Design Visualization

Autodesk Maya for Architects and Designers

The award-winning Autodesk® Maya® software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution with deep roots in the film and games industries. Leading architects, automotive and consumer product designers, and creative advertising professionals also benefit from the unique Maya toolset for exploring, validating, and conveying their designs.

Maya for Architecture

The power of Maya for architects lies in its flexibility for generating architectural forms and shapes. Maya offers a robust platform with extensive modeling toolsets that complement the building information modeling (BIM) workflow during conceptualization. Architects can also develop their own rules in Maya with the powerful, embedded scripting language, Maya Embedded Language (MEL).

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  • Gage/Clemenceau Architects—This innovative New York City-based architectural and design firm uses Maya to move beyond architectural design limits.

  • American University of Sharjah—Award-winning architecture and design students help design buildings in the Middle East with Maya and other Autodesk digital innovation technologies.

  • Student Engineering & Design Community (login required)—Students benefit from tutorials and blogs, expert advice from design professionals, trial downloads, and more.

Maya for Automotive

Automotive designers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) use Maya to complement the Alias and Showcase software families when performing a variety of tasks such as modeling, data preparation and cleanup, and advanced visualization. Automotive marketing departments and their ad agencies also use Maya to turn automobile digital design data into highly realistic advertisements used in print, on the web, and in television commercials—reducing the need for costly physical prototypes and photo shoots.

  • The powerful modeling and cloth dynamics tools in Maya complement Alias products during the design process to model and create photorealistic renders of soft parts, such as convertible roofs and car seats. Designers can model and visualize exactly how the folds and stitching will appear on a leather seat.

  • During design review, Maya can be employed to animate character-based ergonomics studies to aid in design validation.

  • Advanced Maya animation, photorealistic rendering, and compositing functionality aids the design review process through sophisticated animated sequences showing automobile concepts in a variety of location backdrops during different seasons, times of day, and atmospheric conditions.

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  • Armstrong White—Detroit-based creative agency Armstrong White uses Autodesk Maya, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, and Autodesk Showcase software to transform automotive CAD data into stunning visuals for print, web, and multimedia.

  • Automotive Reel—Leading automotive manufacturers, engineers, and designers use Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design and Maya software to visualize their automotive designs.

  • Maya Automotive Demonstration—Autodesk Maya is used in a workflow with the Autodesk® Alias® family of products to create this detailed automotive visualization.

Maya for Consumer Products Manufacturing

Maya enables consumer product manufacturers to incorporate CAD data into engaging product collateral, and is a natural extension of the Alias and Showcase product families for creating advanced rendering and animated visualizations of digital prototypes. The advanced mental ray® rendering technology in Maya software enables designers and computer graphics (CG) artists to create virtual photography and cinematography indistinguishable from reality.

  • Prepare and present digital prototypes by creating advanced software-rendered, animated visualizations and high-resolution still images for design reviews and client presentations.

  • Add animated characters to scenes, animate products and exploded diagrams, and place products in their intended settings for in-context visualization.

  • Market products in print, on the web, and in television commercials without the need for costly physical prototypes and photography shoots.

  • Leverage data interoperability between Maya and Alias products, as well as Showcase and certain third-party tools to give designers and CG artists flexibility for the design, animation, and rendering of digital prototypes within a single unified pipeline from Autodesk.

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