Lumion for ArchiCADQuicken design workflows with real-time rendering for ArchiCAD
Lumion compatibility and real-time rendering for ArchiCAD
Graphisoft ArchiCAD is an industry-leading BIM modeling program esteemed for its clean interface and extensive capabilities, covering everything from project planning to implementation.
And no matter what phase of the project you’re in, Lumion is your perfectly-suited 3D rendering program that enhances ArchiCAD workflows while reducing the amount of time it takes to create beautiful images, videos and 360 panoramas.
Additionally, with the help of the free, real-time rendering plugin called LiveSync for ArchiCAD, your modeling and rendering workflows merge into one process, giving you deep insight into the life and beauty of your design.
“[Lumion] really changes the way we communicate because we can iterate much faster through the process.”
Why use Lumion to render your ArchiCAD projects?
Lumion is 3D rendering software made especially with the needs of architects in mind, and this includes architects and designers who are using ArchiCAD for their BIM and 3D design work.
All you need is the 3D model from your ArchiCAD project, and Lumion helps you bring it to life. In a few short minutes, you can highlight the beauty of your project by unveiling it in its full, detail-rich context, complete with shadows, lighting, rich and animated entourage, and all the other benefits of a Lumion environment. And the best part — you can learn how to create beautiful renders with Lumion in less than 15 minutes. No formal training required.
Accelerate your 3D rendering
Lumion offers several benefits when it comes to 3D rendering. From its speed and ease to its standout visual quality, Lumion makes the process of rendering an easy, no-stress affair from every angle.
For instance, with the help of Lumion LiveSync for ArchiCAD, you can model and render simultaneously, saving you time on both workflows. Additionally, with 1,350+ materials and 6,900+ models in the built-in Lumion content library, it’s easier than ever to breathe beauty, texture and realism into your designs.
Two ways to import ArchiCAD models into Lumion
1. Real-time rendering with LiveSync
Lumion LiveSync for ArchiCAD is the free real-time rendering plugin that seamlessly connects your ArchiCAD and Lumion projects.
By modeling your design in Lumion’s breathtaking environments, you can always see how your choices will impact the final result. Solve design problems by exploring how your model interacts with real-life elements such as light and shadow. And enhance presentations by making changes to your model on-the-fly and rendering them immediately, beautifully.
2. Export from ArchiCAD to Lumion
While we recommend using the LiveSync plugin for faster, more efficient model importation, Lumion also allows smooth and flawless functionality if you prefer to import your ArchiCAD model file.
For a good experience in Lumion, it can help to export your model from ArchiCAD as a Collada (.DAE) file. For more information about importing your ArchiCAD files into Lumion, check out the tutorial on the left or visit the ArchiCAD model import guidelines.
Tips & Troubleshooting
Did you know that you can also replace your ArchiCAD imported objects with Lumion library objects?
Or why some materials are automatically converted to water and glass in Lumion?