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May 2 2019

5 weeks to deadline with the help of Lumion

Architect Hilbrand Wanders from the Rotterdam-based architecture firm, Studio AAAN, discusses how they recently won a design competition and how Lumion helped them do it.

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The Wantijhof Dordrecht development, designed by Studio AAAN.

In late 2018, Dutch architect Hilbrand Wanders and his colleagues at the Rotterdam-based Studio AAAN were invited to participate in a design competition for a 36-apartment city block in the city of Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

The catch — the four-person team had only five weeks to submit a proposal outlining their designs in a clear, compelling manner.

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April 9 2019

Building a sense of place: objects in Lumion 9

In Lumion 9 Pro, there are 634 new HD objects* available to help you quickly create compelling renders that simulate reality. You can find hundreds of new interior objects as well as nature objects, vehicles and people, among others. 

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Whether designing a building, an interior or a landscape, many architectural projects are intricately connected to their surroundings. Detailed environments and lifelike scenes can help viewers make sense of your design and experience it in a much more personal way.

Some renders, for instance, often need to communicate the real-life location where a building is planned to be built, while other renders demonstrate a vision of what a room might feel like for the people who will live there.

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When creating scenes in Lumion and showing what your project will look like after it’s built, you can save time and energy by using the large content library of beautiful, high-resolution 3D objects available right in Lumion. And the best part is that adding these objects to your scene is virtually instantaneous. Simply search for the object in the content library and place it in your scene.

In Lumion 9 Pro, you can find 634 new HD objects for interiors, exteriors, landscapes, urban scenes and more. These include:

  • 459 indoor objects ranging from high-quality kitchen appliances to seating, desks, storage items and other home furnishings.
  • 91 new trees, plants and rocks from around the globe, including variations in shape and size.
  • 30 new, high-quality animated 3D people, including men, women, elderly people, bicyclists and more.
  • 10 new vehicle models, including HD cars, sports cars and SUVs
  • And several others

With these new objects, the total amount of objects in the Lumion 9 Pro content library is 5,259. Continue reading below for a detailed overview of some of these objects.

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April 1 2019

Lumion Hardware 101: Minimum and recommended requirements for faster 3D rendering performance

In this guide, you can compare your desktop PC or laptop hardware with Lumion’s system requirements, and discover how you can significantly improve your experience.

Lumion is a powerful 3D rendering program that creates detail-rich and realistic visuals of your designs, but in order to get the best performance out of Lumion, you are going to need a fast desktop PC or laptop with a powerful graphics card.

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A fast Lumion experience depends heavily on the graphics card (GPU). You will also need a fast processor (CPU) and a lot of computer memory (RAM) and graphics card memory.

Wondering what that means in practice? In this guide, we’ll break down Lumion’s system requirements for optimal 3D performance in three parts:

  1. Check your desktop PC or laptop and see what hardware you currently have
  2. Find out how well Lumion will perform on your current hardware
  3. Explore options to troubleshoot problems and upgrade your hardware

With the aim of providing relevant information for your specific issue or question, we’ve also provided several links at the end of this guide, including a breakdown of the graphics cards and CPUs you may need, what to do if you get a low score in the Lumion benchmark, and how to choose a power supply.

We invite users with hardware issues to check out the Knowledge Base or reach out to us on the Lumion Support Center as performance depends on numerous factors outside Lumion’s control, and we cannot guarantee that a certain hardware setup will always provide expected performance.

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March 25 2019

LiveSync your Vectorworks model in Lumion 9.3

With the new LiveSync for Vectorworks plugin, you can immediately create beautiful, impactful experiences from your 3D models.

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Lumion 9.3 was released last Monday as a free upgrade for Lumion 9 users, and it included a batch of exciting new features to help architects create an impactful, sensorial experience in their 3D designs.

Also new in Lumion 9.3 was LiveSync for Vectorworks, a plugin that enables a live, real-time synchronization with Vectorworks 2019 SP3.

With only a click, you can synchronize your Vectorworks 3D model with Lumion and begin dressing the model with elegant materials and objects from Lumion’s extensive content library. Instantly, you’ll get a feeling for what your model will look like in its real-life setting, whether that’s in the center of an urban metropolis or a picturesque rural environment.

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Example of a LiveSync workflow

Keep reading below to learn about the Lumion LiveSync for Vectorworks plugin, but if you’re looking for information about Lumion 9.3, check out our article on the Knowledge Base: Lumion 9.3: Everything you need to know.

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March 19 2019

Lumion 9.3 is available now

Discover how Lumion can enhance the real-time rendering experience with improvements to LiveSync, now available for Vectorworks 2019 SP3.

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Lumion 9.3 was released today as a free upgrade for Lumion 9 users. It builds on the stunning capability of Lumion 9 to produce beautiful renders with ease and speed unparalleled by any architectural software.

Lumion 9.3 also creates a smoother real-time rendering experience with improvements to the LiveSync functionality, compatible with Revit, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, Rhino and, now, Vectorworks. 

And with the ability to immediately fit right into your current workflow, this version can open the door to a more productive, more enjoyable design and visualization experience. 

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