Rendering Solutions

Rendering Solutions (9)

V-Ray for Revit

V-Ray for Revit

V-Ray, used globally by professional visualisers who require stunning photorealistic results, is now available for architects and designers working with Revit.

Working with V-Ray for Revit offers

  • V-Ray for Revit allows architects and designers to render professional high-resolution images with realistic lights, materials, and cameras.
  • With interactive rendering (GPU or CPU) and fast rendering capabilities across multiple machines, V-Ray for Revit is fast.
  • With the intuitive user interface, simple render presets and design model material presets, V-Ray for Revit requires no complicated settings or training to learn.


Top Ten V-Ray for Revit Features Include

  • Design-Friendly Interface – Quickly balance quality and speed with V-Ray for Revit’s render presets. Work in draft mode for early iterations and switch to high quality for presentations.
  • Physical Materials – Automatically convert Revit materials to V-Ray’s physically-correct format.
  • Diagrammatic Materials – Easily make scenes look diagrammatic or like a scale model with material presets like basswood and foam core.
  • Physically Based Lighting – Accurate options for IES and HDR image-based lighting, as well as support for Revit Sun and Sky.
  • One-Click VR Output – VR cameras can help designers verify scale during the design process.
  • Aerial Perspective – Add realistic atmospheric depth with aerial perspective.
  • Section Boxes – Render sections easily with full support for Revit's native section boxes.
  • Denoiser – Automatically removes artifacts and noise, cutting render times with GPU-acceleration.
  • Material Editor – Import and edit VRmats exported from V-Ray for 3ds Max, Rhino and SketchUp.
  • V-Ray Swarm – New web-based distributed rendering allows firms to speed up rendering times by using the power of all available desktops and render nodes.


Perpetual licenses are available alongside both short and long-term rental options. 

Contact us now for more details on all V-Ray for Revit options and pricing details, including volume discounts.


Chaos Group are the developers of V-Ray, visit their site here.


V-Ray for SketchUp

V-Ray for SketchUp

V-Ray Next for SketchUp is now shipping - offering a brand new rendering experience.  

V-Ray Next for SketchUp has been redesigned from the ground up. The new user interface is clean and simple. With quick presets and streamlined controls, you can focus on being creative, without worrying about the technical stuff. Now, it's faster and easier than ever to create great looking renders right in SketchUp.

Widely used by architectural and interior visualisers worldwide to create incredible photorealistic visuals, V-Ray for SketchUp is known for its remarkably smooth global illumination, physically accurate materials and for its fast rendering speed.

  • Easy to learn, easy to use. V-Ray for SketchUp is designed to get you up and running in no time
  • V-Ray lets you create the highest quality renders possible – directly in SketchUp
  • V-Ray gives you the power to render anything and everything – from quick design models to your most detailed 3D scenes
  • Render fast, design faster. V-Ray for SketchUp lets you spend more time being creative and less time waiting
  • Focus on design, with a full suite of creative tools for lighting, shading, and rendering
  • Use the industry standard: 92 of the top 100 architecture firms in the world render with V-Ray every day

Whilst V-Ray for SketchUp is a relatively complex product with numerous controls and settings, setting up a render scene is extremely simple thanks to the Presets for exposure, quality and scene type. The free V-Ray Express module makes things even simpler with a collection of materials, backdrops, studio lights and image based lighting.

V-Ray works inside SketchUp as a true plug-in and there is no need to to export data. Geometry changes made in SketchUp are reflected immediately in V-Ray. Images can be created using either V-Ray RT or the V-Ray Production Renderer.

V-Ray RT allows for images to render constantly in real time, changes to lighting, materials, geometry and camera update immediately. RT can be configured to use either CPU, GPU Open CL or GPU Nvidia CUDA so that the performance can be optimised to a specific workstation set up.

V-Ray Next for SketchUp is compatible with

  • SketchUp 2016
  • SketchUp 2017
  • SketchUp 2018
  • SketchUp 2019


V-Ray for SketchUp Music Academy Render V-Ray for SketchUp Glass Museum Render V-Ray for SketchUp Focus


Chaos Group are the developers of V-Ray, visit their site here.


V-Ray for Rhino

V-Ray Next for Rhino

Updates from V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino are available, please contact us for pricing


V-Ray for Rhino is a highly accurate renderer for McNeel Rhinoceros, enabling designers to predict and present their designs with the highest level of realism and reduce the need of physical prototypes. V-Ray greatly increases Rhino’s ability to handle large scenes and can be used directly within Grasshopper.

V-Ray Next for Rhino is much more than a do-it-all renderer that creates gorgeous images of your designs. It’s also a full suite of tools to help you accomplish more in Rhino than ever before. V-Ray Next makes it easier to manage everything in your scene — even the crazy complex ones.

