Cool SpaceClaim Rendering

A few days ago, SpaceClaim announced a partnership with Luxion, the makers of the Keyshot renderer. The headline read, “Partnership with Luxion ApS Enables Engineers to Turn 3D Models into Realistic Images Quickly and Easily“. Some may wonder exactly how many engineers would be interested in creating photorealistic images of their designs. After all rendering is almost a science unto itself and is often handed off to some rendering specialist. The thing about Keyshot is that it is supposedly easy to use. I have never used it before. But this “How It Works” page gives you an idea of the process. Normally rendering software has hundreds of options and parameters. Keyshot has just six.

Some engineers may find this useful. But I believe the people who will really benefit from this technology are the users of SpaceClaim Style, a product that I keep hearing lesser and lesser about. In fact, SpaceClaim Style was not mentioned even once in the press release. The focus was all about how engineers could start doing photorealistic rendering which would enable them to win more bids by submitting compelling proposals.

I asked SpaceClaim PR for a sample rendering. This is what they sent me. Click the images for larger views.

Keyshot add-in inside SpaceClaim

Keyshot rendering

SpaceClaim PR also sent me a press release today announcing that Gartner, a IT research and advisory company, had named SpaceClaim as a “Cool Vendor”. Apparently, to get the report, you need to be a Gartner client, which involves obtaining a license key from them. Yes, these people appear to be selling information like how we sell software. I wanted to know who else they named “cool vendors”. So I asked Blake Courter of  SpaceClaim on Twitter. He replied, “Aras, Comet Solutions, Emergent Systems, ESRD, and the too cool for school SpaceClaim.

I had heard the name Gartner before but never really knew what it is exactly that they did. Apparently, they have 4,000 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants serving clients in 80 countries. Damn! I didn’t know there was work for so many analysts these days, that too all in one company. Browsing their site I came across this “Copyright and Quote Policy“, part of which states:

To use the “Gartner” name, take excerpts of Gartner research or quote Gartner analysts, a usage request must be submitted in writing to Gartner Quote Requests for approval.

So I guess I should have submitted a Gartner Quote Request before writing any of this and waited for their approval.

Anyways, I am thinking of having a Copyright and Quote Policy of my own for this blog. I have not completely thought this through, but it may read something like this.

To use the names “Deelip”, “Deelip Menezes”, “” or anything that sounds, resembles or rhymes with them, phonetically or otherwise, or quote the words of wisdom published by Deelip Menezes on this blog, a usage request must be submitted to the Quote Requests Department strictly by hand delivery through a male homo sapien not exceeding 5 feet 6 inches in height wearing a pink colored poncho and matching skirt. The request must be hand written using a quill procured from a bird that is in flight over the Indian ocean at the exact moment of submitting the request. The same homo sapien will be required to collect the approval (or disapproval) letter on the fifty third day of the next leap year.

  • Keyshot is one of the two offshoots of Hypershot (the other being Bunkspeed Shot), after a dispute earlier this year between Bunkspeed and Luxion lead to Hypershot's demise. Hypershot was previously supplied with SpaceClaim. (Al Dean's blog explained the whole thing)

    It's a nice app to produce renderings quickly and without hassle. I believe engineers may have some use for it, if they're pestered by their marketing department for some presentation material. This will allow them to do it and then return to their “real” work quickly. 😛