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As material suppliers strive to create eye-catching product palettes, appearance attributes like color, gloss, and shimmer effects are becoming increasingly complex. Since appearance impacts overall color, it is crucial to account for these attributes in paints, plastics, metals, fabrics, and meshes at the design stage to successfully produce a visually accurate product. X-Rite’s solutions for appearance measurement capture and present digital materials in a physically precise way to streamline the product design process, reduce approval cycles, and accelerate speed to market.
TAC7 Scanner


For Scanning Appearance Characteristics

The TAC7 scanner captures and stores color, texture, gloss and other surface appearance characteristics of physical material samples.

PANTORA Software | Create Virtual Materials and File Formats


For Creating Virtual Materials and File Formats

The PANTORA desktop application enables users to capture, store, manage, view and edit virtual materials and digitally exchange them via a vendor neutral Appearance Exchange (AxF) file format.


Appearance Exchange Format (AxF™)

For Communicating Material Appearance Data

AxF is a vendor-neutral file format that digitally stores and shares a material’s appearance properties across PLM, CAD and rendering applications.

TAC Scanning Services

Virtual Material Service

Material Scanning Service

Let X-Rite experts handle the physical material scanning for you. Transform your samples into highly accurate digital material data files for use in 3D rendering applications.

The PANTORA Material Hub enables designers, 3D artists, material specifiers and marketers to easily create a centralized library of digital materials as well as store, manage and edit digital material files for realistic and consistent material renderings that improves product quality and accelerates time to market.

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

In this free webinar, Dr. Marc Ellens, Senior Software Engineer, and Thomas Meeker, 3D Solutions Architect, will discuss how industry leaders are using Total Appearance Capture (TAC) to bring a new level of realism and efficiency to all steps of the design-to-production process.

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