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SOLIDWORKS Motion: Rendering Your Results in Visualize Professional

Rendering Your Results in Visualize Professional   SOLIDWORKS continues to amaze me!  In 2017, SOLIDWORKS raised the bar with the ability to send animations created in SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional into Visualize Professional.  This ability allows you to re-use animation work already done at the CAD level to create fully rendered movies of your products for sales and marketing purposes.  The integration doesn’t stop with the Professional package; SOLIDWORKS Premium Simulation Motion results will also import into Visualize, allowing you to take your widgets to the next level and create epic movies with ease!   To test this, I used a 12-sided die and set up gravity, contact, friction, and materials

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, PhotoView 360, Simulation, Technical Publishing

SOLIDWORKS: PhotoView 360 Rendering Options – What Do They Do??

PhotoView 360 Rendering Options   “A picture is worth a thousand words” is a well-known adage. PhotoView 360 allows SOLIDWORKS users to create photo-realistic renderings of designs before they have even been prototyped. These images can then be used for marketing purposes. There are a lot of variables that can go into creating renderings, that unless you are into photography, you probably don’t understand. I know I didn’t when I first started doing renderings.     First, is the picture size. There are set aspect ratios to choose from, or you can create your own. Next we choose picture format type and render quality. I keep the Preview render quality

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, PhotoView 360

SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Controlling Decals and Scenes by Display States – #SW2017

Controlling Decals and Scenes by Display States   Among the new enhancements coming to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to now control different instances of Decals and Scenes using Display States.   You can use Display States to control the following aspects of your part:   Hide/Show State Display Mode Appearance (Now includes Decals and Scenes!) Transparency   To add a new Display State, you can Right Click in any blank area in the Configuration Manager and select Add Display State.   Or you can click the Arrow to the right of the tabs in the Feature Manager to show the Display Pane.     Right Click anywhere in the

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’ New: Visualize License Change

Visualize License Change   Dear SOLIDWORKS Visualize Customer,   SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with each SOLIDWORKS CAD Professional and Premium licenses on active Subscription!   For Visualize Standard 2017 and beyond, an additional serial number is required to activate the complimentary seat of Visualize Standard.   From October 19th, 2016, and once you have upgraded to SOLIDWORKS 2017, this new additional serial number for eligible users can be found by logging into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal and clicking “My Products.”   Once you have copied this new Visualize Standard serial number, launch ‘Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features,’ select SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and click ‘Change’ at the top.

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, PhotoView 360, SOLIDWORKS What's New, Technical Publishing

Rotation Animations using SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

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 is to show the main rotor and tail rotor in motion, I will group the components into two sub-assemblies.  You can control this structure in SOLIDWORKS Visualize, however this will

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Posted in PhotoView 360, Technical Publishing

How to Install & Activate SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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 license required) – Photo realistic rendering with the addition of high quality animations, render ques, and network rendering options. What about Photoview 360? Visualize is not a replacement for Photoview,

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, PhotoView 360, Technical Publishing

SOLIDWORKS: Combining Simulation Results with Renderings

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 you accidentally rotate view or zoom in/out. 2. Change the background to Plain White. 3. Set Image Quality to high value. 4. Turn on RealView Graphics, Ambient Occlusion, Shadows in

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Posted in PhotoView 360, Simulation

SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – Best 41 New Features – #SW2016

The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 is now available for download and here at CATI the Tech Team is excited for this release. At the beginning of September we starting documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2016 from part, assembly, and drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, EPDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS Plastics. We have been sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community thru the CATI Blog. We have since published 41 different articles on 2016 below is a complete list/link to all of the articles: SOLIDWORKS 2016 What's New – Blog Series – #SW2016 SOLIDWORKS 2016 What's New –

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Data Management, Design Validation, Digital Prototyping, Drawings, General Info, Modeling, PhotoView 360, Rapid Prototyping, Simulation, SolidWorks Electrical, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks, SOLIDWORKS What's New, Technical Publishing

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

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 the bar at the bottom to make it more or less accurate! Adjusting Scene Illumination has been somewhat tedious, especially for new PhotoView 360 users.  You would have to play

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, PhotoView 360, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks, SOLIDWORKS What's New, Technical Publishing

SOLIDWORKS and Windows 10 Support

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 updates going in on almost a daily basis over the past couple of weeks. Those updates were Windows installing DLLs and other files to get you machine ready for the

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Data Management, Design Validation, Drawings, General Info, Modeling, PhotoView 360, Simulation, SolidWorks Electrical, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks, Technical Publishing

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