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. PhotoView 360 users have always been able to set up SolidWorks to schedule renders to run un-attended at times that they are not at their workstations, but now with SolidWorks 2013 they can take advantage of the processing power of other computers on their office network during this downtime as well, sharing the processing load across multiple systems.
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 approach to get a transparent background in a PhotoView 360 render will vary depending on what release of SolidWorks you are using. Here is the process for SolidWorks 2012 and SolidWorks 2013.
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 customers with an active SolidWorks Subscription contract, the subscription now includes free access to that library. Here is how you can get access to that library and make use of the appearance files available there.
Do you want to know how it was done?
If you like my previous post about a rendered cruise boat video, you should see this one too.
Javelin office just moved to a new location earlier this year, so I decided to make something interesting about the new office building. Please take a look at the video below.
Here are some rendered images of the animation:
In past versions of SolidWorks inserting a background image into a model was a fairly difficult operation requiring changes to system options, creation of special files and normally at least two cups of coffee. The new “Display Manager” introduced in SolidWorks 2011 however makes it very easy to superimpose your SolidWorks model on any image of your choice.
When you have layers of transparent materials in your model (like a glass containing water), you get a better result when rendering with PhotoView 360 if the “liquid” body interferes by a small amount with the “glass” body.
Take a look at two renderings showing both results. Fig. 1 shows the real-life condition, where we have just “contact” between glass and water, while fig. 2 depicts the case where there is a small “interference” between the two. Which one do you like more?
As a side note, you should never leave a gap between the two transparent bodies.
A very short tip that can save you a lot of time:
If you use the Preview Window in PhotoView 360 and you find out it takes too long to finish rendering, you can “brush” with your mouse over areas of interest and they will get priority over the rest.
Apparently this new functionality was added in SolidWorks 2011 SP 4.0.
Getting your Expert Certification in SolidWorks (CSWE) can be compared to winning a Gold Medal in a top competition!
I suspect that is not because they do not have the resources for coining the medals, but because they know how hard it is to please you, their user. Give a SolidWorks Professional a medal and, instead of smiling for the camera, he or she will analyze its imprint, check its reflectivity and, after a while, will say ‘Thanks… but I can design a better one’.
Knowing that, SolidWorks gave you something better: the tools to “coin” your own medal. Remember the PhotoView 360 video posted by our guest blogger Rob Rodriguez? All these tools are described there in great detail.
As you know, my colleague Andrew Lidstone is Javelin’s newest CSWE. Why don’t you practice coining a gold medal to celebrate his achievement? This way, when you get your own CSWE, you will know how to do yours. Something like this: