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LightWorks Plug-in for TurboCAD Deluxe and Expert 2017

LightWorks Plug-in for TurboCAD Deluxe and Expert 2017

LightWorks Plug-in for TurboCAD Deluxe and Expert 2017

Platform: PC
Status: Available


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 The LightWorks Plug-in for TurboCAD Deluxe and Expert enhances the program’s lighting, luminance, and photorealistic rendering capabilities for more robust, high powered renders. This plug-in integrates directly with the TurboCAD material editor and Desgin Director.  Appropriate for TurboCAD Deluxe 2016, 2017 and TurboCAD Expert 2017 owners.

LightWorks Plug-in

TurboCAD Deluxe 2017 and TurboCAD Expert 2017 include a powerful rendering engine for quick and easy presentations of your design. For customers looking for more rendering options, the LightWorks Plug-in for TurboCAD 2017 enhances the program’s photorealistic rendering capabilities with more robust, high power rendering.
  • Integrates directly with the TurboCAD material editor
  • Ability to create customer color, materials, and effects
  • Both bitmap based textures and procedural materials
  • OpenGL based lights that can be adjust in the TurboCAD Design Director
  • Luminances with advanced lighting properties



The LightWorks Plug-in for TurboCAD Deluxe and TurboCAD Expert integrates directly with TurboCAD’s material editor. It also provides numerous shaders to create materials and their finishes with a real-time preview. This is available even on a selection from the model instead of just a simple cube or sphere (also available). When creating or altering materials, there are extensive descriptions of each shader in the dialog window to simplify each step.

There are over 500 materials included, with the ability to create hundreds custom Colours, Materials, and Effects to extend your rendering capabilities. Some LightWorks materials are bitmap based textures, others are procedural materials, which means that the pattern is calculated so that it does not repeat in a tiling manner. 

Bitmap textures may be brought into TurboCAD and used as material textures, including support for objects with alpha channel transparency. This can be useful for entourage, or landscaping and a 2D image of a tree can render much faster than a high-polygon 3D modeled tree with each leaf being calculated separately.

Lighting & Luminance

The LightWorks Plug-in for TurboCAD Deluxe and TurboCAD Expert offers robust support for lighting and luminances. Lights are OpenGL based, are quick to add and use, but are more limited in their options than Luminances (see below). Lights may be added with a click, and their properties adjusted in the Design Director, which also enables creating light sets that can be turned on or off as a group.

Luminances include advanced lighting properties that can be assigned to the whole model, or to specific objects within the model. Any number of lights may be combined, so that an Ambient luminance may be used, then augmented by other lights and luminances. 

Luminances include:
  • Ambient – Illuminates all surfaces equally, regardless of orientation.
  • Area – Simulates a luminous surface.
  • Area Goniometric – Combines both area light and goniometric properties.
  • Area Goniometric – Combines both area light and goniometric properties.
  • Area Sky – Limited Sky light covering the light that passes through portals such as a window or door.
  • Distant – Illuminates consistently, is directional and parallel.
  • Eye — sourced at the view point.
  • Goniometric — directed light defined by an .ies file (a text-based file) often provided by lighting manufacturers for their bulbs or fixtures.
  • Point — emanates from a single point in all directions.
  • Projector — projects a graphic image onto a solid object based on a raster image file, and which is often combined with environmental dust or fog to catch the beam as at the cinema.
  • Simple Environment — lights a scene based on an environmental map such as an HDR image, or even a .jpg or .png file.
  • Simple Sky — lights the model based on a uniformly bright hemispherical dome.
  • Sky — light that simulates a sky light providing soft and natural shadows and is modeled as a hemisphere of infinite radious and positioned above the center of the model.
  • Spot — provides directional light that is constrained to a cone.
  • Sun — projects a spot light from a very distant point to simulate outdoor sunlighting, and which, when combined with Sky lights provides a realistic rendering effect./span>

With each light and luminance there are numerous properties. Combine them effectively and the possibilities are endless. Create natural lighting for various conditions, artificial lighting to simulate any environment necessary, or mood lighting to emphasise elements of a design and provide an impact. Lighting is a very powerful element in the design communication process. 


his version of the Lightworks Plug-in requires TurboCAD Deluxe 2017 or TurboCAD Expert 2017.

64-Bit – Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 7 (64-bit), or Windows Vista (64-bit).  8 GB RAM.  1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster CPU.

32-Bit – Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7.  4 GB RAM.  1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster CPU.