I'm jumping the gun a little on the Friday Pics. This is my first image post
as I can't post any of the equipment we design at work for confidentiality
reasons. Here's a few test renderings I made at home using a well known
Inventor sample assembly.
This is an Inventor model, but I must admit it has not been rendered using
IV Studio. I have used the newly released 3ds Max 9 which employs the
integrated Mental Ray 3.5 rendering engine to create these images. I have
not had the chance to play around with IV Studio much. I know it uses Mental
Ray as well and I'm curious if it allows the flexibility 3ds Max allows to
create images similar to this. Beyond the materials used, a large factor is
setting up the enviornment which consists of no lights, but rather
image-based lighting using HDRI images. This creates the reflections and the
overall 'feel' of the lights and shadows.