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Mac legend formZ has gained a new rendering engine—Academy Award-winning V-Ray

AutoDesSys gains Academy Award-winning rendering technology in new V-Ray for formZ. Now one of the world’s leading intuitive 3D modeling programs offers its users the very best in photo-realistic rendering output.


AutoDesSys’s formZ, which for years shipped with its own in-house renderer software and then later supported third-party renderers like Maxwell, has announced this week the support for V-Ray for formZ.

Leading V-Ray Supports Stalwart Modeler

formZ is famous for its relatively intuitive modeling capabilities and versatility and now with Chaos Group’s Academy Award-winning V-Ray rendering technology inside formZ users can create quick and solid designs with cutting-edge visualization in a single solution.

01 – V-Ray for formZ is now available, enabling the legendary pro modeling program to offer the industry-leading rendering visualization.

The unprecedented integration with V-Ray allows for rendering and lighting to be an integral part of the design process, not just a final step.

V-Ray for formZ highlights include:

  • Powerful hybrid rendering — you can render on Nvidia CUDA GPUs, CPUs or a combination of both
  • Material library — over 550 realistic, physical-based materials such as glass, coated plastics, metals, wood, stone, concrete, etc.
  • V-Ray grass and fur — realistic grass, fabrics and carpet are now possible with V-Ray Fur
  • Denosier — leading V-Ray denoising technology can automatically eliminate noise and cut render times by up to 50 percent
  • Aerial perspective — add realistic atmosphere and depth to you renders with V-Ray’s new Aerial perspective controls
  • Virtual Reality — verify designs at 1:1 scale in popular VR headsets like Google Cardboard, and Samsung VR
  • Cutaways and Clipper — render sections and cutaways with ease using the V-Ray Clipper
  • Powerful lighting calculations — the V-Ray Adaptive Lights algorithm will speed renders up to seven times faster on some scenes
  • V-Ray Frame Buffer — Fine tune your render’s colors, exposure, and more directly in V-Rays frame buffer

“V-Ray for formZ brings 3D models to life with ease and agility,” says David Kropp, CEO, AutoDesSys, Inc. “We are so excited to add this powerful tool to the formZ product lineup and we cannot wait to see the wonderful creations it fosters.”

To learn more about V-Ray for formZ go here. To learn more about formZ go here.

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V-Ray is an interactive-renderer and this was not specifically mentioned in the press materials from AutoDesSys. Interactive-rendering allows the user to do things like move the sun in formZ and then instantly see the results in the interactive render. V-Ray for formZ also supports material overrides which means that the materials from formZ are overwritten by generic or specific V-Ray materials. This is useful for temporarily analyzing lighting as the overrides feature speeds up interactive rendering. 

The popularity of V-Ray is undeniable in the architecture community in particular. While other rendering engines and programs abound, Chaos Group’s approach in supporting a multitude of CAD and 3D modeling programs has made it well-known and highly supported. Its hybrid rendering technology (ie: supporting GPU, CPU or GPU+CPU) is cutting edge and its image quality has won the company a technical Academy Award. This new addition will no doubt be well received by loyal formZ users. And it may well entice some non-formZ users to give the program—which ships in three different versions—a good try. 


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