algorithmic modeling for Rhino



Scarab is a set of components that exposes Maxwell Render materials to Grasshopper. Materials can be assigned and baked to Grasshopper geometry.

mxBake is the final tool in the chain. Use the Grasshopper bake commands to bake the connected geometry with the corresponding materials.

mxDiff is a simple diffuse material. Only reflectance color for 0° and 90° are exposed.

mxEmit is a basic emitter material. You can set light color, power and efficiacy of the emitter.

mxBasic is the most complex material for now. You can set all the properties of a single layer material including. Use this for transparent materials.

mList is your way if you don't want to create your own materials. This component returns a list of all the materials on the Maxwell scene manager. Make sure this is evaluated after you add your own materials if you want to see them in the list.

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Discussion Forum


Hi Hannes,Great stuff! And right on time! I started working on an IES file generator a couple days ago.…Continue

Started by Fred Becquelin. Last reply by williamjacob Jun 25.

exporting mxs files 4 Replies

hi hannes,very nice plugin case you  are planning more updates ;) it would be great to be able to export ("bake") mxs files ... (connected to boolian switch or number slider)  for animation…Continue

Started by Kloppstock. Last reply by Hannes Löschke Aug 7, 2014.

Geometry Bake Automation

Hi Hannes,Such a nice plugin! Thank you so much. I have a suggestion for the next update.This is really nice that materials get updated real time. I was wondering if you want to automate the geometry…Continue

Started by Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari Sep 11, 2012.

Loading .mxm files 2 Replies

Hi!Thanx Hannes for this great plugin!I'm pretty new in rendering with maxwell and I wonder if it's possible to load directly a .mxm file in scarab?Or do we have to recreate each material from the…Continue

Tags: rendering, scarab, maxwell

Started by Julien Ybert. Last reply by Julien Ybert Apr 14, 2012.

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Comment by Hannes Löschke on October 24, 2014 at 3:11am

Hey Cristian,

I'm sorry to say that Scarab development is on hold until February 2015. To add inputs for width and hight should be pretty simple. I could send you an unofficial build with an extended SaveViewport component. You'd just have to live with a blank icon.

Comment by Christian Schmidts on October 21, 2014 at 10:49am

Hallo Hannes,

im using the saveview in a automated process from the scarab.rhino tab. Is there a chance to get a version where you can specifiy width and height for the screenshot? Best, Christian

Comment by Hannes Löschke on August 7, 2014 at 2:29am

Scarab is not built against a specific version of Maxwell. It depends on functions that where present from V2.7. So I see no reason why it should not be compatible with V3. While I try to keep it up to date, I currently have little time to develop. That is likely to change in 2015

Comment by Diego on June 25, 2014 at 1:26pm

Is this still working with MaxwellRender v3?

Comment by Benlloyd Goldstein on October 16, 2012 at 2:29pm

Thank You !!! really helpful plug in

Comment by Vladimir on April 13, 2012 at 11:17am
Comment by Vladimir on March 31, 2012 at 2:42am

Very good plugin!!!) 

Comment by Martin Dembski on February 29, 2012 at 3:51pm


Nice name and logo. :)

Thanks Hannes for developing this plug-in.






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