 2016
• Full support for new Physical Camera – co-developed with 3ds Max team
• Support for new Physical Camera Exposure Control
• V-Ray Lens Analysis Utility adds support for the 3ds Max Physical Camera

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Rebate: Up to $1500 off on Autodesk products

From now through July 24, 2015, qualifying purchases can get you a rebate of up to $1500.*
As of February 1, 2016, all new perpetual licenses will be discontinued. New seats of Autodesk products will be Desktop Subscription only.

You can continue to get your current software as a perpetual seat as long as you remain current on Maintenance Subscription.

*See here for more information: http://www.autodesk.com/campaigns/global-promotion-tcs

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