Intuitive 3D motion simulation, scene building and animation for packaging and display design.

Ashlar-Vellum Kinetics offers easily configured tools for precision motion simulation, animation, scene building and sharing for design and assembly of packaging and point-of-purchase displays. Available on both Mac and Windows, Kinetic allows designs to be shared with technical and non-technical users to optimize product and assembly performance, reduce the number of physical prototype needed, and to aid in the creation of interactive assembly instructions. Kinetics users include point-of-purchase display and packaging designers, 3D artists and modelers, and others.

Kinetics offers precision motion simulation tools for analysis and presentation.

Importing 3D Models

Kinetics supports importing 3D models from many of the standard file formats, including: STEP, IGES, STL and DXF (Ashlar-Vellum Xenon™ exports all of these) or 3D PDF (AlphaCorr Dieline Genius and Folding Genius export this).

Kinetics offers scene building, animation and visualization of design and assembly for packaging, point-of-sales and standalone displays.
Build 3D scenes using existing 3D models while maintaining
the assembly structure of packaging and point-of-purchase displays.

Building 3D Scenes

Kinetics provides all the needed tools to build 3D scenes from existing packaging and display models. In addition to the Object Move tools found in modern 3D applications to place models in the scene, Kinetics offers unique tools like Snap-to-Object and Snap-to-Ground to make building 3D scenes intuitive and fast. Kinetics maintains the assembly structure of imported 3D models, allowing you to select the face, body, part, subassembly or assembly on which to work. Kinetics also enables the addition of 3D text to any scene.

Creating 3D PDF Files

3D scenes created in Kinetics are exported as 3D PDF files that are easily opened using Acrobat Reader (available free from Adobe) by non-technical users, allowing them to view, rotate, and interact with the 3D scene.

Kinetics generates a customizable 3D PDF file, including:

  • Page size and margins
  • Page background (image and music)
  • Header/Footer text
  • Automatic camera animation
  • Rendering styles from solid, Illustration, transparent, and others
  • Light system selection from CAD Optimized, night, highlight and others
Kinetics exports as a 3D PDF for easy viewing of boxes, packaging, freestanding and point-of-purchase displays in Adobe Acrobat.
Create 3D PDF files that can be opened
in Adobe Acrobat for easy viewing.

Rendering Photorealistic Images

Kinetics includes a high quality, accurate and extremely fast global illumination renderer, which quickly creates high quality photorealistic images. Assigning materials is by dragging them from the included materials library and dropping them on the 3D objects.

Create high quality photorealistic renderings of boxes, packaging, point-of-purchase and standalone displays.
Create high quality photorealistic renderings.

Lighting Scenes

Kinetics creates different types of lights to achieve high quality rendered images.

Creating Animations

Kinetics easily creates animations showing the assembly of a packing kit or a walkthrough past a point-of-purchase display.

Creating Animated Movies

Animations created in Kinetics can be rendered and used to create movies that are posted on the web and shared with others. Parts, subassemblies and assemblies can interact with each other based on physical properties and joints.

Create 3D motion or walkthrough animations of folding carton and corrugated packaging, point-of-sale and freestanding structural displays.
Create 3D motion or walkthrough animations.

Exporting 3D Scenes

3D models and scenes are exported to the following files formats: OBJ, FBX, Collada, STL, U3D, BIP, DirectX and OSG.

Exporting Animated 3D PDF Files

Animations created in Kinetics can be used to create animated 3D PDF files which include the motion of objects and cameras.

Exporting to iPad

3D scenes created in Kinetics can be exported to iPad as SimLab archive files (*.zim). which are opened in the SimLab CAD Viewer.