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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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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional 2021 – Configurations from SOLIDWORKS

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One important new feature to Visualize 2021 is the ability to import Configurations from SOLIDWORKS 2021. This new feature didn’t get much love in the 2021 What’s New documentation, but I am here to remedy that today. First, this addition is connected to model sets, which is part SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional only; You will need to upgrade if you are using the free (with SOLIDWORKS Subscription) version of Visualize Standard to take advantage of Configurations. Configurations from SOLIDWORKS come into […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Installation Guide – Part 7 Visualize Products

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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 2021. 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 Visualize 2021 What’s New – Cap Cut Planes and Toon Shading

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 has quite a few new enhancements that make creating compelling sales and marketing content a breeze. I’ll walk through two of my favorite enhancements, adding a capped cut plane and the new toon shading. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize you had the option of using cut planes to create section view style content for your designs. This is certainly a helpful way of showing internals of a product, but in prior versions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Visualize Displacement Mapping

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Visualize keeps getting better and better every year, and SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 now includes a new type of texture mapping that will allow you to create even more stunning renderings! Displacement! This type of texture uses a height map to create sub-polygon detail for any appearance. SOLIDWORKS 2019 saw an enhancement that uses the same height map images using the 3D Texture Feature, but now you can render your models without needing to create a mesh model in SOLIDWORKS first! […]

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Let’s Go Bowling with SOLIDWORKS Motion – Visualize Pro Render

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In my previous blog on this topic I showed how to use SOLIDWORKS Motion in a virtual simulation to bowl a “Brooklyn Strike.” The simulation presented there was rendered with PhotoView 360. With the introduction of the Visualize program in the SW2016 release we have an alternate way to produce realistic photo renderings of SOLIDWORKS geometry. With Visualize Professional we can export the results of SOLIDWORKS Motion studies directly from SOLIDWORKS. This makes it super easy to bring my Brooklyn […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Make informed decisions, shorten the cycle, share your vision.

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For a designer making products in any CAD system, it can sometimes be a challenge to share your vision of what an object should look like before it’s finished. You might have even heard the old adage: You can have anything you want: Good, Fast, or Cheap – Pick any two. There is always a tradeoff. You could get it cheap and fast, but at the cost of quality; good and fast, and you’ll likely be paying for it in […]

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize PBR or Physically Based Rendering materials are a set of shading models that attempt to create a higher level of realism and rendering quality and provide a standard for materials across multiple rendering programs. Tech Tip: It is possible to create your own PBR Material by going to Add > New Appearance and choosing PBR Material as the Appearance Type. However, it is highly recommended to use one of the many available PBR Materials […]

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Visualize Shortcuts for Beginners

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If you are new to SOLIDWORKS Visualize and are starting to get more familiar with the tool, there are some important Keyboard shortcuts and workflows that you should know about right off the bat. We have blogged about keyboard shortcuts in the past, so I won’t go into every possible option. Instead, here are the ones I have found most useful and utilize just about every time I use Visualize. These will help you become more productive from the beginning […]

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