3D rendering software is for developing and processing 3D model into a pixel-perfect 3D photorealistic image, which can be used by the end-users such as architecture, building and construction, media and entertainment, design and engineering, healthcare and life sciences, and academia, and others (GIS and forensic science industry). Visualization basically refers to the creation of graphical content with the help of 3D software while 3D rendering refers to generation of photorealistic visuals from 2D and 3D models.

COMPETITIVE LEADERSHIP MAPPING TERMINOLOGY

The vendors are placed into 4 categories based on their performance in each criterion under 3D rendering software quadrant: “Vanguards,” “Innovators,” “Emerging,” and “Dynamic.” We have evaluated top 25 vendors, which includes Autodesk, Inc, Siemens AG, Adobe Systems, Dassault Systèmes, NVIDIA Corporation, Trimble, Inc, Next Limit Technologies, Corel Corporation, SAP SE, Chaos group, The Foundry Visionmongers Ltd, NewTek, Inc, Render Legion S.R.O., Luxion, Inc., Christie Digital Systems, Electric Image Animation System, OTOY Inc., Solid Iris Technologies, 3Delight, Blender Foundation, Pixologic, Inc, Daz Productions, Inc., SideFx Entertainment Pvt Ltd, CL3VER, and Ceetron AS.

VISIONARY LEADERS

Vendors who fall into this category receive high scores for most evaluation criteria. They have an established product portfolio and have a very strong market presence. They should provide mature and reputable visualization and 3D rendering solutions. They also have strong business strategies. Autodesk, Inc, Siemens AG, Adobe Systems, Dassault Systèmes, NVIDIA Corporation, and Trimble, Inc. are the vendors who fall into vanguards.

INNOVATORS

Innovators demonstrate substantial product innovations as compared to their competitors. They should have very focused product portfolio. However, they do not have very strong growth strategies for their overall business. Next Limit Technologies, Chaos group, Blender Foundation, Render Legion S.R.O., and Christie Digital Systems are the vendors who fall into innovators.

DYNAMIC DIFFERENTIATORS

The vendors included in the dynamic differentiators section have the potential to broaden their product portfolios to compete with other key market players. They focus on a specific type of technology related to the product. Corel Corporation, Luxion, Inc., NewTek, Inc., OTOY Inc., and The Foundry Visionmongers Ltd are the vendors who falls into the dynamic category.

EMERGING COMPANIES

Emerging vendors have niche product offerings and are starting to gain their position in the market. They do not have much strong business strategies as compared to other established vendors. They might be new entrants in the market and require some more time before getting significant traction in the market. Electric Image Animation System, Solid Iris Technologies, 3Delight,Pixologic, Inc, Daz Productions, Inc., SideFx Entertainment Pvt Ltd, CL3VER, and SAP SE are the vendors who fall into the emerging category.

Visualization and 3D Rendering Software Quadrant

Comparing 23 vendors in Visualization and 3D Rendering Software across 61 criteria.

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EVALUATION CRITERIA

Below criteria are most commonly used for comparing Visualization and 3D Rendering Software tools.
  • Breadth and Depth of Product Offerings
    • Tailor-made/customized Solutions
    • Applications Catered
      • High End Video Games
      • Architechtural and Product Visualisations
      • Training Simulations (Simulation-Based Learning)
      • Marketing and Advertisement
      • Network monitoring
      • Process monitoring
      • Production management
      • Train traffic control
      • Rich Internet Applications (RIA)
  • Product Features and Functionality
    • Solutions Offered
      • Modelling
      • Rendering
      • Visualization
  • Delivery
    • Deployment Model
      • Web
      • Desktop
      • Small portable devices (cell phones, PDAs)
  • Scalability
    • Scalability
  • Support and Services
    • Support Services
      • Professional Services
      • Managed Services
    • Channel for Delivery of Support Services
      • On-Site Support
      • Remote Support

TOP VENDORS (23)

