Exporting from SOLIDWORKS to Visualize using the Visualize Add-In

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Exporting from SOLIDWORKS to Visualize using the Visualize Add-In So, you’ve installed SOLIDWORKS Visualize on the same machine as SOLIDWORKS and you have a 3D model ready to go. Your next step is to export your model into Visualize to start rendering. There are a few different ways to export your model both directly and indirectly from SOLIDWORKS using the Visualize Add-In. I’ll break down your options here and clarify which option to use and when. Start by activating the […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS Visualize vs. PhotoView 360: When Do I use What?

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a great new rendering software available as part of the SOLIDWORKS Platform.  Visualize allows users to create magazine quality images that look so real they often fool the average consumer to thinking they’re actual product photos instead of renderings.  With the great quality and amazing speed with which Visuailze can render I hear customers asking: Why would I use anything else?  There are others who love PhotoView360 and are asking: Is Visualize replacing PhotoView360?  Will I lose […]

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Celebrate National Beer Day with SOLIDWORKS

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In case you didn’t know it, Thursday April 7th is National Beer Day! This particular day was chosen of course in honor of the partial repeal of prohibition on April 7th, 1933, that legally allowed beer with up to 3.2% alcohol to be brewed again. The full repeal (allowing liquor and other spirits) didn’t happen until Dec 5th… So hey!  2 days to celebrate!! With the giant push towards craft beer in the recent 4-6 years in the United States […]

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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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Use Luxology Appearance Files When Rendering in SOLIDWORKS 2013

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As far as favorite new features go for SOLIDWORKS 2013, using Luxology appearances to render my SOLIDWORKS models is one of my favorites. Luxology provides the rendering engine behind PhotoView 360 and up until now you were not able to use native Luxology appearances in SolidWorks. They have removed that barrier and now you have access to hundreds of new rendering appearances. To download these new appearances, you have to have a current subscription contract with SOLIDWORKS (you can also access […]

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