Animating Lights in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

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Lights as well as any other object in SOLIDWORKS Visualize can be animated in the scene using key frames or some pre-defined rotation shortcuts. This makes it easy to animate any aspect of light position, color, or brightness. Rotation Short-Cuts Lights, just like cameras, have a focus point. This means that you can use a focused-rotation animation. First position the light around your object, making sure to set your desired height in the scene, then Right-Click and choose ‘Add Focused […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Add Realistic Depth of Field

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In the photography world, all lens and cameras produce photographs with some amount of depth of field. For landscape photos, the desire might be to have as much of the scene in focus as possible. Whereas in portrait photography, the goal might be to only have the subject in focus and blur anything in the background or foreground. Using SOLIDWORKS Visualize, you COULD create images with zero depth of field, making everything perfectly (unrealistic) in focus. If you want to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Rendering Glass and Liquid

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Many new users to SOLIDWORKS Visualize might try rendering a glass, with some kind of clear liquid inside, and quickly realize that something is terribly wrong. There are several key things that will turn your renderings from confusing, to awesome, with a few simple changes. The above image has all the necessary components, a floor, and nice reflective environment, glass with correct refraction and light dispersion, and water with correct refraction and volumetric effects. But what about these vertical lines? […]

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Toon Shading in Visualize 2021 Professional

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SOLIDWORKS added a new Camera filter in Visualize 2021 Professional, and today I will be diving deep into this new set of options to help you get the most out of SOLIDWORKS Visualize. If you are using SOLIDWORKS Visualize included with Subscription, and part of your SOLIDWORKS Pro or Premium License, you will notice that this filters tab is missing from your install. This tab is part of an advanced feature set that is only included with Visualize Professional. Filters […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional 2021 – Configurations from SOLIDWORKS

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One important new feature to Visualize 2021 is the ability to import Configurations from SOLIDWORKS 2021. This new feature didn’t get much love in the 2021 What’s New documentation, but I am here to remedy that today. First, this addition is connected to model sets, which is part SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional only; You will need to upgrade if you are using the free (with SOLIDWORKS Subscription) version of Visualize Standard to take advantage of Configurations. Configurations from SOLIDWORKS come into […]

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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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