  • 1

    It also helps in speeding-up the documentation process and provides connectivity with the cloud to access the documents from a mobile device. Autodesk 3ds Max is a 3D design software for modeling, animation, and rendering that helps in developing striking scenes and visuals. 3ds Max software reduces time in developing 3D animations and models. Autodesk Maya is also a similar 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software that is leveraged with enhanced animation performance. Autodesk Maya is one of the most popular software in 3d Rendering.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1982
    • $1BN to $5BN
    • 5,001 to 10,000
  • 2

    CATIA is one of the renowned solutions by Dassault, in the field of product design and experience. This solution is used for modeling as well as designing of the product. Various manufacturing companies use this solution to virtually design their product that customer uses. SOLIDWORKS solutions develop integrated 3D design environment that supports the product development and design, and increases engineering productivity. 3DVIA provides rich and engaging 3D environment to consumers by highlighting the features of the product. It also leverages smart 3D space planning solutions that enable new ways to engage, consider, and make the best choice about the product.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 3

    The company uses ray tracing and a higher sampling rate to capture more realistic lighting and shadow effects. In November 2016, Adobe launched Project Felix which is a 3D tool for graphics designers. This solution helps to develop photo-realistic visuals from 2D images and 3D material assets.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, US
    • Founded: 1982
    • $5BN to $10BN
    • 20,001 to 25,000
  • 4

    PLM Viz provides support for more than 40 2D and 3D formats such as NX, Solid Edge, Parasolid XT, VRML, STL, and JT. It also provides comparisons capabilities for 2D and 3D data with the help of overlay and color coding techniques. PLM Viz has the power of integrating easily with Windows, Linux, and Web applications with the help of JavaScript, Java Beans, Active X Controls, and Standard widget toolkit. Siemens NX software is integrated CAD/CAM/CAE product design, engineering, and manufacturing solution used for conceptual design, modeling, and documentation. NX software is leveraged with synchronous technology that provides flexibility to design in the open environment.

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    • Enterprise
    • Bavaria, Germany
    • Founded: 1847
    • $50BN to $100BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 5

    Trimble has offered its animation program SketchUp with 2 versions, SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro. SketchUp Make is a free-of-charge version for personal and professional use. It offers a 30-day trial of SketchUp Pro for free, and later users can either switch to Pro version or continue with SketchUp Make with no extra cost. SketchUp Pro culminates all the features of SketchUp Make along with added features such as import and export option for both 2D and 3D formats, access to LayOut (2D documentation software) and Style Builder (customize styles for SketchUp models).

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1978
    • $1BN to $5BN
    • 5,001 to 10,000
  • 6

    NVIDIA Mental Ray is the rendering software, which develops the real and photo-realistic images. It enables full programmability to the images that help in creating any imaginable visual effect. It is based on advanced ray-tracing techniques, which makes it a rich featured, high-performance 3D rendering software. NVIDIA Material Definition Language (MDL) enables the user to share physically based materials and lights between different supporting applications. It provides a facility for developing MDL material for one application, and same can be used in other supporting application. NVIDIA DesignWork is a suite of tools and technologies designed specifically for developers creating professional graphics and advanced rendering applications.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1993
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 7

    It is highly efficient and scalable as it is based on multicore CPU and GPU-accelerated rendering technology. It enables designers and artists to design and development visual environment according to their needs through interactive lighting, shading, and rendering feature. V-Ray provides support to various leading vendors’ products namely V-Ray for 3ds Max, V-Ray for Maya, V-Ray Render Node, V-Ray for Cinema 4D, V-Ray for MODO, VRay for NUKE, V-Ray for KATANA, V-Ray for SketchUp, V-Ray for Rhino, V-Ray for Revit, V-Ray for Blender, VRay Standalone, and V-Ray Application SDK.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 8

    MotionStudio 3D has classified features such as an interactive user interface and an easy pallet, which helps end-users to apply 3D effects to their graphics, animations, or scenes. MotionStudio 3D comes with latest GPU and CPU chipsets, which gives an enriched experience to the users by allowing them to check the applied effect in real-time. CorelCAD is the computer aided software offered by Corel. It is the software for 2D drawing, 3D designing, and 3D printing. It uses .DWG file format, which is supported by all major CAD programs. The software is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS.

