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Dynamo: Sandbox or Studio?

There is self-selection for users that ask about Dynamo; they are usually familiar with Revit and are looking for higher-level ways to control the creation, arrangement, or analysis of BIM objects in a project. Dynamo, after all, was originally developed as a visual programming tool for Revit.

Over the past 10 years, however, it has since expanded its compatibility to Civil3D, Alias Design, Formit, and Advance Steel. Standalone flavors were created that do not depend on Revit et. al, and are available as a full version with Dynamo Studio, or the open-source developer version Dynamo Sandbox.

You may be wondering…

What are the differences between Dynamo Studio and Dynamo Sandbox and which one is right for me?

The following two articles from Dynamo experts Zach Kron and Sol Amour have the best descriptions of each product and for whom they were built:

Dynamo Studio

What is it?

Dynamo Studio is the core technology with Autodesk’s geometry tools, and access to cloud services without any other software prerequisites.

Who is it for?

For those of you in education, we hope this can become a more widely accessible teaching tool. For folks in offices, we hope this can be a bridge between non-Revit users and Revit based projects. We hope this enables you to work on Dynamo sketches on the subway, or talk with consultants and collaborators across other platforms like Navis and Rhino, and open up computation to users beyond traditional BIM.

Dynamo Sandbox

What is it?

DynamoSandbox.exe is the free Dynamo core technology (scripting language, node diagramming, execution engine) that can use some of the geometry tools available in Revit, and doesn’t have the ability to sign into cloud services.

Who is it for?

Dynamo Sandbox is for package developers and other folks working with Dynamo code who want to stay up to date with the latest and greatest stuff coming out. Sandbox can be used as a general programming or orchestration interface for other programs as it can run without any other Autodesk program installed. As a BIM Manager you can test host non-specific packages out in a safe environment prior to deployment.

Ultimately, I only recommend using Dynamo Sandbox for BIM Managers, package developers, or power users that are already intimately familiar with Dynamo. The latest builds for Dynamo Sandbox, including daily builds, can be found at DynamoBuilds.com.

For other users that want access to Dynamo’s visual programming interface but do not need access to Revit objects via the Revit API, then Dynamo Studio is the best option. As mentioned above, Dynamo Studio is stable and has access to cloud services, which gives it a leg-up on the Sandbox. Dynamo Studio can go places that Revit can’t go as easily, such as ultrabooks or tablets running Windows 10; expanding the places where you can be productive.

If you are still uncertain which product is right for you, then you may have an interest in developing for Dynamo, but just don’t have the experience. If this resonates with you, then I recommend the following links to get started developing packages for Dynamo:

Dynamo Developer Resources

Getting Started with Dynamo Custom Node Development

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Tips to Get Started with 3D Architectural Visualization

What is 3D visualization?

3D visualization is the process of creating graphics and rendering designs using 3D software. Many industries benefit from 3D visualization ranging from architecture, film, and games, to engineering and manufacturing. A number of products and visions are created in 3D visualization prior to execution, saving both time and costs for producers, manufacturers, and customers.

What is 3D architectural visualization?

Visually communicate your clients’ proposed designs and beautifully tell their story with realistic elements and details. The future of architectural design and 3D architectural visualization allows for projects to be designed, revised, and refined in real-time prior to building. This helps eliminate unnecessary costs and time spent on project changes and also helps customers marketing their designs to potential buyers. Adding fine-tuned embellishments such as greenery, lighting, and people, bring an enriched and engaging experience to architecture and its surrounding landscape through 3D visualization.

Benefits of 3D architectural visualization

Technical to Visual

3D visualization software translates technical drawing into a visual story, helping you communicate the project to customers, architects, and engineering teams.

Marketing a Vision

Whether you’re attracting investors or buyers, architectural visualization allows your marketing material to convey an aspirational vision and attract prospects.

Test & Validate

3D architectural visualization helps you to identify design flaws overlooked through conventional 2D techniques. Build life-like models, validate designs, and scale in real-time.

What do you need 3D architectural visualizations for?

Produce High-End Imagery

Advanced modeling, texturing, and lighting tools in 3ds Max give you the freedom to create and deliver photo-real imagery, giving your customer a better experience of their future environment and investment.

Accommodate Changes Instantly

Project timelines are becoming increasingly shorter, and clients want everything faster. 3ds Max gives you the speed and flexibility to perform fast iterations and countless variations without starting from scratch.

Immerse Clients in their Space

Invite your clients to experience their designed environment both virtually and emotionally. 3ds Max 3D building visualization tools embellish down to the smallest detail, and when used with Unity, allows you to create real-time arch viz walkthroughs with ease.

V-Ray for SketchUp

Workflows for Architectural Visualizations

Many immersive visualization tools plug directly into your 3D model, providing fast, immersive access to the project design to anyone, at any time, and on any device.

Start with a sketch, drawing, physical model, scan data, or only an idea.  This new McNeel Rhinoceros 7 can create, edit, analyze, document, render animate, translate NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines), curves, surfaces, solids, point clouds, and polygon meshes.

Many tools offer a simple workflow from a 3D modeling tool, like Autodesk Revit, that serves as a hub of information to document everything from schematic massing to construction detail. For photorealistic 3D rendering in various Autodesk products, Autodesk 3ds Max software helps with modeling, animation, rendering, and workflow updates.

V-Ray rendering software is built for architecture — from early massing models to photorealistic imagery, VR, and animation. V-Ray connects seamlessly with the top 3D modeling and design applications including 3ds Max, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp, and Unreal.

