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SOLIDWORKS Composer Performance: Generating Outlines

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Recently, I was working with a very large SOLIDWORKS Composer file and noticed a delay when exporting a vector file. Upon investigating the process, the step of generating outlines was taking several minutes. To understand why it was taking several minutes, we need to cover some background information on outlines and why they may contribute to decreased performance. We will look at an option to help get that performance back. Outlines Outlines are the rendered edges of the models in […]

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Create NFTs with SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have become a huge market online.  Being able to own a unique piece of digital media has driven some investors and collectors to spend hundreds, thousands, even hundreds of thousands on NFTs.  One New York Times journalist sold a PICTURE of his FREE TO READ article for over $500,000… SO If you’re anything like me, you may have seen a few of these online “masterpieces”, often 3D models, and thought to yourself… “I could make one of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 Installation Guide – Part 6 SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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In the world of photo-realistic rendering software, SOLIDWORKS Visualization Products are hard to beat. Introduced in 2016, SOLIDWORKS Visualize was a “quantum leap” addition to the existing SOLIDWORKS Photoview 360 in terms of rendering functionality and quality. In this article, we will be talking about some of the changes to look out for regarding licensing/installation aspects of Visualize 2022. Recall that SOLIDWORKS Visualize is offered in both Standard and Professional and can operate as a standalone program. A complimentary seat of SOLIDWORKS Visualize […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Patterns and Corner Radius

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize continues to get better with each release and these are a few of my favorite new features in Visualize 2022; The new Pattern tool, an update to Corner Radius, and threads from SOLIDWORKS. Corner Radius is not a new feature; however, it’s been updated to now accept rounds on models that have a bump appearance or normal map applied. This tool can save you a ton of time, and needless polygons, by applying a radius to all sharp […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection

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Since its initial release, SOLIDWORKS Inspection has continually expanded its capabilities to help users streamline the creation of their inspection documentation. With the SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2022 release, that expansion continues. Previously, if you wanted to utilize SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone for 2D drawings, you needed a non-SOLIDWORKS drawing file (PDF, DWG, etc).  This was true even if it originated from SOLIDWORKS. Now, SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone 2022 supports SOLIDWORKS drawing files. This means you can open your SOLIDWORKS drawing files directly and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Composer

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Calling all SOLIDWORKS Composer Users! SOLIDWORKS Composer 2022 added 2 new updates to the software this year. Let’s take a deeper dive into each topic: Importing Decals from SOLIDWORKS Files Decals that are added to a SOLIDWORKS part file can now be added into Composer when the file is being imported. There are 3 ways to make this happen: 1. To open a file with this setting, click File > Open and select a SOLIDWORKS file. Under SOLIDWORKS, select Import […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Visualize Animations

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It’s been a few years coming for SOLIDWORKS Visualize to get some major new enhancements and 2022 delivered! Particularly, animations in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2022 got a massive overhaul. New organization methods, keyframes, cameras, and motion studies all see benefits in the new release. Multiple Animations Let’s first look at one of my favorite enhancements that may seem small but is huge! Historically a SOLIDWORKS Visualize project could only have one animation, but not anymore! In SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2022 you can […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – VISUALIZE Match Camera Tool

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize is an awesome tool that can be used to render your products in a realistic environment, using accurate lighting from real world locations, along with background images to place your product in-context to its natural environment. This could be a major challenge in past versions of Visualize when placing objects in a scene like this. Getting the camera position, orientation, focal length, and perspective just right was a tedious task if information about the camera lens and position […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Changes to System Options and Document Properties

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 has some very exciting enhancements. New features like the Threaded Stud Wizard, the additional control of the Configuration Table, and new types of Administrative Images are already receiving great reviews. Stepping away from these glamorous additions to SOLIDWORKS 2022, Let’s look at some of the more subtle changes to the System Options and Document Properties. There are several updates to both the SOLIDWORKS System Options and the file specific Document Properties. Some of these are simply rewording to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Visualize Scene Tab

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The Scene Tab in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2022 has been redesigned to better align with the new Shadow Catcher functionality. The changes are primarily in the Floor Effects section of the Scene’s Advanced sub-tab. The section name and it’s parameters have been renamed and reorganized. Caustics are the light effects or sparkles that appear when light passes through solid, translucent objects or off reflective objects. Visualize 2021 We clicked the Caustics checkbox in order to create floor reflections. The Floor Roughness […]

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