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    • Enterprise
    • Ottawa, Canada
    • Founded: 1985
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 9

    Christie CAVE can be used in many industry verticals such as education and training, architectural design, manufacturing, scientific research, oil and gas exploration, and healthcare training. Christie HoloStage Mini is the double-sided visualization solution that provides a realistic virtual environment. Christie Holostation provides high-resolution and high-performance 3D environment. This solution has the capability to manage 16.8 megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscope and provide an interactive environment. It can be deployed easily and quickly.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 10

    NevronMotion streamlines motion capture workflow of LightWave 3D, which uses the support of Microsoft Kinect One as motion retargeting plugin for the 3D software. It allows customizing of rig retargeting to capture common motion files in FBX or BVH format and load the motion character directly in LightWave Layout.NewTek released ChronoSculpt, an interactive 3D sculpting software, which provides a new approach for error correction in the animation pipeline. This stand-alone application was the game changer for the 3D sculpting tool segment. Various end-users such as 3D modelers, texture artists, and designers, opted this time-based sculpting tool to review and manipulate animation and dynamic simulation. ChronoSculpt interface is flexible enough to support file formats of the third party 3D software program.

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    • Enterprise
    • San Antonio, Texas, United States
    • Founded: 1985
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 12

    The company has launched Maxwell 4 for providing high-end and it has compatibility with major 3D platforms. The new solution is designed to cut down the total processing time. Maxwell includes Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) that runs on NVidia graphics card for providing a better quality realistic 3D environment.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Startup
    • Los Angeles, California, US
    • Founded: 2008
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100
  • 14

    Nuke 10 includes smart vector tool set with the strong workflow of texturing and image sequencing using simple automated process. Modo’s 3D design software offers toolset, which includes modeling, sculpting, shading, rendering, rigging, and animation. Modo provides creative satisfaction for games and VR. It also supports standard file formats, avoids repetition modeling task, and allows dynamic simulation to create effects. The Foundry also offers an industry leading 3D painting tool called Mari. It delivers flexible and accurate painting process for developing the 3D model. Mari feature includes texture mapping, seamless data exchange, layering, and color management which involves color spacing, reducing error, and time-saving. Katana has a highly efficient, collaborative solution that enlarges the scope of creator in developing the challenging CG rendering enviornment. Hiero is the management and review solution that performs management task for efficient distribution of complex projects and work collaboratively to complete the project on time. The foundry has a very efficient product specifications, all the products support industry standard file format, follows the single product type licensing system, and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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    • Enterprise
    • London, UK
    • Founded: 1996
    • 51 to 100
  • 15

    SAP Visual Enterprise Generator transforms 3D CAD file into a lightweight file format used in downstream processes. SAP Visual Enterprise Author is the product used by the end-user to develop animated procedures, documents, and high definition images. SAP 3D Visual Enterprise Viewer is the end-user tool to view and interact with the published and authored content.

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    • Enterprise
    • Weinheim, Germany
    • Founded: 1972
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 75,001 to 1,00,000
  • 16

    Luxion group developed VELUX Daylighting Visualizer, a simulation tool, for VELUX group. It generates physically-based simulations and daylight simulations. It also analyze the daylight conditions in the building model and design. It also supports in developing and importing the 3D models and supports 3D desgin formats such as DWG, DXF, SKP, and OBJ.

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    • Startup
    • Tustin, California, US
    • Founded: 2010
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Startup
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • Founded: 1987
    • Below $10 MN
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • California, US
    • Founded: 1997
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • 51 to 100
    • Startup
    • Sunrise, Florida, US
    • Founded: 1987
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100

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