SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Visualize Shadow Catcher

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize in 2022 includes many exciting new capabilities and enhancements that will raise the level of realism of your renderings. Introducing the Shadow Catcher!  (yes, it does sounds like a Superhero) The new Shadow Catcher option renders the selected part invisible, however, it receives and displays the shadows cast on it by other objects in the scene.  It catches their shadow. Visualize comes with several primitive models (a wall, a box, a cylinder, etc) that we can use as […]

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Configuring Sketch Relations in SOLIDWORKS

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Configurations in SOLIDWORKS allow you to create multiple variations of a part or assembly model within a single SOLIDWORKS file. You can configure many things, most common are Features and Dimensions. Others include Colors, Equations, Sketch Planes, End Conditions, and Sketch Relations. Let’s take a look at configuring Sketch Relations. You can control the suppression state of sketch relations per configuration using the Display/Delete Relations Property Manager. The steps are as follows: Set the active configuration: When you change the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard – Emissive Appearances

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a rendering tool that generates professional, photo-quality images, animations, 3D interactive and VR content. It is available in two packages: Visualize Standard and Visualize Professional. In Visualize Standard, the Environment is the source of light in the scenes. There may be times where an additional light is needed to take the rendered image from stunning to life-like. However, adding lights is a capability offered in Visualize Professional. Emissive Appearances emit light into the scene. It is applied […]

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SOLIDWORKS Decals from Scratch

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Nearly every commercial product has some sort of product marking. It could be a rating plate, the brand name or logo, or instructions to assemble the batteries. Product marking can be an adhesive label applied to the product, or, artwork that is pad printed.                 In SOLIDWORKS, we represent the product markings with Decals. SOLIDWORKS, out of the box, includes a few decals and are found in the Task Pane > Decals folder. […]

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Disappearing Pop Up Menu in SOLIDWORKS? Re-Click Control!

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To increase our productivity in SOLIDWORKS, we use those handy pop-up menus to: A single click can launch a pop-up menu, or, Control-select multiple items and releasing Control launches the pop-up menu. Inevitably, we move the mouse and that handy pop-up menu disappears. Rather than starting over… Instead, move your mouse back to the same general area of the lost pop-up menu and press/release the Control key again. This will re-display that elusive pop-up menu. Here is a short video […]

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