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Where AEC & Mixed Reality Collide

Architects are always looking at a design either on a physical model, a render or a draft. They are always interacting with the spaces to create and design beautiful projects. Imagine having the ability to explain their ideas interacting with those spaces in real time, avoiding costly mistakes, quality issues and delays on the project?

Most AEC professionals can agree that construction projects are becoming increasingly complex and expensive, putting managers under greater pressure to improve costs, timelines, and efficiency. For this reason, this new era of professionals must improve and articulate their communication process with technological advancement.

Building information modeling (BIM) and modeling capabilities have already changed the way projects are ideated, planned, budgeted and delivered. However, the most forward-thinking AEC firms are leveraging technologies like Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and the fascinating and revolutionary, Mixed Reality because they can convert (BIM) data into a virtual reality experience.

Kubity Explainer Video

AR, VR, MR: Decoding Realities

To fully understand the ways in which Mixed Reality can revolutionize the AEC industry, it’s important to find out where MR stands on the virtuality continuum. While most AEC professionals are already comfortable using immersive Virtual Reality tools like the Oculus Rift, VR is more useful during the design stage. Why? Because VR creates the immersive illusion of being in a virtual 3D environment with digital simulations that can help discover new insights into the design ideas.

Kubity Virtual Reality

“Mixed reality allows users to move digital objects onto physical spaces, and interact with the data using real-world gestures, gaze and voice commands.”

With augmented reality we are one step closer to the middle of the spectrum between the real and the virtual reality worlds by overlaying digital objects and information with the real environment. By using Augmented Reality on devices as simple as your own mobile phone, AR is a great and inexpensive solution for visualizing 3D models onsite. However, limited interactions between the virtual and the actual in AR stifles any possibility of real-time problem-solving.

Mixed reality is the only technology in which real and virtual content truly coexist on the same plane. Mixed reality allows users to actually move digital objects onto physical spaces, and interact intuitively with design data using real-world gestures, gaze and voice commands.

Kubity Augmented Reality

Build Smarter with MR
One of the biggest errors during the construction phase, is the design interpretation. Here is where MR comes and improves the design process, bringing 3D data off the screen and into the real world. Now in this new virtual space, AEC professionals can intuitively interact with potential clients and present a design idea in a simpler and more realistic way.

Back at the drawing board, MR helps AEC professionals make better decisions by understanding design consequences in real-time. All AEC pros can relate with the daily struggle of an undiscovered design flaw presenting itself during construction. With MR, this headache can be predicted before the construction begins resolving the inconsistencies in a virtual world rather than in the field.

A New Generation of Tools: The First Mixed Reality Multiplex
Kubity
has become the first mixed reality multiplex for Autodesk Revit and SketchUp addicts; allowing instant visualization across multiple devices: desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, augmented reality gear, and virtual reality glasses.

Powered by a proprietary 3D crystallization engine known as “Paragone”, Kubity takes constrained information from a 3D file and runs it through the “BlockWave” algorithm; a multiphase optimization algorithm that combines 3D design, data compression, decimation and rendering optimization, web and mobile transfer, and mixed reality headset integration to create a crystallized universal format of the original file. The resulting crystallized file is unconstrained and playable across the multiplex in Mixed Reality with real-time rendering.

Introducing instantaneous and fluid 3D navigation for AEC professionals and their clients facilitates pre-construction design and construction site problem-solving while enhancing communications and workflow of any project from conception to completion.

AEC firms quick to embrace the game-changing technology of Mixed Reality and instant visualization across the multiplex will reap the rewards of smarter building.

For more information about Kubity, click here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at info@microsolresources.com.

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V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp: End of support

V-Ray Next for SketchUp will be released soon. With the official release of this new version, Chaos Group will discontinue technical help and updates for V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp. After the release you will:

  • not have on-demand access to V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp builds
  • no longer have assisted technical support from Chaos Group
  • receive no software updates
  • not be eligible for upgrade to V-Ray Next for SketchUp

….so what’s Next?

Now is the perfect time to upgrade. Choose one of the options below and you’ll continue to get Chaos Group’s first-class technical and operations support, access to future updates and upgrades — and a shiny new version of V-Ray.

Switch to an Annual License

Chaos Group subscription model is packed with benefits, including:

  • Cost-effectiveness and simplified scalability
  • Low initial cost, which is great for freelancers, small and medium businesses
  • Free minor updates and major upgrades released during the license validity period
  • Free technical and operations support
Upgrade to V-Ray 3.0 for SketchUp before V-Ray Next for SketchUp is release

If the perpetual licensing model suits your needs, it may be wise to upgrade to V-Ray 3.0 for SketchUp before the official release. With this option, you’ll keep your access to Chaos Group’s technical support and you can purchase an upgrade to V-Ray Next for SketchUp when needed.

 

If you would like to upgrade your V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp licenses to V-Ray 3.0 for SketchUp, please contact us at vray@microsolresources.com.

If you are not sure about upgrading your licenses, you can request a free 30-day trial, to get an overview of its new features and functionality.  You can test it out with your team and find out how this new version will improve your workflow.

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Are you eligible for a free upgrade of V-Ray?

V-Ray is built for artists, designers and jacks-of-all trades. Take advantage of the promotions on these rendering software that helps you visualize anything imaginable.

This article is created to determine if you can trade in your old licenses of V-Ray for 3ds Max, Maya, SketchUp and Rhino for a free upgrade to the latest version. There is also a new version of  V-Ray for Revit and there is no free upgrade path but you can pay to upgrade purchase a new license. To find out more about the latest V-Ray for Revit 3.7 features, you can read more here.

