Real-time photorealistic CAD

This model was provided courtesy of TurboSquid and their artist Kristijan Ilic, Kasiopy Studios

This time is for (Un)real!

Mindesk enables CAD users to 3D model in VR while getting high-quality dynamic feedback of materials and lighting, provided by Unreal Engine’s photorealistic real-time renderer. The demo was greeted with enthusiasm by visitors at Autodesk University 2018.

“I think it’s a very exciting product, I’ve been working with VR and I really wish that a product that would allow me to 3D model in real time in VR existed —and here it is! I think it’s very exciting to be able to get instantaneous feedback as you’re creating the model, rather than having to go through a process of creating the model in 2D, then exporting it to some sort of plugin and then having to go to through this whole process of getting it onto the VR station.”

David Werner, an Associate Architect at MG2 Design


Photorealistic CAD is finally here! Mindesk natively integrates Virtual Reality devices with McNeel Rhinoceros, Grasshopper and Unreal Editor into the ultimate platform for your design and sale process. Whether you are collaborating with a fellow designer or a client, no review will be the same anymore.


VR helps you face even the most challenging design tasks like managing organic and parametric shapes, 3D form finding and reverse engineering while making them extremely easy.


Mindesk’s software architecture is deeply interlaced with CAD software and leverages their power to provide you with an engineering level of precision. Tools like magnetic snaps, NURBS surface creation and manipulation are available within Mindesk VR + Unreal Editor environment. Furthermore, you don’t need to export or prepare your 3D model anymore. Jump into VR with a single click.

Full features list:

  • McNeel Rhinoceros 6 and Grasshopper / Unreal Editor VR native integration
  • CAD/VR live link
  • Desktop/VR collaborative design
  • HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality devices
  • Photorealistic CAD modeling
  • Osnaps
  • Nurbs modeling / creation / editing
  • No model export or prep phase
  • Supports .3dm, .3ds, .sat, .ai, .dwg, .dxf, .dae, .kmz, .igs, .iges, .dgn, .fbx, .scn, .fbx, .sldprt, .sldasm, .stp, .step, .stl, and many others

Mindesk is launching the Unreal Editor integration in Q1 of 2019. Selected partners will be granted an early access. Apply for the closed BETA here:

Closed BETA form

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