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Flamingo - Rendering for Designers

Robert McNeel Flamingo nXt 5 allows you to easily create stunning, realistic images in Rhino. With nXt, you don't need to be a professional to get high-quality results quickly. Simply, provide the materials and lighting then press the "render" button. It's that easy! nXt will provide the simulation and unlike many rendering products, there are very few settings you need to maintain. Get interior and exterior daylight simulations, HDR image-based lighting and many other techniques in a matter of minutes.

Features of Robert McNeel Flamingo nXt 5

Flamingo nXt 5 offers Rhino users realistic results by simulating light transport in your model. Both indirect lighting and complex reflection/refraction can be easily incorporated into the simulation. nXt accomplishes this by using modern ray-casting technology to produce results as quickly as possible.

Take a look at some of the features and loaded extras Flamingo nXt 5 includes.

New Features of Flamingo nXt 5

  • Progressive multi-pass technology
  • Easy lighting presets
  • More advanced material definitions
  • Improved HDRI lighting environments support
  • Tagging objects as lights
  • Caustics improved
  • Block object instancing
  • Lighting channels
  • Improved tree model
  • Tone operator with histogram balance
  • Render farm support

Advanced Lighting

  • Default lighting presets for quick setups of common scenes
    • Studio Lighting
    • Exterior Daylight
    • Interior Daylight
    • Artificial Lighting
  • Advance use of high dynamic range images for scene lighting.
  • Free library of high Quality HDRI images for lighting.
  • Soft shadows calculated automatically.
  • Indirect lighting calculated enhancing depth in renderings.
  • Lighting Channels allow you to edit light strength realtime without the need to re-render the scene.
  • Automated daylight calculation based on lighting presets.

Extra Features

  • Image Editor with support for multiple lighting channels
  • 3D Plant Editor
  • Render Farm support
  • Content libraries (plants, materials, HDRi)
  • Pre-textured mesh support
  • Support for 3rd party texture sets

RenderFarm (Network Rendering)

  • Set multiple computers to rendering on image
  • Distribute render to other computers while working

Sophisticated Materials

  • Material templates for common materials
  • Blurry reflections, control over Fresnel effects and reflection styles
  • Accurate Transparency
  • New Bump Mapping
  • Normal Maps
  • True Displacement Mapping
  • Materials stored in model for easy transfer to others
  • Drag and Drop material assignment

Advanced Options

  • Multiple render engines for maximum flexibility to render. (Default, Hybrid, Path tracing)
  • Progressive render continues to improve effects each pass
  • Less memory needed for models with many of the same block
  • Alpha channel support for compositing in backgrounds or objects
  • Tone mapping for brighter images
  • Burn control - White point adjustment
  • Post-processing (no re-rendering required)
    • Depth of Field
    • Exposure
    • Vignette
    • Glare
    • Haze
    • Glow
    • Wires on/off
    • Text on/off
    • Adjust lighting channels
  • Fractal tree generator
  • Background rendering option allows modeling while rendering

For Students, Faculty and Teachers

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System Requirements

Supported Products

  • Rhino 4.0 sr8 or above
  • Rhino 5.0 (Beta) both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions

Suported Operating Systems:

  • Windows XP 32-bit or 64-bit.
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7

* Flamingo will run as a 32-bit process when running in Rhino 4.0 for on any operating system (this limits Flamingo to 2GB of memory). To take full advantage of 64-bit operating systems, Rhino 5.0 64-bit is required.


  • 1 GB RAM or more is recommended.
  • Hardware requirements match Rhinos's hardware requirements.
  • Multiple CPU cores will accelerate renderings are recommended.
  • Video card speed does not affect Flamingo NXT.
  • Virtualization systems such as VMWare and Parallels are supported.  Running Macintosch hardware with Bootcamp and one of the Operating systems above is supported.

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