I work for a company that makes 95% of its machinery in Stainless steel. Has anyone in the same boat and managed to get a good stainless steel finish in photoworks?
Either explain what settings and textures work best or give me some advice?
No one have any info on this??
I usually use sites like CG textures and add these as custome textures in Solidworks.
Thanks Pasi. Do you create repeatable textures? and if so how do you create them?
I normally just adjust the size/orientation (advanced mapping) of the inserted texture-so the original texture is repeated over the whole part depending on the size. Its quite difficult to get the image size right for the part size- and then edit lighting and illumination etc. Sometimes I edit the image a bit in Photoshop - size, colours etc...im no expert though!
I would suggest, if you havn't already, take a look at Greg Hynd's pictures of solidworks projects thread (https://forum.solidworks.com/thread/27547 ) and follow the links in that.
I know this thread is very old and I wished I had seen it sooner to reply.
I work at an all stainless shop, most everything has an 4F finish. (www.alfrescogrills.com)
Stainless is a bi*ch to render.
No matter now many textures I've tried, it just complicates the rendering and in the end it just does not look good.
The best setup for my taste is to use "polished stainless" rather than "brushed" and play heavily on reflections, shininess of the metal and above all, give it some sort of a background image to reflect on the surface... otherwise everything will be a dull grey.
Here is a sample of polished stainless with good reflections:
Any 4F finish at a distance looks pretty much like 2B... so it might no be worth putting textures at all unless it is a closeup.
Just my 2 ¢.
But the renders you did were awesome - didn't see your name in a long time. Still doing Grills?
Yep... Just grilling away!.. That picture was an accessory door/drawer combo... and it's 1 out of 5 or 6 models. The challenge is mostly creating parts that can be reused on several different models /combinations, which greatly complicates things designing, as you have to think ahead way ahead of time. (left / right doors,1, 2 or 3 drawers, towel holders, etc...)
Currently updating a Pizza oven I designed a couple of years back... Same on the outside, but new everything on the inside.
New knobs, logo, "lights" - everyone wants lights on high end stuff now... . It's a "must have" (unnecessary) feature !.
Those glass doors are a "pane" in the butt though!
Thermal expansion on stainless is a HUGE problem as borosilicate glass has near zero expansion.
Very Nice!!... now, I'm hungry.
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