How to Create Cloudy Plastic Material in KeyShot

by | Mar 29, 2012 | 0 comments

KeyShot 7 features a brand new Cloudy Plastic material that contains light-scattering particles to replicate complex, scientifically accurate materials such as Polycarbonate or ABS.

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Have you ever wanted to create a material that had the appearance of cloudy plastic? This type of material would be used for packaging, plastic lids, storage containers and other slightly transparent parts. In this quick tip Brian Townsend shows you how to create any color cloudy plastic with varying levels of clarity using the ‘Advanced’ material type.

Cloudy Plastic Material in KeyShot

Creating a cloudy plastic material couldn’t be easier. With KeyShot, you have an Advanced Material. Double-click on your part, select Advanced from the material type pulldown and you’ll see a set of options that provide complete control over the appearance of the part. There are three settings you’ll adjust – Diffuse, Specular and Specular Transmission. This translates to:

Diffuse – level of cloudiness
Specular – intensity of highlights
Specular Transmission – opacity and color of transparent plastic

To practice yourself, you can download Vince Haley’s storage container model from GrabCAD or see all the settings in this KeyShot .bip file

We had a challenge from Philippe Vanagt on Facebook. “what I’d like to know is … can you render this with white plastic cloudy-milky plastic ? And in the best case .. put an object inside and have the color of that object blead trough .. can you do THAT?”

Well Philippe, yes, yes we can.

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Written By Josh Mings


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