lumion workstations

lumion workstations

When architecture, engineering, and construction professionals need a quick and easy way to render CAD designs into striking visual displays, they turn to Lumion, the software that allows you to transform models into richly textured renders and make real-time design alterations.

Lumion is a widely used software among AEC professionals because of its ability to render intensely realistic building interiors and exteriors. Users can also create lush landscapes of hundreds of trees and animate humans interacting with their models, which helps to bring models to life for clients and other collaborators. Functionally, Lumion is compatible with a host of other CAD applications, making it a versatile tool for fast and high-quality rendering. Though Lumion requires little training to operate beforehand, AEC professionals must have high-powered Lumion workstations to ensure they're able to maximize the software's potential.

Dedicated Lumion Workstation

When viewing a Lumion-rendered model, the visuals are so realistic, textured, and smooth that it makes interacting with Lumion akin to playing a high-end PC game. Indeed, like those games, Lumion works best with a graphics card posting a PassMark score of 6000 or higher (e.g. NVIDIA GeForce RTX or RTX).

But graphics cards aren't the only hardware components you’ll need to optimize Lumion features. You also require a Lumion workstation configured to support single-threaded workflows and high viewport frame rates that enable such realistic visuals. As opposed to multi-threaded tasks that benefit from more CPU cores, Lumion workflows benefit from increased CPU frequency. Recommended Lumion hardware is the eight-core APEXX S3 professionally overclocked to 5.3GHz and featuring up to two professional GPUs.

  • CAD, 3D content & motion media flagship. 


Top Lumion 11.5 Features

Lumion 11.5 helps you capture the deeply personal connection between a home or building and the people who inhabit it. Render your client’s dream home, render a story that ignites emotions, render the spaces where life happens.

  • Retro-inspired objects
  • Joyful characters
  • Orthographic view
  • Animated phasing (Pro only)
  • Rain streaks (Pro only)
  • Volumetric fire (Pro only)
  • Micro shadows for spotlights
  • Shadows for omni lights
  • Improved grass lighting
  • Metallic car shader (Pro only)
  • New objects (some Pro only)
  • New materials
  • OSM satellite maps (Pro only)
  • Custom IES spotlights
  • LiveSync for BricsCAD
  • RAL color picker
  • High-quality theater preview
  • Multifunctional clip planes
  • Artistic panorama effects
  • New character silhouettes
  • Rendered measurements
  • Basic tutorials for new users
  • Updated user interface
  • Other workflow improvements
  • Foundation change

Lumion with other CAD Apps

Because Lumion can be effectively used alongside a number of other CAD modeling applications, you can simultaneously edit Lumion visualizations as you make changes in BIM software—even after you’ve spent time adding textures and materials.

Of course, when using applications side by side, it's important to remain aware of the potential compute bottlenecks that may result from such a configured workstation. Both Lumion workflows and BIM workflows are single-threaded, and thus frequency bound, meaning the number of CPU cores doesn’t affect performance. Address this by looking at the overclocked, eight-core APEXX S3, A Lumion workstation designed to accelerate both creative workflows.

  • CAD, 3D content & motion media flagship. 


On the Go

Lumion makes it easy to change visualizations on the fly, which is how many AEC pros often work. Mobility is highly desired for any task, whether making a presentation to various stakeholders or working with a client across the country. When looking for mobile Lumion recommended hardware, pay attention to the same criteria that enable peak desktop Lumion performance. Our GoBOXX mobile line has a number of Lumion workstations that fit functional and computing needs. The 2.6GHz GoBOXX SLM features eight CPU cores and is the lightest, thinnest Lumion recommended hardware available, while the GoBOXX MXL(with an Intel Core i7 processor and 64 GB of memory) is the perfect desktop replacement.

  • 17" Intel 11th Gen, RTX A3000 or A5000 & number keyboard


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