Showcase dosen´t seem to render custom material
and especially textures. Thats a major setback when
it comes to resource saving fences or logos for exam-
ple. Alpha channels are just great for this purpose
and it seems the textures aren´t rendered at all out
How to do it right? How to make use of the materials
with textures in showcase too? Autodesk materials
feature textures too and they work just fine.
My understanding is that the Autodesk materials are supposed to provide consistency across the products. The Autodesk Material library was only created a few years ago, so every product has it's own materials that were optimized for it's type of functionality.
I don't have Showcase installed right now, but I believe the Showcase materials have more properties than the Autodesk materials. You could try applying the checker plate material from the Autodesk library and the Showcase Enhanced Materials library and compare the settings in the Material Properties. (select an object and press Ctrl+M to open the material properties dialog).
Also, it's pretty easy to switch from an Inventor material to a Showcase material. You can right-click on an object and select the All Objects with this Material command. I've used this on a roller conveyor system, and it should work well for fencing.
I think I've hit the limit of my knowledge, but I hope this helped. I would try the Showcase forum if you want help finding specific textures or information on creating/converting decals.
that´s quite a bit I think. I thought about the material editor too
and usually I employ the same course of action when handling
materials. The downside is Showcase does not (now there I go)
show the custom materials or the Inventor materials.
I think I should collect all the cusom materials in a new library
and Import it. But I honestly don´t know how to do it right, plus
I don´t know wherethe librarys are located
That´s the situation I´m in currently.
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