We were asked to create an infographic to help educate people on the topic of Solenoid Valves, from Bürkert. For this, we needed to make a 3D model of the 6213 solenoid valve.
Like with previous product realisation pieces, we started with one of their CAD models. This needed refining and cleaning up to be deemed ‘render ready’. To prepare the CAD model for rendering, we first cleaned the topology, removed all stray vertices and added some breathing room for the loop cuts to get our own subdivision modifiers on there.
After all that was done, we were ready to start thinking about the PBR (Physically Based Rendering) Materials. This model needed to be client and customer facing, so needed to look as close as possible to the real thing -which is where PBR Materials come in handy. They take a while to get perfect, but with the right lighting, give incredible results.
After the materials were ready, we needed to keyframe the basic animation. As this animation was intended to form part of an infographic, it needed to grab the attention of the user and draw the eye to the key components. So it was important to make the explosion as clear as possible.
Infographics are a great tool for relaying detailed or technical information that people may otherwise find difficult to digest. By grabbing the attention of the user through visuals, it is more likely that the written information will be taken on board.