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IC3D Suite: Major step forward in 3D packaging design & visualization

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

Newly updated IC3D Suite introduces additional 3D modelling capabilities, shrink undistort and native PDF artwork handling

Dover, DE - Creative Edge Software announces the immediate availability of a major upgrade to the world’s first Real-Time 3D packaging design and visualization software, IC3D Suite. Created for brand owners, packaging pre-press and packaging printing companies, IC3D Suite dramatically simplifies and speeds up the creation and visualization of packaging products of all kinds—including bottles, flexible packages, cartons, bags, plastic containers, cans and more! Used throughout the ideation and creation process, IC3D Suite allows users to instantaneously visualize the impact of certain design decisions, create pack shots, POS and retail shelving product comparisons. IC3D Suite allows any 2D graphic artist to create 3D models and apply artwork on them in order to visualize what the real final package will look like.
Endless 3D modelling capabilities
IC3D Suite features a significant amount of pre-built models, complimented by a series of editable model templates. Templates allow users to adjust the size and tweak the appearance of different types of bags, bottles, cartons and more. Version 3 of IC3D Suite now introduces the 3D Shape Modeller. Based on 3D extraction, it is a powerful addition to the IC3D arsenal of creative tools allowing users to quickly and easily create advanced, asymmetrical 3D models using 2D shapes. With the Shape Modeller packaging engineers and designers can now create any type of packaging such as molded containers and more complex models like perfume bottles and trigger sprays in a matter of minutes.
Shrink and undistort
Applying a shrink-wrap foil on single or multiple items was already one of the powerful features in IC3D Suite. Due to its accuracy and unprecedented speed applying complex shrink-wraps can be accomplished in a matter of seconds. This functionality is now even more powerful with the new undistort function, allowing the user to pre-distort the artwork with production precision, ensuring that once the shrink is applied it appears completely undistorted as the engineer and designer intends.
Native PDF artwork 
IC3D Suite interacts with Illustrator to apply and edit artwork. This makes it very easy to immediately visualize in 3D the edits made in Illustrator. With IC3D Suite version 3, you can now place PDF artwork directly on the 3D model without having to go through an external application. You can position the artwork and hide specific PDF layers to create the desired result. For production companies receiving or storing a lot of the artwork in PDF, this represents a significant gain in productivity as they can do everything from model creation to artwork placement in the same application.
Complete Suite or Carton Edition
IC3D is available as a complete Suite for all packaging types, or in a dedicated Carton Edition for any type of folding carton product ranging from a simple box to an advanced point-of-sale unit.
Free IC3D Viewer
With this release, Creative Edge Software also introduces a free viewer application. While many regard 3D PDF as the file format of choice to exchange 3D visualizations, it has quite a few drawbacks: limited lighting reflections, no support for transparent objects and more. These limitations can severely impact some of the more advanced visualization and lighting features from IC3D Suite. In order to overcome these limitations, Creative Edge releases this free viewer application for Mac and Windows which allows stakeholders in the packaging creation process to exchange native IC3D files and open them on any computer. Download the Free Viewer Here to see it in action.
Pricing and availability
Existing users with a valid support and maintenance contract are entitled to a free upgrade. Download a free 14-day trial or update to see IC3D Suite today, and view the Version 3 IC3D Suite feature video here.


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