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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SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Cutting Corners for More Realism

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize is an amazing tool to bring realism to designs by enabling users to create realistic renderings to any CAD design. There is one fatal flaw…SOLIDWORKS Visualize will only render the design as realistic as you’ve created it. Confused? Let me clarify, let’s say you create a design in SOLIDWORKS that is perfect for your engineering needs like this And now you want to create an awesome rendering for your sales and marketing team, so you push that design […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Cutting Corners for More Realism

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize is an amazing tool to bring realism to designs by enabling users to create realistic renderings to any CAD design. There is one fatal flaw…SOLIDWORKS Visualize will only render the design as realistic as you’ve created it. Confused? Let me clarify, let’s say you create a design in SOLIDWORKS that is perfect for your engineering needs like this. And now you want to create an awesome rendering for your sales and marketing team, so you push that design […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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There are several exciting new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 this year, and I’ve already blogged about one of them here: IES Light Profiles. However, there are a few more topics that are worth mentioning too. SOLIDWORKS Visualize continues to impress, so let’s dive into these new features. AMD Radeon™ ProRender SOLIDWORKS Visualize now supports AMD Radeon™ ProRender, a raytracing engine that is designed to run on AMD graphics cards. This feature can be enabled from options. I have not […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – IES Light Profiles in Visualize Professional

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Lighting in any rendering application is one of the most important parts for any realistic looking scene, and this year SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional makes it even easier to add the specific light you need to your scene with the introduction of IES Light Profiles. What are IES Light Profiles you ask? IES stands for Illuminating Engineering Society (see https://www.ies.org for more information on the group and recommended lighting standards). These IES profiles contain photometric measurements of the distribution and intensity […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Shortcuts for Current and Future Users

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For all the SOLIDWORKS Visualize users and future users out there, here is a list of all the available Visualize Keyboard Shortcut keys. Keyboard shortcuts are key combinations to quickly access functionality. If anyone has taken a SOLIDWORKS Visualize course, these keyboard shortcuts are found in the Appendix near the back of the manual. Who actually reads the Appendix…. raise your hand! If you are unfamiliar with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, it’s a powerful tool for rendering CAD data to make photo-realistic […]

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