KeyShot Support for X-Rite AxF

by | May 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Today, in partnership with X-Rite, we announce the support of X-Rite’s Appearance Exchange Format (AxF) within KeyShot. AxF is a vendor-neutral format, developed by X-Rite, that enables full communication of visual appearance data in a single, editable file. Like KeyShot it’s one more way to improve the design virtualization process and produce high quality visuals quickly.

“With X-Rite’s AxF, you can set the complete appearance using just a single file,” explains Dries Vervoort, Digital Media Artist at Luxion. “So for users with a X-Rite TAC7 scanner or using their scanning service, it’s one of the fastest ways to produce accurate materials. Material properties like diffuse color, specular, bump, roughness and others are captured and calibrated in AxF files, leaving less guesswork for the end user.”

X-Rite will be at KeyShot RenderWorld in Huntington Beach, California on May 15-16, 2017. They’ll have a complete setup to show how material and texture can be captured, then brought into KeyShot. We’ll have demo stations demonstrating the capabilities within KeyShot 7 (to be released later this year) as well as the KeyShot Render Bar with KeyShot experts on hand to answer questions.

For more information on X-Rite’s AxF format and AxF sample files, visit their website at You can try KeyShot today and use AxF materials and look toward improved support in KeyShot 7 coming later this year. 

Get a $500 material scan—Free!


The X-Rite Total Appearance Capture (TAC7TM) Scanner measures color, gloss, texture, transparency and other appearance characteristics of a given physical sample.

Appearance properties are captured digitally and communicated using the Appearance Exchange Format (AxF), managed within the digital material library in the Pantora Material Hub. Visit the X-Rite booth to try it out for yourself and receive a scan of your chosen material sample—a $500 value—free.*

Don’t have the material sample you want on hand? No problem. Just mail it to our headquarters by June 30, 2017 to take advantage of this offer.

Shipping Address:
X-Rite, Incorporated
Attention: Thomas Meeker, KeyShot Scan
4300 44th St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Need more information? Contact Terri Bartlett at [email protected]

*Details – Limit 1 scan per company. All material data will be sent after the event. First come, first serve! 

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