In SolidWorks Composer, the add-in Path Planning will help with animating an actor for moving from point A to point B. The power with Path Planning resides mainly in the fact that it will not allow the actor to contact any other actors in the environment. This will allow you to create very complex animations without having to key-frame every movement.
This video shows how the add-in Path Planning works in Composer:
In the spirit of Halloween which is a couple of weeks away, I am going to show you a couple of surface modeling tools that can be used to create a Jack-O-Lantern. In this article, I am going to use Revolved Surface, Split Lines, Deform and Thicken features.
To answer the question in the title of this article: “Not quite, but SolidWorks PhotoView 360 has added lot of post rendering options, allowing you to get that Perfect Image without using Adobe Photoshop”.
This video demonstrates how easy it is to control lighting, HSV and bloom after the rendering operation has been completed.
A couple of weeks ago a customer called me to ask why when applying a Section View the sectioned face is always shaded in the default colour even though all the related features have different colours applied?
The trick is to apply colours to the body and not the features. I have created a quick video to show you how:
In the video below I will give you an example on how easy it is to create styles in Composer. This will allow you to have a company standard on how everything looks and feels with the images you create.
When you create video with SolidWorks Composer the intuitive way to export it is to use the video workshop and export an AVI file. This method is fast but you lose the alpha channel. If you use the default background you will see lines instead of a smooth transition of the colours.
The solution is to use the High Resolution export and choose multiple with the video export option. This is what I use. The result is a better looking video, but it involves a few more steps. When choosing the frames per second rate (I use 30 frames per second) do not worry if you will end up with tones of Jpegs. Because SolidWorks Composer runs on Windows you probably have the Movie Maker program already installed(it comes free with Wndows 7). Upload your files to it and then export you video in one of several different file types.
Watch this video for a demonstration of this procedure:
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