Welcome back to our BricsCAD Journey! Today we’ll focus on render functionality. It’s easy and a great way to wrap up our tour of 3D modeling and visualization tools!

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You can access the Render tool (RENDER command) from various locations including the Rendering toolbar, which is turned off by default.

BricsCAD Render - Toolbar

The Rendering toolbar includes many tools in addition to Render. For example, it offers easy access to materials, lights, and visual styles. Let’s take a closer look at visual styles and how they compare to rendering.

Visual Styles

BricsCAD includes 10 pre-defined 3D visual styles which you can apply to the current viewport. They enable you to view your 3D model in different ways as you create and edit it.

BricsCAD Render - Visual Styles

You can create your own visual styles or modify properties of existing ones using the Visual Styles panels in Drawing Explorer.

Drawing Explorer - Visual Styles

You can also apply visual styles to the current viewport using Drawing Explorer, the Properties panel and the Render toolbar.

Properties - Visual Styles

The Realistic visual style, as you might expect, displays the most realistic representation of your model for viewing within a viewport. It’s great! But, you can produce higher quality and even more realistic images using the Render tool. There are some material properties, for example, that can only be represented when rendering. The following model includes wax candle within a glass vase. Behind them is a mirror. The left image shows what’s displayed in a viewport using the Realistic visual style. The right image is a rendering of the same model. Notice the reflection in the mirror. And, notice the refraction of the candle when looking at it directly compared to looking at it through the vase.

Render Reflection and Refraction


To produce the most realistic images of your 3D models, use the Render tool. It offers three options to output the rendered image and produces realistic representations of your model regardless of the current visual style.

Render destinations

The first option renders to the current viewport. The rendered image is temporary and will regenerate using the current visual style when you move the cursor.

Render to viewport

The second option opens a separate render window. It shows the render progress as a red square passes over each section of the grid until the rendering is complete. You can specify the width and height of the rendered image or select the option to use the same as viewport size.

Render to window

The third option also opens a separate rendering window and enables you to specify the output size. In addition, the completed rendering saves to the file name and location you specify in the Render dialog box.

Render Presets

You can control the quality of your rendering using Render Presets. Access them from Drawing Explorer (RENDERPRESETS command). BricsCAD includes 5 presets and you can create your own. Use the right-click menu to set the selected one current.

Drawing Explorer - Render Presets

The higher the quality, the longer your model will take to render. In the example below, the image on the left was rendered using the Draft preset. The one on the right rendered as Presentation quality. The Draft quality took me 1 minute to render. The Presentation quality took about 2.75 minutes.

Draft vs Presentation presets

It’s hard to see a difference in the small images above. They booth look great to me! But, looking closely you’ll notice differences such as the more realistic representation of the exhaust pipe in the presentation quality rendering.

Draft vs Presentation closeup

What next?

This was our 12th stop focusing on 3D Modeling and Visualization. It’s been fun, but we’re ready to move on to the final tour in our BricsCAD journey. Join me next time as we investigate 3rd party applications!

Looking Back

If you missed the previous tours on our BricsCAD Journey, it’s never too late to catch up! First, learn about functionality in the BricsCAD Classic Edition. Then, continue to the Pro Edition. Everything you learn about Classic also applies to Pro!