Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

First Look at the New Features and Tools in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019

By Stephen Choi on December 6, 2018

Over the past few years since SOLIDWORKS Visualize burst on the scene, it has grown to become everyone’s go-to application for creating stunning, photorealistic renderings of 3D CAD files. Since it’s a standalone application, it can be used by anyone without tying up a SOLIDWORKS license like other add-in products. If you’re not already using SOLIDWORKS Visualize, you should be. In this Video Tech Tip, you will find some pointers to help get you started and render better with SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019.

It's a smart idea to leverage the new auto-recover feature in case of any unexpected computer issues, which can happen especially when you're dealing with computation heavy applications such as SOLIDWORKS Visualize. More importantly, the typical work in creating a render of a design is more of an art than a science. As you tweak all the settings for colors, lights and textures to help create the perfect rendering, you’ll find it would be difficult to recreate those effects. So, think about taking advantage of this feature and set autosave intervals to help save you some time in case of unexpected computer hiccups.

One of the biggest additions to SOLIDWORKS Visualize is physics to your animations. Now you can add the real-life physics and interactions of your models to create a much higher level of realism. The inclusion of this simulation functionality is much-welcomed to the toolset. To see it in action, along with some other great additions to SOLIDWORKS Visualize, check out the example Steven Choi set up in the video. If your company needs to create any photorealistic images straight from the CAD model you should be using SOLIDWORKS Visualize. 

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