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Ray Traced Studio Enhancements in NX 11.0.1

by Siemens Experimenter Siemens Experimenter on ‎03-09-2017 08:47 AM - edited (691 Views)

Photorealistic rendering is an important yet often overlooked aspect of your CAD software. Great looking images of models are important for making design decisions and increasingly are being used for marketing as well.


These are some enhancements in NX 11.0.1 that extend capabilities in rendering to help you create great looking images, no matter what purpose you use them for. 

Ray Traced Studio Static Image Output with Transparent Background


A new option called Use Transparent Background is available in NX 11.0.1 when saving a static Ray Traced Studio image in either TIFF or PNG format. See Fig. 1.  When toggled on, it allows you to save your static image rendering with a transparent background.  It is useful if you simply want to render your product without any background or want to edit and post-process your rendering using a separate image editing software to overlay it onto another background image.


 Fig. 1Fig. 1

Fig. 2 and Fig. 3 below show the difference when this option is used or not.  Assume the saved image is opened in an image editing software that supports transparency (alpha channel).


Fig. 2 Use Transparent Background OFFFig. 2 Use Transparent Background OFF

Fig. 3 Use Transparent Background ONFig. 3 Use Transparent Background ON


Be aware that if ground shadows and ground reflections are used, they will show in the saved image even if Use Transparent Background option is enabled.  


Studio Material Editor Editing Modes

The Studio Material Editor has two display modes in NX 11.0.1 - Basic and Full. Basic is great for casual users where only the basic and common material parameters are displayed in the dialog.  Full is geared towards advanced users who want access and control over all material parameters.


Fig. 4 and Fig. 5 show the difference when studio material editor is in Basic vs Full mode.


Fig. 4 Material Editor in Basic editing mode.Fig. 4 Material Editor in Basic editing mode.

Fig. 5 Material Editor in Full editing mode.Fig. 5 Material Editor in Full editing mode.

You can set the Editing Mode in the Customer Defaults (See Fig. 6) or in Visualization Preferences (See Fig. 7).


Fig. 6Fig. 6

Fig. 7Fig. 7

Studio Material Editor Tooltip Images and Texts

In NX 11.0.1, helpful tooltip texts and images are added for various material parameters and options.  As an example, when hovering over the AbsorptionColour parameter, a corresponding tooltip shows up.  See Fig. 8.

Fig. 8Fig. 8