V-Ray Next is smart, too. It learns from your scene to make lighting faster. And it can set your camera exposure and white balance automatically. It’s fast. V-Ray Next for Rhino is 50% faster overall. GPU rendering is 2x faster. And it’s up to 7x faster with the new Adaptive Dome Light. V-Ray Next for Rhino extends what is possible in Grasshopper even further - now you can animate  Grasshopper definitions as well as cameras and sunlight, and measure real-world illumination values — all right in Grasshopper. 

V-Ray Next for Rhino is compatible with Rhino 5 and Rhino 6. V-Ray for Rhino is supported on Windows only.

What’s New

  •  Do more in Rhino than ever before: Easy to resize lights. More accurate viewport previews. Updated V-Ray Batch. Simple new UI for creating and editing objects like lights, section clipper and fur
  • Superior Grasshopper Support: Animated Sun and Cameras. Familiar Grasshopper workflow. Measure illumination.  Real-world cameras plus animated definitions
  • Powerful Asset Manager: Manage all your assets like lights, materials, textures, geometry all in one place. Preview your assets in a single viewer.  Map multiple material parameters with the same source texture to simplify the shader structure and management
  • Simplified Render Controls: New Intuitive layout for camera controls. A refined UI makes render setup easier than ever.  Specify custom pixel resolutions without referencing aspect ratio
  • Enhanced Lighting Workflows: Automatic exposure and white balance, capture the perfect exposure every time.  Adaptive Dome Light, faster, cleaner and more accurate, up to 7 x faster.  New Lighting analysis render element makes it easy to visualise real-world illumination (Lux) values of any scene.
  • Next Level Performance: V-Ray Next has been optimized to Render 50% faster overall – and up to 7 x faster with the new Adaptive Dome Light.  2 x Faster GPU Render times (compared to v3.6)
  • New Denoiser: With the new NVIDIA AI Denoiser,V-Ray Next delivers instant feedback, cleaner images while you design


We offer V-Ray for Rhino training throughout the year, this can be tailored and delivered on-site either at our classroom or on-site at your offices

There are many Rhino3d software bundles that include V-Ray for Rhino, please contact us for details.


Chaos Group are the developers of V-Ray, visit their site here.



Penguin 2.0

Penguin brings freehand sketching, watercolour painting and cartoon-like rendering to Rhino.

Penguin is a conceptual, sketch and cartoon, non-photometric scan line renderer. With Penguin you can create stylised images of your models with an artistic look for enhanced graphic and visual appeal.

Penguin has three main styles: technical, ink stroke and cartoon - shown left compared with a Flamingo rendering. The line widths are adjustable and the fill colours can be controlled independently of the material colour.

Penguin runs inside Rhino and has the same system requirements.

Maxwell Render

Maxwell Render - 3D Rendering Software for Architects & Designers

Maxwell Render is an unbiased render engine based on the physics of real light and capable of producing incredible photorealistic images.

Because it is based on real physics, Maxwell is both accurate and predictable and scene set-up is straightforward. Simply decide on the required sharpness/quality and adjust the image parameters, just like a real camera.

Maxwell is currently at version 4.1 - this significant update from 4.0 aims to optimise user workflow, decrease rendering times and introduces a powerful Denoiser (by Innobright's Altus). The new features, fixes and improvements in v4.1 include: 

  • Optimized GPU-handling memory – paving the way to Multi-GPU in a future update
  • Maxwell | Multilight™ Standalone V2 – a FREE tool for light management, now with the possibility for animations and more
  • New Lights panel in Maxwell | Studio to play with light intensity
  • New illumination assets in the Library Panel
  • New material compatibility: MERL, X-rite AxF, Real-IES files


Maxwell Render Suite ships with plug-ins for the following modelling software:

  • Rhino3d for Windows
  • Rhino3d for Mac
  • MODO
  • MAYA
  • SketchUp
  • ArchiCAD
  • Revit
  • 3DS Max
  • Cinema 4D
  • Form Z

We offer tailored Maxwell Render Training Classes, please contact us for details



KeyShot 9

When looking for a renderer to work with Rhino you may find that KeyShot is the right choice for you.

  • KeyShot is a stand alone rendering application that works alongside Rhino3d
  • KeyShot also directly imports files from a wide range of other modelling applications including Alias, Catia, NX, Pro/Engineer, SOLIDWORKS and Inventor; so if you are looking to render output from more than just Rhino3d then KeyShot may be a good option
  • Originally developed for the automotive industry and popular with industrial designers and engineering designers, KeyShot creates photorealistic visuals with drag and drop simplicity. KeyShot is easy to learn and most users do not require training
  • A KeyShot plugin for Rhino3d allows for 'Live Linking'. This allows changes and refinements to be made to the model in Rhino3d and then sent to KeyShot without losing any previously applied views, materials or textures.
  • KeyShot is currently at version 9. KeyShot 9 brings you more... More ways to create, More Material Possibilities, More Lighting Control and a More Flexible User Interface. Find out about these new features and see if KeyShot 9 is right for you.

