A new collaboration between ANSYS and Autodesk seeks to enable photorealistic automotive visuals, like the one pictured here. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.) “VRED is the leading-edge, industry-standard 3D visualization and digital decision-making tool in the automotive design studio,” said Autodesk’s Thomas Heermann. “With the ANSYS collaboration, we can offer an integrated workflow—merging physics-based simulated optical ray files with complex and dynamic lighting scenarios directly into VRED.” The two companies expect that the integration will enable automotive designers to obtain photorealistic visual representations of their vehicles, providing workflows that more accurately reflect physical reality. “The collaboration allows designers to make decisions digitally and earlier in the design process, enabling greater agility as new products are developed,” Heermann continued. “We are excited to collaborate with Autodesk to bring automakers our gold-standard lighting simulation,” said ANSYS’s Eric Bantegnie. “This collaboration represents a win-win scenario for both companies—but more importantly, for our joint customers who are looking to rapidly take advantage of industry megatrends like next-generation autonomous driving and electrification.” For more Autodesk news, check out Fusion 360 Manage Extension Announced at Autodesk Accelerate. For more from ANSYS, read High-Performance Computing 101: HPC and How Engineers Can Use It.