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The SolidWorks Visualization range is a standalone software product suite which allows users to transform 3D CAD geometry into photorealistic content. The benefit of this is that a non-CAD user can work on projects in Visualize without tying up a seat of SolidWorks. However, there are two levels of SolidWorks Visualize; Standard and Professional. So what are the key differences between the two packages?

Configurations

In the core SolidWorks suite, users are able to create multiple variants of their parts within the same file, eliminating the need to repeatedly copy files for subtle design changes. The same is true with SolidWorks Visualize Professional, which gives you the ability to quickly modify appearances, scenes, hide components etc and seamlessly switch between these variations. Users can then select to render all of these configurations at once, which ties in nicely with the next enhancement of Visualize Professional.

Render Queue

Once you have gotten your Visualize Project to a point where you wish to create a render, it may not be a suitable time to tie up your machine generating them, particularly if it is a large job that will take some time. This is where the Render Queue comes in. The ability to send a job to the queue, ready to be printed off at a more convenient time is a huge boost to productivity. A good practical example of this would be creating several configurations of a Visualize project and queuing them all to be rendered overnight.

Lighting & Cameras

Visualize Professional also comes complete with the ability to add lights and cameras to your projects, something that will be familiar users of Photoview 360. Lights can be added to the project in order to gain complete control over the shadows in your render, as well as simulating real lights if you are working with a backplate containing lights, which would otherwise not cast shadows.
The camera settings allow you to adjust settings such as bloom, motion blur, depth of field and more which allow you to fine tune your renders that can give your image a real pop

Animations & Web Content

It is also possible to create animations in the Professional package by utilising Keyframe, Turntable and Sun Study animations to really showcase your products in a unique way and impress your clients, all created in a similar fashion to those who have used Motion Studies within the SolidWorks suite before, with a few added features to help you produce a movie difficult to tell apart from the real thing!

Panoramic images are an example of the immersive web content that can be produced in Visualize Professional, creating a 360 degree image that can be interactively dragged on screen to capture every single aspect of your designs from a central point/camera. The inverse can also be achieved using the VR rendering option, giving you the capability to “fly” around your model and view, completely eliminating the need to create prototypes for costly photo-shoots and film production.

You can see some examples of the content you can achieve by checking out our SolidWorks Visualize Professional Webinar through our Extranet Tool or Cadtek Custom Portal or get in touch if you’d like some more information or to arrange a trial.

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