Motorbike rendered with SketchFX and AmbientOcclusion

We’ve just released SketchFX Ex: this new version introduces animation support to SketchFX visualizations. You can download the demo version here.

Lancia with AmbientOcclusion

We are glad to a to announce the release of AmbientOcclusion Ex, a new advanced version of our AmbientOcclusion extension supporting animation rendering. You can give it a try here.

AmbientOcclusion 1.9.0

We are glad to announce the release of AmbientOcclusion 1.9.0, you can download it here.

We included a lot of improvements in this version:

  • Parallel projection and Two-Point Perspective camera support
  • Added Gain parameter to control overall scene intensity
  • Improved licensing system
  • Speed Improvements and bug fixes


We’re proud to announce SketchFX our new visualization extension for SketchUp! You can watch images and videos or download the trial version here.

We’ve just fnished restyling and improving our website; it took a while, but now it’s completely responsive and much more modern looking. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

We’re pleased to announce the release of update 3.0.4 for Mold Simulator and Frame Simulator, our thermal bridge analysis and window transmittance computation softwares. Please go to their respective pages to get the latest viewer version.
Here you are the list of changes:

– fRsi sample label;
– segment opacity;
– ability to select vertices by one or more material names;
– lambda value on library materials’ name;
– .csv files importing improvement;
– continuous facade Utj – PSIj computation;
– boundary library access from Bridge Generator;
– psi contributions separation when using three boundary conditions;
– various bug fixes.

We’ve just released update 3.0.2 for Mold Simulator and Frame Simulator, our thermal bridge analysis and window transmittance computation softwares. Please go to their respective pages to get the latest viewer version.

Thermal Bridge

Thanks to U-factors feature of Mold Simulator 3, it is possible to compute the contribution of every room to global psi value of a thermal bridge. In this tutorial we’ll refer to file example13.mos contained in Mold Simulator’s documentation folder.
Suppose you’ve a T type of thermal bridge:

Thermal Bridge
It is very important to create two different section elements (“Top element” and “Bottom element”) to get correct results.
We want to use four different boundary conditions for the internal environments; for this reason you must pay particular attention to boundaries setup.
1- Every internal boundary must have the same temperature;
2- Grouping must be by temperature, but you must disable “Just connected boundaries” option;
3- A separate U-factor surface must be associated to each boundary;
4- U-factors of room A must be grouped under “Room A” U-factors group (same for U-factors of room B).

Thermal Bridge
Now you’re ready to get separate linear thermal transmittance contributions of this thermal bridge simply passing to simulation tab.

Thermal Bridge

In many thermal bridge computations, you can choose the reference point against which to calculate the linear thermal transmittance (psi). The most common example is the edge of a building:
Thermal Bridge
It is possible to calculate psi compared to the internal reference point (lengths A and B) or outside (C and D). Thanks to Mold Simulator 3’s new features, you can do both with a single project following these simple steps:
1- plot the section elements to identify lengths C and D of the thermal bridge:

Thermal Bridge
2- change the properties of the newly created items by enabling the “double-length” option. Some new lines will appear for each item;
3- adapt to the new lines in order to identify the lengths A and B:

Thermal Bridge
Turning to “Simulation” tab, you will notice two distinct values of thermal bridge’s linear thermal transmittance (psi): one refers to the internal reference point and the other one to the outside point. For more information, please go to Mold Simulator page.

Frame Simulator is our flagship software for window transmittance (EN ISO 10077-2) computation. After two years of development, we’re pleased to announce Frame Simulator 3; for more information please go to Frame Simulator page.