I’m looking for opinions on favorite rendering packages.Things I am taking into account for my benchmark are: ease of use, realistic images, and required skill level.
I’m considering the Bunkspeed package but I’ve heard wildfire 5.0 has pretty good rendering capabilities.I ordered 5.0 with the advanced rendering package for a 90 trial but I haven’t had time to take a look at it.
A powerfull and free tool is Blender from www.blender.org. It has a unique UI, which takes some effort to learn, but seems to be very effecient after a while. And there are loads of free tutorials for Blender and material libraries.
Blender defaults to .slp import when importing Pro/ENGINEER models, but can also import Wavefront (.obj) which is my prefered format as it contains the appearances declared to the models in Pro/ENGINEER.
(Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 M092andWindchill 9.0M050 on Windows)