I'd like to render in mental ray (in 3DS Max) some internally lighted, glowing panels like in the attached image.
Like in the photo, the panel are a metal frame (easy part with a translucent frost acrylic skins with blue LED lighting in between the acrylic skins. Like in the photo, I'd like the metal frame to show through the translucent acrylic, yet achieve the glowing blue effect from within.
I'm having difficulty achieving something close.....any advice on how I should approach this to achieve this look?
Is it a mix of physical lighting, crafted bitmaps, glow effects, etc?