Mercury Computer Systems has announced three new software offerings that provide whole power, real-time interactive and photo-realistic 3D rendering, and real-time 3D ray tracing for visualisation markets.

Aimed at existing 3D application developers, OpenRTRT is a software development kit (SDK) that delivers real-time ray tracing capabilities. Ray tracing is a 3D rendering technique based on complex mathematical algorithms that is used to produce realistic images. It traces the path taken by a ray of light through a scene, and calculates reflection, refraction, or absorption of the ray whenever it intersects the scene.

For 3D graphics application publishers, DirectViz delivers the whole power of the OpenRTRT technology within the de facto standard framework for 3D application development. DirectViz is an extension to Version 6 of Open Inventor by Mercury Computer Systems, the object-oriented, cross-platform 3D graphics software suite that offers more than 1,200 ready-to-use classes integrated in a user-friendly framework for rapid development.

Patchwork3D is a software suite for interactive digital product design review for end users who need a desktop application offering the entire workflow for project review in industrial design. Built around an award-winning real-time realistic rendering engine, Patchwork3D offers a complete software suite to import CAD models, apply textures and lighting, and perform interactive realistic viewing.