Using KeyShot is remarkably straightforward. A real time preview window shows updates as and when you make them.

Start by importing the model and applying materials - there are over 700 scientifically accurate materials in the included library.

Next choose the lighting from a library of included HDR images and then frame your image just like you would with a real camera.

Finally, adjust the background and use either the real time preview image or create an off-line render at a chosen size.


Watch our video below to learn about new features in KeyShot 9 that will likely be of most interest to Rhino3d users, these are:

  • Fuzz (Pro Version only)
  • Denoise
  • GPU Rendering
  • Real Cloth (Pro Version only)
  • Model Library



If you have any questions regarding KeyShot, or you would like to enquire about purchasing a KeyShot license, then you can call us on the number at the top of the page or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we’re always happy to help and would love to hear from you.



Kangaroo is a plug-in for Grasshopper, it embeds Physical behaviour directly within your Rhino3d Modelling environment it also allows interaction with the model live while any simulation is running.  With Kangaroo you can participate in a virtual form finding process.

Some examples of where Kangaroo could be applied include:

  1. Planarizing a mesh to create flat rectangular panels for fabrication of flat panels instead of curved ones.
  2. Equalize the edges of a mesh to use the same modules everywhere instead of many different ones
  3. Minimize surface area of a mesh to simulate and create membrane roofs.
  4. Simulate catenary arches to create structurally sound arches and domes
  5. Simulate folds to create origami-like shapes that can expand and contract with flat panels.
  6. Check the impact of gravity on a truss system to visualise deflection.
  7. Check the impact of wind on a building.
  8. Simulate gears to check the mechanics behind an engine
  9. Simulate and Visualize how a panel would bend under pressure
  10. Simulate how objects would configure themselves if packed within a certain area

Forces to be tackled and future development plans include:

  • 2D and 3D Geometric Constraints
  • Mechanical Simulation
  • Breakable Springs
  • Air Resistance
  • Shear
  • And more..

Other Forces can also be added, feel free to forward any suggestions and we’ll put you in touch with the developer, Daniel Piker.

Kangaroo is covered within our Grasshopper Level 2 Scheduled class. We can also include the use of Kangaroo within any tailored or project specific class.  Call us for details.


Flamingo nXt

Flamingo nXt

Flamingo nXt is an easy to use photorealistic rendering solution for Rhino3d, developed by McNeel - the developers of Rhino3d (link) itself.

Flamingo nXt works from within Rhino3d, there is no need to export data and thanks to the streamlined interface it’s possible to get good results within the first few hours of use. Simply assign a preset lighting model, choose an environment, drag and drop materials from the included library and press the render button.

Realistic results are achieved by simulating the way in which real light behaves. Interior and exterior daylight simulations plus HDR image based lighting are all easily enabled via Flamingo nXt presets. Indirect illumination, refraction and complex blurry reflections can also easily be incorporated into the scene. 

Flamingo nXt uses progressive path ray tracing - the rendered image refines over a number of passes. Whilst blurry reflections and complex shadows will need quite a few passes to refine, the overall scene can be viewed after one or two passes and, if judged that adjustments to (for example) lighting or materials are needed, the render can be stopped without having to wait for the detailed render to complete.

Flamingo nXt supports network rendering as standard and the processing power of two additional machines can be harnessed to speed up renders. Should more power be required, an unlimited amount of ‘render slaves’ can be added at extra cost.

Interesting features include a 3D tree library useful for architects and urban designers, alpha channel support for post processing and a number of post processing effects including lighting channels, glare, haze and glow.

Network licenses of Flamingo nXt can be shared using the Zoo – the same license manager used for network installations of Rhino3d.

There are software bundles of Rhino3d with Flamingo, this can also include Bongo the keyframe animation plugin and Penguin which simulates an artistic approach to rendering.

Flamingo nXt is competitively priced and there are no annual maintenance or support fees.

There are quite a few Rendering options for Rhino3d users, some are plug-ins some are standalone renderers.  Some are faster, some are easier to use, where we can help is in explaining those many differences and helping you find the best solution for your particular focus.  Contact us with questions, we’d like to hear from you.



The Brazil Rendering System originally created by SplutterFish LLC is an advanced rendering system developed to meet the requirements of professional artists.

Brazil has, for some time, been a popular rendering plug-in for 3ds Max and has been instrumental in breaking 3ds Max into wide spread high-end CG production.

This latest professional rendering technology is now available from inside Rhino thanks to a collaboration between Splutterfish LLC and McNeel.

Key features include:

  • Advanced Raytracing 
  • Cartoon and Non Photorealistic Materials
  • Advanced Lighting
  • Depth of Field
  • Procedural Textures
  • High Dynamic Range Colours
  • Global Illumination

There are quite a few Rendering options for Rhino3d users, some are plug-ins some are standalone renderers.  Some are faster, some are easier to use, where we can help is in explaining those many differences and helping you find the best solution for your particular focus.  Contact us with questions, we’d like to hear from you.

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