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KeyShot - Plugins

KeyShot is a stand-alone 3D rendering and animation application that operates side-by-side with your 3D modeling application.

There are two ways to import your 3D data into KeyShot–direct import and through a plugin. Though you don’t need a plugin to import your native 3D data, dedicated plugins can transfer data faster and deliver tighter integration between KeyShot and the 3D software, making your workflow simpler and faster.

KeyShot Plugins

A KeyShot plugin links the 3D modeling software and KeyShot together, rather than putting KeyShot inside the modeling application. Plugins add a menu button to your 3D software that transfers 3D data and other model information into KeyShot. Plugins are developed by Luxion or by 3rd party developers who will distribute and support them.

Luxion is the developer of plugins for the following:

  • Autodesk Fusion360
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • PTC Creo & Pro/ENGINEER
  • Rhino
  • Siemens NX
  • Sketchup
  • solidThinking Evolve
  • SolidWorks

These following plugins for the following applications have been developed by third parties

  • Geomagic Design
  • Spaceclaim
  • IronCAD
  • ZW3D
  • Solid Edge
  • SolidThinking


Luxion’s LiveLinking technology takes the KeyShot plugin to the next level. With LiveLinking, your modeling application and KeyShot are connected. With it, you can continue to work in the 3D modeling application after the initial transfer to KeyShot. At any point in time you can update your designs in KeyShot with the simple push of a button. Only the changed parts and layers will be transferred to KeyShot, without the loss of any materials, animations, lighting nor camera setup. Simply put, everything will be maintained. Do this today, tomorrow or next week. All you do is open your model in the 3D modeling software and the scene in KeyShot – and you are live linked!

Applications and plugins that currently support LiveLinking:

  • Autodesk Fusion360
  • IronCAD
  • PTC Creo & Pro/ENGINEER
  • Rhino
  • Solid Edge
  • solidThinking Evolve
  • SolidWorks

Direct import

KeyShot imports over 20 different file types and versions directly with no plugin installed. From the menu, select the options [open] or [import] to bring up unique options for the specific format of 3D data you are importing. Direct import of all major 3D modeling applications as well as generic 3D file formats is included in all versions of KeyShot.


Related Pages & Links
KeyShot Add-On Options
Links to KeyShot website

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