Appearance Exchange Format (AxF)

AxF Whitepaper

AxF™ is a standard way to digitally store and share a material’s appearance across PLM, CAD and rendering applications

Integration of real world materials has always been the missing link in virtual product design. Traditionally, design teams have approximated the physical (optical) behavior of materials in digital tools through tedious and time-consuming manual re-creation and editing. These “hand-made” virtual representations are neither accurate nor able to be shared across the numerous design and rendering tools used at various stages of the workflow, creating significant challenges for designers.

AxF helps address these challenges by providing a vender-neutral file format to convey all appearance attributes digitally. AxF enables the creation of full-scale digital mock-ups featuring even sophisticated materials such as special-effects paints, leather, plastics, fabrics, wood, and brushed metals. AxF accelerates time to market by reducing design time and approval cycles. And, by solving interoperability issues across PLM, CAD, and rendering software applications, AxF ensures that design and marketing teams achieve a consistent look and feel from digital prototyping to showroom and point-of-sale environments.

Read the AxF whitepaper to learn more.

 

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Appearance Exchange Format (AxF)

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