- Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:49 am
Hi thanks for the reply.
I'm BIM leader at a practice that uses Maxwell for it's rendering. The office had been a 2D, non-BIM practice but are transitioning to BIM/Revit. It's very important that existing workflows are maintained, for 3D they were using Rhino/Maxwell.
I've been using both Maxwell and Vray for years. Vray have now entered the Revit market so it's very important that Maxwell stay ahead of the curve if they want to compete.
Despite Maxwell being "better" Vray do have market share and "ecology" on their side so please continue to develop and innovate. I've spoke to Chaos Group developers at conferences and they will be deploying proxies for trees/entourage and material management (UV mapping etc) very soon.
The most desirable goal for BIM rendering is a "one stop shop" where all can work can produced in-model. So far Maxwell is looking great, I've been using HDRI skys etc. So far the single biggest problems are the ones I listed, material mapping and linked files. A key aspect of Revit workflow is "federated models" where a number of files are linked in to a single combined model for information production so it's vital that any renderers can deal with this or the only other option is FBX to 3Ds Max. I know Maxwell have a plugin for 3Ds, but Vray really have dominance in term of content like Evermotion etc.
Sorry for the mini essay but like most BIM professionals having a photo-real renderer within Revit is BIM "Nirvana", whoever gets there first, wins.