Luxion Releases KeyShot 9.1 and KeyShot for SOLIDWORKS

by | Feb 4, 2020

Tustin, California, February 10th, 2020 – Luxion, a leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology and maker of KeyShot®, the first real-time ray-tracing and global illumination program for 3D rendering and animation, today announced the release of KeyShot 9.1. This release continues with the focus in KeyShot 9 on flexibility and creative freedom with features that address workflow speed, material control, and render output.

With KeyShot 9, Luxion introduced real-time GPU ray tracing and AI denoise, RealClothTM technology, and tools to streamline model and material import. KeyShot 9.1 builds on these features with Unwrap UV to aid in the position and application of textures and labels, Name Templates to improve the filename options for render output workflow, and KeyShot Network Rendering with GPU support to scale up the rendering power to make use of all available networked graphics cards.

KeyShot 9 introduces UV Unwrap to create maps to accurately apply textures and labels to objects.

KeyShot 9.1 Feature Highlights
The following highlights the top features in KeyShot 9.1. More details and examples of the new capabilities in KeyShot 9 are available at The entire list of features and improvements in KeyShot 9, along with information on how each feature works, is available in the KeyShot 9 What’s New Guide. Key new features include:

Unwrap UV
Unwrap UV is a KeyShot Pro feature and the latest addition to the new KeyShot 9 Tools Menu. Unwrap UV enables KeyShot users to generate UV maps, a 2D representation of a 3D surface, which allows textures or labels to be accurately wrapped on the object’s surface. KeyShot’s Unwrap UV shows a preview of the object, provides options for one-click Quick Unwrap, for simple, shelled objects, or Advanced Unwrap, for defining Seams, Charts, and Direction, with Position Charts to adjust the size, scale, and rotation of the UV map after the object has been unwrapped. More information about using Unwrap UV is available here.

Name Templates
With Name Templates, KeyShot users now have precise control over the file name of the rendered image, animation, KeyShotXR, or Configurator. This provides the flexibility to automatically generate custom file names for the scene, with custom naming options that include the Revision, Scene Name, Active Camera, Current Date, and more. Custom Name Templates allows the use of filenames that match an organization’s naming convention or file structure. Additionally, it allows easier file navigation in the render output folder when rendering jobs that contain multiple images. More information about using Name Templates can be seen here.

KeyShot Network Rendering with GPU Support
Users of KeyShot 9 Network Rendering now have the added option of all available networked GPUs to power their rendering pipeline. This capability allows them to select their preferred target render mode, either by inheriting the selection from the existing scene or specifying GPU or CPU Mode. The updated 9.1 KeyShot Network Monitor shows the type of rendering “nodes” available on the network, allowing KeyShot users on the Mac to take full advantage of GPU rendering on a KeyShot 9.1 “worker” machine. More information on KeyShot Network Rendering with GPU is available here.

With this release, Luxion is introducing a new edition of KeyShot – KeyShot for SOLIDWORKS. This limited edition of KeyShot brings the features of KeyShot Pro along with direct SOLIDWORKS file import. All the features of KeyShot Pro are included with file support only limited to the import of SOLIDWORKS files (.sldprt, .sldasm). This edition is available exclusively to SOLIDWORKS users for a price of $1495. More information and download is available at

Additional Features
Additional features and improvements include GPU mode rendering improvements, including independent CPU/GPU switching for Render output and Real-time View, Curve Color Randomize node and AxF material support, render layer support for multi-GPU systems, and greatly improved and optimize memory usage. User Interface updates include improved Material Graph node arrangement, improved handling of locked parts, and improved responsiveness on startup and save. Material improvements include DPI sizing option for u3m, Flip Normals option for Fuzz, consistent brightness for Scattering Media in Product and Interior Lighting modes, and greatly improved caustics. Additionally, scenes saved in Performance mode will open in Performance mode, Models may be added to Favorites, support for 32-bit EXR HDRI files has been added, KeyShot Scripting has been updated to Python 3.8. A thorough overview of all new features, updates, and improvements is available in the KeyShot 9.1 Release Notes.

KeyShot 9.1 is available immediately for current KeyShot 9 users. KeyShot 9 is also available for purchase at and through all certified KeyShot resellers. KeyShot 7 or 8 users with active annual maintenance may upgrade to KeyShot 9 at no charge. Other customers may upgrade to KeyShot 9 for an incremental fee. For more details on pricing or current license, customers may contact For information on the new features in KeyShot 9, please visit or follow Luxion on Facebook or Twitter.

About Luxion
Luxion is a leading developer of advanced 3D rendering and lighting technology. KeyShot is the first real-time 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 Google, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Fossil, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, HP, Microsoft, Philips, Under Armour, Adidas and many more. Please visit for more information and follow Luxion on Facebook or Twitter.

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