How to Install & Activate SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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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 […]

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PhotoView 360 Tips

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PhotoView 360 (only available in SOLIDWORKS Professional and/or Premium packages) is an amazingly easy way to extract even more value out of your 3D models.  Having already modeled your entire assembly, you’re only a few clicks away from a stunningly realistic photo quality rendering.  Without any knowledge of the product, you can create a render using the simplest of workflows: 1.  MAKEUP:  Apply materials/appearances to each of the parts in your assembly 2.  LIGHTS:  Select a scene and rotate the […]

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Round your corners for a better render

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PhotoView 360 uses simple drag and drop methods to create very realistic renderings with very little work.  There are many settings that can be tweaked to create just the right image.   A new setting that I found in 2013 is setting an appearance to round corners. One trick to making your rendering more realistic is to round all sharp corners.  This only needs to be a thousandth or two.  Traditionally this had to be done using fillet, but the downside […]

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NEOSWUG Meeting March 21st

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If you’re intrigued by all that’s new in PhotoView 360 2011 and you want to learn everything there is to know about it, then RSVP to the next NorthEast Ohio SolidWorks User Group (NEOSWUG) meeting scheduled for March 21st.  I’ll personally walk you through the new interface and some pretty cool rendering tips and tricks.  There will also be a nice presentation given by my friend Tonia Lauer about Weldments/Sheet Metal.  Plus, it’s always a great time just socializing with […]

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PhotoView 360 Rocks in 2011

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From 1997 to 2008 SOLIDWORKS had a photo rendering product called PhotoWorks that was a very capable application, but way too hard to use. From 2009 to 2010, SOLIDWORKS introduced PhotoView 360 which could help you whip up a great looking rendering in a couple of minutes, but it was a bit too simplistic. Now, in 2011, PhotoView rocks! It’s officially replaced PhotoWorks. By doing so, it’s maintained its simple work flow while giving users the ability to control every […]

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