Luxion Brings Live Linking and Support for Mechanisms to PTC Creo 2.0

by | Mar 12, 2013

Irvine, California, March 12th, 2013 – Luxion, a leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology and makers of KeyShot®, the first real time ray tracing and global illumination program, is pleased to announce a completely new level of connectivity between KeyShot 4 and PTC® Creo®  2.0 that will significantly enhance the overall workflow and further integrate the highest quality rendering and animation creation in the product development process.

With the release of KeyShot 4, Luxion has implemented new functionality between KeyShot 4 and PTC Creo 2.0 that allows users to push their design changes directly from the PTC Creo 3D modeling application into KeyShot and have the entire KeyShot scene update automatically. In addition, Luxion has added the ability for Mechanism Animations created within PTC Creo to be directly imported into KeyShot via the free KeyShot plugin for PTC Creo. With the powerful CPU-driven architecture that makes KeyShot the perfect solution for rendering large models created in PTC Creo, this adds a new level of integration into the product design process early prototyping phase, when the final design is being presented, or when sales and marketing images are being produced – a design update is literally just a button push away.


Mechanisms created in Creo can now be transferred directly into KeyShot and rendered out as an animation.


“Luxion is the first partner to bring this level of integration to the PTC Creo platform with their 3D rendering and animation solution,” says Michael Campbell, Executive Vice President, CAD Segment, PTC. “With the updated KeyShot plugin for PTC Creo, anyone involved in the product development process, including sales and marketing, can benefit from the ability to create stunning visuals from PTC Creo data with just a few clicks.”

Live Linking
With the KeyShot plugin installed, KeyShot and PTC Creo are connected in a live session. PTC Creo users will be able to make a change to the design at any level–update geometry, add, delete or move components–and send those updates directly to a running session of KeyShot. The scene inside KeyShot will update automatically while maintaining all materials, animation, camera and lighting setup. Optionally, the user can add a new design iteration to the scene rather than updating the existing design.

Mechanism Support
Included with the KeyShot plugin is the ability to transfer PTC Creo Mechanism into KeyShot. Users can create their mechanisms in PTC Creo, or take existing mechanisms, and with the selection of a button on the KeyShot tab, transfer the animation via the .fra animation file directly into KeyShot. The animations can be played back, adjusted in length, or used to create additional animation sequences. Once satisfied with the setup, the user can render out a high quality movie of the animation. View a video of how this works here.

Live Linking and Animation support is currently available as a core feature in KeyShot 4. The free KeyShot plugin for PTC Creo is available at A KeyShot and PTC Creo bundle is available to students and faculty through the PTC Web store. To learn more about KeyShot please visit

About Luxion
Luxion is a leading developer of advanced 3D rendering and lighting technology. KeyShot is the first realtime ray tracing application that uses a physically correct render engine based on scientific research in the areas of scientifically accurate material representation and global illumination. Addressing the visualization needs of designers, engineers, marketing professionals, photographers and CG specialists, KeyShot breaks down the complexity of creating photographic images and animations from 3D digital data. Luxion’s customer list includes many of the Fortune 1000 product manufacturers and major industrial design companies including Chrysler, Fossil, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, IDEO and SMART Design. For more information, please visit

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