In answer to your question about transferring your rendering skills
from Flamingo to V-Ray, the rendering tools of Flamingo aren’t
similar to V-Ray’s, but you’ll be able to take away a general
understanding of 3d rendering principles from Flamingo.
Compared to what else is available right now, V-Ray produces some of
the best jewelry renderings I’ve seen to date. Maxwell is also good,
but the rendering times are compartively very slow.
So, it’s doubtful anything will surpass V-Ray in the near future. If
you’re ready to take the leap, I guess now’s as good a time as any.
Having said that, there are some other rendering apps to consider.
If you’re concerned about a learning curve (which V-Ray will
present), take a look at Hypershot.
The “web version” is inexpensive and if you know Flamingo, you’ll be
up and running in Hypershot in about ten minutes. It’s great for
emailing works-in-progress to customers since it’s so fast and easy
If cost is a major concern and you don’t mind longer rendering
times, you might try Indigo. Like Maxwell it’s aphysically based,
The best thing about Indigo is that it’s free and produces good
quality renderings but the downside is that you must first export an
obj to Blender, since no one has developed a Rhino-to-Indigo exporter
for Rhino 4.0.
Another one to keep your eye open for is nXt for Rhino. A release of
a beta version has been promised but a date has not yet been
Here are a few renderings I’ve done with the alpha version.
Like Hypershot, it’s fast and simple to use, and if they can develop
discrete rendering environments for it has the potential
to rival V-Ray.
I’m also curious about Kerkythea. I don’t know of any CAD jewelers
using it and the renderings I’ve seen of close-up shiny objects tend
to be noisy looking.
Shoot me an email off -list if you want to discuss rendering… it’s
one of my favorite subjects!