SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Visualize Displacement Mapping

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Visualize keeps getting better and better every year, and SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 now includes a new type of texture mapping that will allow you to create even more stunning renderings! Displacement! This type of texture uses a height map to create sub-polygon detail for any appearance. SOLIDWORKS 2019 saw an enhancement that uses the same height map images using the 3D Texture Feature, but now you can render your models without needing to create a mesh model in SOLIDWORKS first! […]

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SOLIDWORKS Premium: Surface Flatten

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Surface Flatten in SOLIDWORKS Premium is a very powerful feature that can help in many different scenarios from soft shelled products like shoes and luggage, vinyl or paper decals, and even some sheet metal applications. Let’s take a closer look at a couple applications where surface flatten could be useful.

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Make informed decisions, shorten the cycle, share your vision.

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For a designer making products in any CAD system, it can sometimes be a challenge to share your vision of what an object should look like before it’s finished. You might have even heard the old adage: You can have anything you want: Good, Fast, or Cheap – Pick any two. There is always a tradeoff. You could get it cheap and fast, but at the cost of quality; good and fast, and you’ll likely be paying for it in […]

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Visualize Shortcuts for Beginners

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If you are new to SOLIDWORKS Visualize and are starting to get more familiar with the tool, there are some important Keyboard shortcuts and workflows that you should know about right off the bat. We have blogged about keyboard shortcuts in the past, so I won’t go into every possible option. Instead, here are the ones I have found most useful and utilize just about every time I use Visualize. These will help you become more productive from the beginning […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Yellow Colored Cells of Derived Configurations?

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Configurations have been a part of SOLIDWORKS since the beginning release in 1995. They allow you to create several different iterations of a component or assembly without needing to create new documents. This could be done by manually creating them and changing values or using an Excel design table. In SOLIDWORKS 2001+ (anyone else remember plus releases?!) Nested Configurations (now called Derived Configurations) were added to the core of SOLIDWORKS. This allowed you to create a child configuration where all […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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There are several exciting new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 this year, and I’ve already blogged about one of them here: IES Light Profiles. However, there are a few more topics that are worth mentioning too. SOLIDWORKS Visualize continues to impress, so let’s dive into these new features. AMD Radeon™ ProRender SOLIDWORKS Visualize now supports AMD Radeon™ ProRender, a raytracing engine that is designed to run on AMD graphics cards. This feature can be enabled from options. I have not […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – IES Light Profiles in Visualize Professional

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Lighting in any rendering application is one of the most important parts for any realistic looking scene, and this year SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional makes it even easier to add the specific light you need to your scene with the introduction of IES Light Profiles. What are IES Light Profiles you ask? IES stands for Illuminating Engineering Society (see https://www.ies.org for more information on the group and recommended lighting standards). These IES profiles contain photometric measurements of the distribution and intensity […]

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Toolbox Default Search Location

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What Happened to my Toolbox parts?! When SOLIDWORKS introduced a feature to help users open models with missing Toolbox references in 2011, there was much confusion on what the option does. Even today, this question still comes up, so this is the topic for today’s blog. According to the help file here’s what this option does: Facilitates opening models whose Toolbox components do not reference your Toolbox folder. If you clear the system option, SOLIDWORKS does not automatically search the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Installation DVDs – Who uses them?

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 received many new improvements to the software, but what about the time it takes to download and install? Is there an alternative way to download without needing to first get the install manager? What about Installation DVDs? Today’s blog will focus on these topics for 2019 and future versions. In the Beginning, there were CDs… Starting 1996, SOLIDWORKS shipped on Compact Disk (CDs). As the product developed over the years, the number of disks needed to grow too. […]

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SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing with a shared computer

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In 2018, SOLIDWORKS introduced a new way to license products called Online Licensing. SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing allows you to easily switch between multiple computers by connecting to a cloud-based management service. This allows you the flexibility to use SOLIDWORKS from any location (if you are connected to the internet) without having to remember to deactivate your license from another device. And for cases where you know you will be without internet, you can switch to offline mode for up to […]

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