The settings described here are available for all workflows that send documents to Showcase for rendering. Understanding these settings and how to modify them helps you get the best results for your project.
Use this procedure to send your design to 3ds Max Design or Showcase. Before running a workflow, ensure that the design contains only the required objects, and any layers not required are turned off or frozen.
You can create a workflow based on one of the standard workflows supplied by Autodesk, or based on another user workflow. After you identify workflows that demonstrate best practices, share them with other team members to support consistent processes.
This setting controls the conversion of the input model to meshes in Showcase. The results can display one level of detail (1LOD) with one mesh per object, or multiple levels of detail. Using a 1LOD setting provides improved rendering performance, and is suitable for multi-part models.
These options are of two general types: abstract and realistic. Abstract styles are recommended for conceptual designs or work in progress, as they clearly show the relative sizes and proportions of objects. Realistic styles are recommended for more advanced designs, as these styles show details more clearly.
These settings provide the visual context for your design. The environments are not simple background images. They cast light, so the surroundings can be reflected in the surfaces of your design. Choices are largely subjective, but some guidelines are provided. On the Showcase Environment menu, set the environment to use for smaller designs. In the next setting, If Model Is Larger Than, specify the maximum linear dimension in meters for a smaller design. On the Large-Scale Environment menu, set the environment to use for designs with a linear dimension that exceeds the specified value. Both the Showcase Environment and the Large-Scale Environment menus have the same options.
Ground Plane Level specifies the ground level in relation to the model. The ground plane receives shadows from the model. It can be placed at the bottom of the model, or match the Inventor Ground Plane. For buildings, which can have underground details, the user can specify an elevation for the ground level.
Center Environment on Model is a recommended setting, as it centers the environment without moving the model. Moving the model is not recommended when you import Inventor constraints or when you assemble the scene out of multiple files.
Create Animated Behavior from Constraints is available only for Inventor. This setting allows you to choose the constraints to be converted into animated behaviors. It works well with machinery models, as it enables you to show different constraints in action, and to add triggers and behaviors to slides.