Iowa State University Students Visualize Ideas with KeyShot

by | Aug 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Iowas State kicked of their Industrial Design program in 2010. Each year 35 students are accepted into the program with nearly 200 applications submitted. It’s no surprise. The Iowa State ID program is very unique, providing a comprehensive approach to teaching design as well as providing access to and involvement with the other design programs in the Ames, Iowa based University that boasts over 30,000 students each year. They have standardized on KeyShot as the rendering application to provide creation of visuals throughout the process and continue to give students an edge in a highly competitive degreed program. We talked to them more about how students are learning and how they are using KeyShot to visualize their ideas.


How has KeyShot helped ISU students/faculty save time, money or improve quality?
The best example of the quality jump was the first semester we brought in KeyShot. At the beginning of a studio sponsored by Calphalon in which the students made presentations to Calphalon designers, marketing people and engineers, the first illustrations on the posters and PDF projected presentations were hand rendered and digitally printed. They looked like very good student work. By the fifth week of the semester they had learned intro to SolidWorks and had just been introduced to KeyShot. The results were remarkable. Even the Calphalon people mentioned the jump in quality and verisimilitude.

I have spent years teaching animation, rendering, modeling and lighting using the main surface modelers. It took me a fraction of the time to get the students running decent renders on KeyShot.”
The students responded to how quickly they could get polished results. I have spent years teaching animation, rendering, modeling and lighting using the main surface modelers. It took me a fraction of the time to get the students running decent renders on KeyShot. KeyShot presents a quick straightforward interface towards good looking and well lit images with studio and exterior lighting presets and a good selection of surfaces and materials for the student to play what if.

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