Appearance eXchange Format (AxF)

Appearance eXchange Format (AxF)

The Digital Twin of A Physical Material

Appearance Exchange Format - AxF

Design With Confidence and Communicate With Ease

AxF is the foundational component of X-Rite’s Total Appearance Capture (TAC™) Ecosystem. AxF files are used to capture, store, edit, and communicate complex material characteristics throughout the digital design workflow.

The Challenge

Capturing material appearance data in a single, editable, portable file format is an obstacle in the virtualization of products, especially when different formats are used in parallel. This poses an issue when consistency in appearance must be achieved. AxF is the first format designed for system-independent of communication digital appearance.

The Solution

AxF delivers a standardized format for communicating material appearance data. It is used with a variety of CAD, PLM, 3D rendering solutions. AxF is used in product design, development, manufacturing, sales and marketing. It is an industry first, and is helping brands reduce cycle time, control cost and ensure consistency in color and appearance.

AxF Material Rendering
Photorealistic Material Representation Real World Integration

AxF is a vendor-neutral appearance format. It is scalable, ensuring efficient access for large data; and extensible, extensions can be defined without harming existing support in 3rd party applications.

Accelerate Time to Market Consistent and Accurate

An AxF file made with a TAC7 has the exact same optical characteristics as the real material. With more accurate material capture, key decisions about color and material are made earlier and with confidence.

Store and Share Store and Share

A standard way to store and share appearance data–color, texture, gloss, refraction, transparency, special effects (sparkles) and reflection properties–across PLM, CAD and state-of-the art rendering applications.

Try AxF

Within our sample files (downloadable below), you'll find the following examples:

Quartz Stone

Houndstooth

Black, Large Grain Leather

Purple Forest Leather

Red and Green Plaid



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Looking for more samples?

Additional AxF sample files can be found on our AxF Sample Library page. Each additional sample contains an AxF material, a sample rendering in a default environment and extra maps as noted for testing. Variations include SVBRDF, CarPaint, and BTF.

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Pantora AxF Viewer

Pantora AxF Viewer allows users to visualize and swap 3D materials in a controlled scene with real-time rendering. No need to be an expert in computer graphics. Just drag-and-drop materials. Change the lighting to see how a material would look under different conditions. It is easy to use and it is free.

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Applications with AxF Support

Applications with AxF Support

AxF: Part of the TAC Workflow Solution


Capture

Capturing exact appearance characteristics is critical to improving quality and speeding up time to market for products, factories, transport and infrastructure. The TAC7 Scanner’s physically accurate measurements mean that the virtual material has the same optical properties of its physical counterpart under any lighting condition and in any scenario, enabling reuse of materials across multiple product lines and product variations.

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Capture

Communicate

PANTORA acts as a controlling hub among all X-Rite Total Appearance Capture (TAC™) Ecosystem components, connecting digital material input sources with output destinations such as Virtual Light Booth, third-party rendering software and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Systems.

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Communicate

Visualize & Compare

The Virtual Light Booth provides an unparalleled ability to accurately compare physical and digital material samples under the exact same perceptual conditions – from illumination to contextual to observational factors. The technology enables designers to make more informed material selections, reduces approval times, improves product quality, and accelerates time to market.

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Visualize and Compare

Digital Design Workflow with TAC

Digital Design Workflow with TAC
Capture
Communicate
Visualize & Compare
Total Appearance Capture Ecosystem

The TAC™ Ecosystem is an award-winning appearance solution that enables an unmatched level of realism and efficiency in digital material capture and 3D design. Accurately and consistently share material appearance information across every step of the product development process to reduce design approval cycles and accelerate time to market.

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