With the release of new V-Ray licenses, Chaos Group now offers an Online Licensing System (OLS)* option. It is fast and secure, and gives you will the option to access your new software much faster – without the back and forth of WBC and RTU files. With online licensing, there is no wait to receive a physical dongle, and licenses can be activated in real-time once an order is processed.

Are you eligible for the free upgrade of V-Ray? Continue reading so you can determine when you have to upgrade so you can continue using your V-Ray licenses without interruption and take advantage of the new features. If you do not request for your free upgrade before the deadline, you will have to purchase the upgrade at a full cost. So don’t wait now, and contact us!

V-Ray Next for 3ds Max

If you purchased new V-Ray 3 Workstation for 3ds Max after December 13, 2017, you are eligible for a free upgrade to V-Ray Next Workstation for 3ds Max before December 1, 2018. After this date, you will have to purchase the upgrade at a full cost. To find out more about the latest V-Ray for 3ds Max features, you can read more here.

Here are a few important factors to consider:

  • Versions 1.5 and 2 are not eligible for an upgrade to V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, and they are not supported after V-Ray Next for 3ds Max is released.
  • If you are eligible and you use the Online Licensing System (OLS)* to manage your licenses, we can process the complimentary upgrade directly with Chaos Group.
  • If you are still using a dongle, you will need to send and a .wbc file to support@chaosgroup.com so they can program the complimentary upgrade to your dongle. To create the .wbc file, you can find the detailed instructions here.
  • This free upgrade does not apply to V-Ray 3 Render node purchased in a bundle or separately.
  • V-Ray 3 Workstation for 3ds Max licenses will work with V-Ray Next Render node licenses so clients who use V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max (or other platforms) can render with V-Ray Next Render node licenses. Click here to see V-Ray Next Compatibility Diagram.
  • All existing multi-platform bundles, containing V-Ray 3.0 Workstation for 3ds Max, have been discontinued as of April 15, 2018.

Still not sure if you are eligible? Please send us an email to vray@microsolresources.comto find out your eligibility.

V-Ray Next for Maya

If you purchased a new V-Ray 3 Workstation for Maya commercial licenses after June 13, 2018, you are eligible for a free upgrade to V-Ray Next Workstation for Maya until June 13, 2019. After this date, you will have to purchase the upgrade at a full cost. To find out more about the latest V-Ray for May features, you can read more here.

Here are a few important factors to consider:

  • V-Ray 3 Workstation for Maya licenses work with V-Ray Next Render node licenses so clients who use V-Ray 3 for Maya (or other platforms) can render with V-Ray Next Render node licenses.
  • This free upgrade does not apply to V-Ray 3 Render node  purchased in a bundle or separately.
  • Versions 1.5 and 2 are not eligible for upgrade to V-Ray Next for Maya, and are no longer supported after the release of V-Ray Next for Maya.
  • If you are eligible and you use the Online Licensing System (OLS)* to manage your licenses, we can process the complimentary upgrade directly with Chaos Group.
  • If you are still using a dongle, you will need to send and a .wbc file to support@chaosgroup.com so they can program the complimentary upgrade to your dongle. To create the .wbc file, you can find the detailed instructions here.

Still not sure if you are eligible? Please send us an email to vray@microsolresources.com to find out your eligibility.

V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino

If you purchased a new license or upgraded V-Ray 2.0 after November 1, 2015, you are eligible for a free upgrade to V-Ray 3.0 Workstation for Rhino until December 24, 2018. After this date, you will have to purchase the upgrade at a full cost.

Here are a few important factors to consider:

  • After upgrading to V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino, you will also receive a complimentary 6-month V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino license.
  • V- Ray 3.6 for Rhino supports Rhinoceros 5.0, 6.2 64-bit. It is supported on Windows 7 or later and 64-bit recommended.
  • V-Ray for Rhino version 1.49 and earlier are no longer supported. 
  • If you are eligible and you use the Online Licensing System (OLS)* to manage your licenses, we can process the complimentary upgrade directly with Chaos Group.
  • If you are eligible, please confirm the dongle number associated with the license and send a .wbc file to support@chaosgroup.com so they can program the complimentary upgrade to your dongle. To create the .wbc file, you can find the detailed instructions here.

Still not sure if you are eligible? Please send us an email to vray@microsolresources.com to find out your eligibility.

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp

If you purchased a new license or upgraded from V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp after November 1, 2015, you are eligible for a free upgrade to V-Ray 3.0 Workstation for SketchUp until December 24, 2018. After this date, you will have to purchase the upgrade at a full cost.

Here are a few important factors to consider:

  • After upgrading to V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp, you will receive a complimentary 6-month V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp license.
  • Chaos Group no longer supports V-Ray 1.49 for SketchUp.
  • V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp will not support SketchUp 2017.
  • If you are eligible and you use the Online Licensing System (OLS)* to manage your licenses, we can process the complimentary upgrade directly with Chaos Group.
  • If you are eligible, please confirm the dongle number associated with the license and send a .wbc file to support@chaosgroup.com so they can program the complimentary upgrade to your dongle. To create the .wbc file, you can find the detailed instructions here.

Still not sure if you are eligible? Please send us an email to vray@microsolresources.com to find out your eligibility.

 

*What is the Online Licensing System (OLS)?

Chaos Group now offers an Online Licensing System (OLS) option. It is fast and secure, and gives you will the option to access your new software much faster – without the back and forth of WBC and RTU files. With online licensing, there is no wait to receive a physical dongle, and licenses can be activated in real-time once an order is processed.

If you would like to start testing out V-Ray with your team, make sure to get a 30 day free trial.

For any additional questions, feel free to email us at vray@microsolresources.com

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