 

McNeel Rhino

McNeel Rhinoceros

To be an effective designer today, you need tools to quickly develop your designs and accurately communicate them to everyone in the product research, development, marketing, and manufacturing or construction process. Start with a sketch, drawing, physical model, scan data, or only an idea.

 

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Autodesk Revit

revit 2021Use Revit to drive efficiency and accuracy across the project lifecycle, from conceptual design, visualization, and analysis to fabrication and construction. Revit features tools for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals.

 

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For photorealistic 3D rendering in various Autodesk products, Autodesk 3ds Max software helps deliver improved productivity so that users can work more efficiently and creatively with modeling, animation, rendering, and workflow updates.

 

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V-Ray for 3ds Max

V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max

V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max Scene Intelligence delivers faster ray tracing, cleaner sampling, and more accurate rendering.

 

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V-Ray for Rhino

V-Ray Next for Rhino offers visualization professionals a state-of-the-art solution that generates high-quality images of unparalleled realism.

 

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V-Ray for Revit

V-Ray Next for Revit lets architects render professional-quality, high-resolution images directly from their Revit model and helps them make critical design decisions.

 

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V-Ray for Sketchup

With V-Ray 5 for SketchUp, Chaos Group has dramatically expanded the capabilities of rendering software — so your customers can do more without leaving SketchUp.

 

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V-Ray for Unreal

V-Ray for Unreal introduces the fastest, simplest way for architects, product designers, and pre-vis specialists to bring V-Ray scenes into real-time and render ray-traced images directly from Unreal Editor, supporting both V-Ray scenes and native Unreal Engine scenes.

 

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V-Ray Collection

VRay Collection

V-Ray Collection is the ultimate 3D rendering and simulation toolset. Designers looking for total creative freedom and flexibility, get instant access to 15 Chaos products all with one license.

 

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Summary

Combined with the power of visualization, you’re able to explore your design model and get a much more accurate understanding of the final product before moving into construction.

If you have any questions or need additional information about these visualization tools, feel free to reach out to our team.

 

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Introduction to Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Reality

Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed-reality (MR) represent both disruption and an opportunity for people who make things. Using these technologies, you can transform 2D designs into interactive, immersive digital models, giving context to your digital information.

So how does AR, VR & MR work? When do you use these technologies? How are people using it, and what are the benefits?

Read this article to get an introduction to these technologies and find out how it is reshaping the world of design.

 

How does AR, VR, and MR work?

Augmented Reality

AR adds digital elements to the real world and projects them onto your line of sight. Using AR, workers can view an overlay of 3D models and project information at a job site.

Virtual Reality

VR replaces the real world with a simulated one in 3D. With VR, you can experience a simulation of a factory you’ve designed—with machines running—all before it’s built.

Mixed Reality

MR is a hybrid of virtual reality and augmented reality. Using MR, you can touch a real table and use it as an interface to manipulate a digital model.

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When do you use AR, VR & MR?

Conceptual Design

Designing in 3D helps you understand the overall scale, view how design changes in real-time, and experience your design as if it has already been built.

Design Review

Eliminate expensive and time-consuming physical prototypes from the design review process by visualizing at scale in 3D.

Training & Simulation

With VR, users can train in dangerous and complex environments, practicing their skills within the safety of a virtual world.

Immersive Storytelling

AR and VR can help you tell immersive and engaging stories about your design, product, or game. As you market your project, customers can give feedback in real-time.

Remote Systems Control and Analysis

With VR, you can remotely monitor, control, and analyze dangerous or inconveniently located systems from a safe environment.

 

How are people using AR & VR?

Big data and VR in architecture

Big data is transforming how architects design buildings, but the combined forces of big data and virtual reality will advance the architectural practice by leaps and bounds.

Five ways AR and VR improve reality

Recent technological advances, coupled with a proliferation of affordable hardware and software, have made immersive technologies like AR, VR, and MR more commercially feasible than ever.

Humans and machines unite in the workforce

Learn how the current trends in technology—including VR, AR, and MR—have the potential to create stronger connections between people and machines.

 

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What AR & VR tools do you need?

Enscape integrates seamlessly into your current design program from Revit to Rhinoceros, SketchUp, Archicad, and Vectorworks.

One-click starts Enscape; you are just seconds away from walking through your fully rendered project – no uploading to the cloud or exporting to a separate program. Any changes you make in your CAD program are instantly visible in Enscape.

Fast and Affordable Rendering in No Time
Enscape accelerates your workflows to lightning speeds, thanks to a real-time link and super-fast rendering times. Render in seconds, not hours.

No Training Required
The simplicity of Enscape has made it a favorite for many firms. Enscape doesn’t require any extra training; start it alongside your CAD program and create stunning renderings in a flash.

Efficient Collaboration
Make sure all of your designers are on the same page, especially when a client presentation is in the works. The live updates make it possible to incorporate and visualize client feedback instantly.

Explore your design in the compelling realism of virtual reality. Connect a VR headset like the Oculus Rift S or HTC Vive in a snap and get ready to walk or fly through your project.

With Enscape’s real-time technology, your project is visualized as a fully-rendered 3D walk-through, which can be navigated and explored from every angle, at any time of day.

 

Summary

More than just cool technologies, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) are changing how we design, create and experience everything.

For more information, please reach out to our visualization team at enscape@microsolresources.com.

 

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