UV Unwrapping CAD in KeyShot

Will Gibbons by Will Gibbons | Last Updated:   October 26, 2020

Can CAD be UV unwrapped?

Texture mapping in KeyShot is pretty straightforward, until it’s not. Quite often, you need a texture to follow a specific path. Think of the bent plywood plies commonly seen on the edge of furniture. This along with many other scenarios require UV mapping to make the texture follow the surface as desired. The problem, is that UV mapping can be a confusing subject to grasp, and if that wasn’t bad enough, CAD models often can NOT be UV unwrapped.

KeyShot’s UV Unwrap tool

While it may seem you’re out of luck, the good news is I have a couple of tutorials that should help answer a lot of your questions on UV mapping. On top of that, KeyShot recently released a UV unwrapping tool!

Before jumping to the solution, it’s important to understand what UVs are and why it’s not easy to UV unwrap a CAD model. This is what the video is all about. After you have a good understanding of UVs, I recommend following along with my UV unwrapping in KeyShot tutorial.

How the UV Unwrap tool works

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to:

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Will Gibbons
Will Gibbons is an industrial designer-turned rendering specialist. He's trained and worked with some of today's most recognizable brands and now is focused on creating the best product visualization content on the internet.