Enscape Real Time Rendering in Revit + C.R.A.F.T. Innovative Fabrication Technology

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The ANT Group Jim Balding Architect

Enscape Real-Time Rendering in Revit

Enscape Jim Balding The ANT GroupHave you ever needed to present sketches or models to customers and wish it could be easier for the customers to understand?  We all know rendering and virtual walk-throughs are important to achieve this goal, but with so many products on the market making these claims, it is hard to find just the right fit.  I think I did!  I was introduced to Enscape a while back and recently decided to give it a whirl.  Enscape is a plug-in for Autodesk Revit that seems to fit my style of design and providing a realistic “feel” for my sketches.  This plug-in can be accessed through Revit’s Add-on section on the toolbar allowing us to quickly and easily render models and create walkthrough animations of your projects.

Most recently, I used it on the Estancia High School project to provide a more realistic representation of the project by adding “cardboard sketchy “people.  This keeps the sketches as a concept and open for further interpretation before final models are created.

This dynamic tool lets you to continue to be creative and works with Revit, SketchUp, and Rhino.

Innovative Fabrication Technology: C.R.A.F.T.

The ANT Group Jim Balding ArchitectRecently, while working on the Estancia High School project, we were fortunate to be introduced to C.R.A.F.T. Their technology vision for architectural design closely matches ours and provides The ANT Group the ability to explore new methods and processes to create unique products and solutions for our clients.

C.R.A.F.T stands for Creative Research and Fabrication Technology. Located in Anaheim, they are an innovative, digital fabricator of custom architectural features such as furniture, walls, casework, signage, and more. They continuously challenge conventional methods and offer everything from traditional CNC fabrication to 3D printing and modeling.

Our recent collaboration with C.R.A.F.T involved the design and fabrication of wall sconces to be used in the Estancia High School project design review. The ANT Group designed a model in Revit and provided a .dxf file to C.R.A.F.T for CNC production. The result was a half size prototype of one of the wall sconces to present to the project committee. Having available a company that can offer direct fabrication allowed us to quickly communicate and demonstrate an idea and receive immediate approval from the customer.

“Having 3D printed models and the light fixture prototype at our meetings was way beyond our expectations and not only communicated the design, it motivated all the other committee members to prioritize the project as well.  We love working with The ANT Group”

Tim Tolzda – Vice Principal, Estancia High School


The ANT Group is excited to have both of these companies, their teams, and their commitment to innovation, as a resource for our clients!