Creating SOLIDWORKS Custom Appearance Files [VIDEO]

Custom

SOLIDWORKS installs with a large library of appearance files that you can apply to your models, but you can also create a SOLIDWORKS Custom appearance file from any image you wish. Create a Custom Appearance File To create a new custom appearance file, you need to start by ... Read More

Contour and Cartoon Rendering with SOLIDWORKS and PhotoView 360 [VIDEO]

Detail - Cartoon Line

You are probably already familiar with the amazing photo realistic renders that are possible using PhotoView 360 in SOLIDWORKS, but what if you want to render a high quality image that looks more like it's been hand drawn?  Well, PhotoView 360 can do that too! Starting with ... Read More

Network Rendering Client – VIDEO

Render Time

The PhotoView 360 rendering tool in SolidWorks can produce some astounding photo realistic renders.  However large, high quality renders don’t happen instantaneously. In fact a large render of a highly complex model could take hours to complete, even on a very powerful system.  ... Read More

Rethinking the Flower Vase with SolidWorks and an Objet 3D Printer

Image: Ideation of a vase

As a first year industrial design student at Carleton University I was tasked with a culminating project of redesigning a common household accessory; the flower vase. Although the project was mainly an exploration into the form and colour development of a common object, I wanted ... Read More

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How to render transparent backgrounds in PhotoView 360 [VIDEO]

Splash

SolidWorks Photoview 360 does a really great job of creating amazingly realistic renderings. We’ve discussed before how to add your own background image in SolidWorks to use in a render, but what if you only want your model rendered and to have the background be transparent? The ... Read More

Accessing Additional PhotoView Appearances [VIDEO]

Step 1

A great new feature in SolidWorks 2013 is the ability to use Luxology native appearances for PhotoView 360 renders. This opens up to SolidWorks users the ability to make use of the huge selection of additional appearances in Luxology’s online library. But even better, for ... Read More

Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day: Shadow Consistency in all Display Modes

My SolidWorks 2013 pick of the day is the new behavior for the shadow orientation in SolidWorks 2013 OpenGL mode. I really like the fact that shadows are now being controlled by the Scene dialog box in all display modes: OpenGL, RealView and PhotoView 360. No more ... Read More