NVIDIA DesignWorks™ is a unique suite of tools and technologies designed specifically for developers creating professional graphics and advanced rendering applications. Now, developers of CAD, AEC, and rendering applications can have a wide range of development tools, sample code, and advanced libraries to do their best work.

This suite of technologies includes NVIDIA OptiX™ for building ray tracing applications, NVIDIA Material Definition Language (MDL) for sharing materials between applications, and more than 20 other tools for creating, visualizing and sharing digital designs. They’re easy to integrate and deliver unprecedented performance and quality for modern design workflows. Several DesignWorks components are also valuable for media and entertainment, medical imaging, energy exploration, and other professional applications. The solution even includes debugging, profiling and optimization tools that are among the best in the industry.

The tools and support are easy to access through our web portal and developer forums. Training and technical presentations are also given at industry events such as our yearly GPU Technology Conference (GTC) and SIGGRAPH.

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Platforms and technologies available in NVIDIA DesignWorks


Solutions for creating realistic images using ray tracing, or real time rendering techniques with OpenGL®, DirectX®, or Vulkan™

  • Iray SDK rendering by simulating the physical behavior of light and materials
  • MDL SDK description language for materials and lights that can be shared across renderers
  • vMaterials library with hundreds of ready to use real world materials
  • OptiX programmable ray tracing framework
  • VXGI real-time global illumination
  • Path Rendering GPU-acceleration for 2D vector graphics
  • NVIDIA Pro Pipeline high performance rendering pipeline for scenes with complex scene graphs
  • Rendering Methods optimized sampling algorithms for faster image convergence, modified shading and more


Technologies for visualizing your designs with high fidelity at any scale

  • Mosaic multi-display scaling and synchronization
  • Warp & Blend adjust geometry and intensity for multi-projector systems
  • Capture SDK capture and video compression software development kit

Virtual Reality

Immersive design applications can benefit tremendously from the latest virtual reality technology.

  • VRWorks is NVIDIA’s set of APIs, libraries, and features that enable both VR headset and application developers to deliver amazing VR experiences.


As a developer of professional graphics applications you now have a choice between two Khronos standards: OpenGL, a higher level API, or Vulkan a new explicit API which will give you more control of the GPU hardware.

  • Vulkan is the first new generation, low-level API that is cross platform. It has a simpler, thinner driver meaning less latency and overhead than traditional OpenGL or Direct3D.


Rigid bodies, cloth, destruction, particles and fluids:

  • PhysX Scalable physics solution
  • Clothing Quickly generate dynamic clothing
  • Destruction Enables artists to quickly generate pervasive destruction
  • Particles & Fluids Physical particles which can interact with wind and other forces. Particles can also be used to simulate fluids

Live Video

Incorporate live video streams at low latency

Core SDK

Access and manage NVIDIA Hardware through an application interface

  • NVAPI full access to NVIDIA GPUs and drivers in any UI and non-UI application
  • NVWMI graphics/display management through Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation
  • NVML API for monitoring and managing various states of NVIDIA GPUs

Sample Code

Graphics and compute samples for developers of professional design applications.


Tools for debugging, profiling and optimizing graphics and compute applications:


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