Rotation Animations using SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

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Earlier this month we showed how to download and install SOLIDWORKS Visualize.  Today I wanted to talk about some of the features found in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional; specifically, how to add motion to parts cameras, and lights.   SETUP First we’ll start with the model in SOLIDWORKS; I will need to set up the assembly structure and basic materials.  This model was created by one of our Application Engineers, Kris Dubuque, from our Beaverton Oregon Office. Since the goal here […]

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How to Install & Activate SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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SOLIDWORKS has given us a big power boost to present our designs at the highest level possible. Visualize Standard is a new tool available to all SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium licenses that are current on subscription. If you choose not to renew your maintenance contract, then you will no longer get access to SOLIDWORKS Visualize. There are 2 different packages available Visualize Standard – Photo realistic rendering with and easy to use dashboard of colors and finishes. Visualize Professional (separate […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Combining Simulation Results with Renderings

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Renderings are great for showing off your product before making a physical prototype and FEA simulations are great for understanding the stresses and deflections on your product under normal usage, but what if you could combine them?  Can SOLIDWORKS do it?  That would be the best of both worlds! While there is no quick way of doing this, there is a way.  Follow these steps to create your simulation/render blends. Create a view specific for this render just in case […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – PhotoView 360 – #SW2016

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 has made some very nice enhancements to PhotoView 360 that make it even easier to use with even more functionality.  These upgrades include advanced Preview and Scene Illumination changes.  We can also now include dimensions in our renderings and motion blur in video and photo renderings. Before 2016, to adjust the quality of the preview render you had to go to Options and adjust it there.  Now it can be done inside the Preview window itself!  Just drag […]

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SOLIDWORKS and Windows 10 Support

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The new release of Windows 10 is scheduled to be released on July 29, 2015, and I am sure for those of you running SOLIDWORKS are wondering if I should upgrade to Windows 10 when will SOLIDWORKS Support Windows 10. What we know about the Windows 10 update is that it will be available to all Windows users who have Windows 7 or Windows 8. If you have your Auto Updates turned on you have probably noticed a lot of […]

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How to Configure Your SOLIDWORKS Workstation from BOXX

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Adrian Fanjoy and myself were recently asked to team up with our friends at BOXX to help them out with an article they were working on about what hardware to consider when looking for a workstation  for SolidWorks. The article starts by asking you three questions about your workflow. How big are my assemblies? How complex are my parts ­les? How many geometric surfaces do I have? Based upon your responses to those questions, you can begin to formulate a […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (MSWP-12-#8)

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Number of Cores and SolidWorks The number of cores that a workstation has is critical for use of SOLIDWORKS — but only to a point.  Since SOLIDWORKS can only take advantage of 2 cores itself, the numbers of cores needed is determined by how many other activities the workstation is going to need to perform while SOLIDWORKS is operating. The graph above reveals that when SOLIDWORKS is the only application running on a workstation, anything more than four cores is […]

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Rendering Settings – DPI vs. pixels

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Had a question today on how to set the DPI settings for PhotoView 360… Good question – not really sure… Off to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base… Bottom line?  There is no way to set the DPI in PhotoView 360 (or PhotoWorks for that matter).  The concept of DPI is only relevant to printing, not on-screen images.   Here is the SOLIDWORKS solution that explains it all…   Solution Id: S-02581   Question: Regarding the PhotoWorks/PhotoView 360 image resolution, rendered output is […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance

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Well it's that time of year again and my team and I are preparing for SOLIDWORKS World 2011.  My team is doing several presentations this year but the one closest to my heart of course is the one Josh Altergott and I are doing together called Maximizing SolidWorks' Performance.  This is the sequel to a presentation that we did last year that was very well recieved. The premise is this; we got a very nice brand new Dell Workstation to […]

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Render Contest.com a fun competition

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 This last month I finally got make a submission to the PhotoWorks/PhotoView 360 Rendering contest at www.rendercontest.com.  This contest used to be hosted by Rob Rodriguez at http://robrodriguez.com. It is now hosted by Chris Thorn, a SOLIDWORKS user for several years.  He like your feedback on contest.   With that, more about the contest.  Each month a SOLIDWORKS model is selected to be rendered in either tool you would like in the SOLIDWORKS suite of tools, PhotoWorks or PhotoView 360.  […]

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