It’s no secret that Luxion has been teaming up with everybody from software companies to material manufacturers left and right these days. Regardless of what program you use, chances are there’s some sort of a KeyShot plug-in, LiveLink, or Direct Import option for that. Now you can add one more to the pile.

Yesterday, it was announced that Luxion has partnered up with 3D Systems to establish Keyshot as the standard rendering solution to be included in 3D Systems products.

To jog your memory, Luxion had a partnership with Alibre around the same time that Luxion had a partnership with Geomagic. In what sounds like a game of CAD software PAC-MAN, Geomagic acquired Alibre, and then Geomagic was acquired by 3D Systems.

‘KeyShot for Geomagic Design’ is the first to kick off the new bundled option offerings from 3D Systems with more KeyShot integration on the way for their other products.


“We are reimagining the engineer’s desktop with our complete line up of solutions for Scan-based Design, mechanical design and haptic-enabled freeform design,” said Calvin Hur, VP and GM of Geomagic Solutions at 3D Systems in the official press statement. “Engineers will love having KeyShot’s world-class rendering as part of their Geomagic software.”

As for what 3D Systems has cooking in terms of their entire product ecosystem with the new integration, their goal is to push users into rendering their designs in KeyShot and then exporting the full-color models directly to their ProJet x60 line of Color Jet 3D Printers. The final models would then be used as a communicative asset with photo-realistic qualities for showing design or engineering team members and clients. Altogether, KeyShot provides a valuable step in the process by live-linking what the final print result will look like before committing to the final print.

“With 3D Systems’ seamless workflow from physical to digital to print creating product visuals can now easily be done throughout that entire process,” added Luxion CEO and co-founder Claus Wann Jensen. “When users need visual representations of their scan, design, modifications or 3D print, KeyShot provides the quality they expect.”

If you’re already using Geomagic Design, ‘KeyShot for Geomagic Design’ is available as a bundled option. An upgrade to ‘KeyShot HD for Geomagic Design’ is available for an additional $199 through 3D Systems and their resellers. As for other 3D Systems and KeyShot product integrations, expect those to be releasing in the near future.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.