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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 – 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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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Cosmetic Threads

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Cosmetic threads have improved in both appearance and usability within SOLIDWORKS 2022. First, let us start with appearance. When applying the cosmetic thread to a part, any appearance or texture that you applied to that same part, will also appear between the cosmetic threads themselves. See the before and after images below to see the improvement to the thread’s appearance. And, to take it a step further, these Cosmetic Threads are also now supported in SOLIDWORKS Visualize. The behavior of […]

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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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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 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 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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