Inventor General

Reply
Contributor
gsger5
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎01-25-2013
Message 1 of 8 (267 Views)

Are there any textures that also act as a light source?

267 Views, 7 Replies
01-30-2013 11:30 AM

Just looking for some good effects to put on an art piece. Some sections are very dark and I'd like to add some accent to them. I know that solidworks was some textures that emit light, I was curious if there was anything like that in Inventor.

*Expert Elite*
mrattray
Posts: 2,456
Registered: ‎09-13-2011
Message 2 of 8 (266 Views)

Re: Are there any textures that also act as a light source?

01-30-2013 11:32 AM in reply to: gsger5

Have you tried playing with the environment lights?

Mike (not Matt) Rattray

Contributor
gsger5
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎01-25-2013
Message 3 of 8 (264 Views)

Re: Are there any textures that also act as a light source?

01-30-2013 11:37 AM in reply to: mrattray

I've tried using those, but they just aren't having the desired effects.

*Pro
sbixler
Posts: 1,869
Registered: ‎09-15-2003
Message 4 of 8 (246 Views)

Re: Are there any textures that also act as a light source?

01-30-2013 02:28 PM in reply to: gsger5

Appearances can emit light.  Have you tried creating an appearance that uses the Self-Illumination settings?

Sam B
Inventor 2012 Certified Professional

Please click "Accept as Solution" if this response answers your question.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Inventor Professional 2013 SP1.1 Update 1
Windows XP Pro 32-bit, SP3
HP EliteBook 8730w; 4 GB RAM; Core™ 2 Duo T9400 2.53 GHz; Quadro FX2700M
SpaceExplorer/SpaceNavigator NB, driver 3.7.18
still waiting for a foreshortened radius dimensioning tool in Drawing Manager

*Expert Elite*
blair
Posts: 3,934
Registered: ‎11-13-2006
Message 5 of 8 (238 Views)

Re: Are there any textures that also act as a light source?

01-30-2013 10:43 PM in reply to: sbixler

You should be able to put and direct lights in Studio to cover almost every option.

Did you find this reply helpful ? If so please use the Accept as Solution or Kudos button below.

IV2015 up1 PDSU / Sim Mech 2015 /
Win7-64
EVGA X79 - Classified, iCore7 3930k 32Gb Quad-Channel
950Gb (2 x 500Gb Sata III SSD RAID0 Adaptec 6805E Controller)
Nvidia GTX-690 Classified - 335.23
SpacePilot Pro 3.17.7, 6.17., 4.11
*Expert Elite*
sam_m
Posts: 594
Registered: ‎11-05-2003
Message 6 of 8 (230 Views)

Re: Are there any textures that also act as a light source?

01-31-2013 12:37 AM in reply to: blair

Imagine an electroluminecent cord - this could be formed into any shape like some string and would provide a local glow to its surroundings along its path.  How could you do this with environmental lights?  Not to mention trying to animate this cord moving...

 

Inventor has a setting for emissive colour - this should be a setting to turn it into a light source, you know, to emit light...  It doesn't actually do this though, and just causes that part to be a bit brighter and doesn't transmit to any surroundings.  The default Inventor (2012 and earlier - not on 2013 and its new colours yet) colours compound the issue by using an emissive value with highly reflective parts - last time I checked, no matter how much I polished a mirror it didn't start giving off light...

 

To, to answer the OP, nope - despite suggesting it should be possible with emissive settings, it doesn't.

----------
Please mark this response as "Accept as Solution" if it answers your question...
but please understand that the solution may not be the answer you're wanting to hear...

If you have found any post to be helpful, even if it's not a direct solution, then please provide that author kudos - spread that love :smileyvery-happy:

Lithium - helping nntp users with mania, depression and headaches
Active Contributor
Rory_M
Posts: 59
Registered: ‎04-14-2011
Message 7 of 8 (200 Views)

Re: Are there any textures that also act as a light source?

01-31-2013 11:52 AM in reply to: gsger5

It's possible in 2013.

 

Set a self illumination colour as shown in my image and ramp the luminance up quite high.

 

si.png

 

Make sure that when you render you use the one of the "Global Lighting" lighting styles.

 

lighting.png

 

You should end up with something like the image below.

 

4 - Self Illumination Render.jpg

 

 

*Expert Elite*
sam_m
Posts: 594
Registered: ‎11-05-2003
Message 8 of 8 (179 Views)

Re: Are there any textures that also act as a light source?

02-01-2013 12:22 AM in reply to: Rory_M

that's cool - good to see the emissive (guess it's now called luminence) can actual emit light :smileyvery-happy:

 

so, without knowing the OP's Inventor version it's either yes (for 2013) or no (2012 and earlier)...

----------
Please mark this response as "Accept as Solution" if it answers your question...
but please understand that the solution may not be the answer you're wanting to hear...

If you have found any post to be helpful, even if it's not a direct solution, then please provide that author kudos - spread that love :smileyvery-happy:

Lithium - helping nntp users with mania, depression and headaches

You are not logged in.

Log into access your profile, ask and answer questions, share ideas and more. Haven't signed up yet? Register

Announcements
Are you familiar with the Autodesk Expert Elites? The Expert Elite program is made up of customers that help other customers by sharing knowledge and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration. To learn more, please visit our Expert Elite website.

Need installation help?

Start with some of our most frequented solutions to get help installing your software.

Ask the Community


Inventor Exchange Apps

Created by the community for the community, Autodesk Exchange Apps for Autodesk Inventor helps you achieve greater speed, accuracy, and automation from concept to manufacturing.

Connect with Inventor

Twitter

Facebook

Blogs

Pinterest

Youtube