SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a new Rendering Tool for SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Article by Rod Mackay created/updated September 24, 2015

SOLIDWORKS® Visualize (formerly known as Bunkspeed) is a product for SOLIDWORKS 2017 which provides a suite of standalone software tools that combine industry-leading rendering capabilities with design-oriented features and workflows that enable easy and fast creation of visual content for designers, engineers, marketing, and other content creators. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium bundles.

Who can benefit from SOLIDWORKS Visualize?

SOLIDWORKS Visualize has been created for anyone who needs to create professional photo-quality, images, animations, and other 3D content in the fastest and easiest way possible. SOLIDWORKS Visualize is hardware-agnostic, which means designers, engineers, and content creators who use SOLIDWORKS or other CAD creation tools (such as Rhino®, Autodesk® Alias®, 3ds Max®) for product, architectural, yacht, mechanical, and other designs can produce an enhanced 3D decision making experience in a fast, easy, and fun way.

Bring your designs to life

Now you can create convincing, lifelike movies and images to use for product comparisons, print and web content, design reviews, or even interactive experiences. You can show your product in multiple visual configurations with different scenes, lighting, and artistic filters. SOLIDWORKS Visualize accurately simulates real-world lighting and advanced materials, while scaling rendering performance to meet the highest demands. Easily add movement, create 360-degree spins, or animate cameras, materials, models, or even the sun. Changes are displayed in real time for maximum flexibility and speed.

Because SOLIDWORKS Visualize is connected directly with SOLIDWORKS, you can automatically update your models using the “Live CAD Update” feature for a truly seamless workflow that provides the flexibility you need to work dynamically.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Packages

With today’s constantly evolving global marketplace, time-to-market and design innovation matter more than ever. SOLIDWORKS Visualize enables you to validate your product’s market acceptance in record time with ease and flare featuring:

  • Blazing fast performance and results that are easily scalable
  • Quality images indistinguishable from photos
  • Intuitive interface and minimal learning curve
  • Industry-leading GPU (graphics card) support

SOLIDWORKS Visualize is available in two separate packages:

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard

You no longer need to compromise your marketing and presentation materials by relying on screen grabs or budget for costly photographs of prototypes to show your latest product. With SOLIDWORKS Visualize, you can quickly and easily create:

  • Lifelike photo-quality images
  • A moodboard of different colours and finishes
  • High-resolution images ready for print and the web
  • Technical illustrations of key features

SOLIDWORKS Visualize standard is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium 2016 bundles. But you can also purchase a standalone license as it does not require SOLIDWORKS and can be used with files from other CAD systems like Rhino®, Autodesk® Alias®, or 3ds Max®.

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Example from Kia Motors

Kia Motors Design

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

With SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional you can tell a deeper 3D story about your product using your CAD data. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional enables users to easily generate photo-quality stills and interactive animations to effectively communicate the most complex design details. Enjoy all the features of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard plus these additional features and more:

  • Demonstrate products more effectively with full animation of parts, models, appearances, camera views, and environments
  • Quickly show off the final design with one-click 360-degree spins
  • Present and compare varying design solutions side-by-side with multiple viewports
  • Unleash your creative side with customizable Camera Filters

Check out this example animation created with SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional:

This is a rendered animation of the Schmidt Hydra V16 Coupe, the car driven by the main villain, Schmidt, in the movie Captain America: The First Avenger. It was created by Daniel Simon, a leading car designer who formerly worked at VW and Bugatti.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional also includes key features to help increase productivity. The integrated Render QUEUE allows you to stack up jobs on your machine or a dedicated render farm to automatically complete one after the other, providing remarkable time savings. Network Rendering is also included for maximum scalability and higher speed, increasing productivity immediately to meet even the most demanding schedules.

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No CAD knowledge required

With its simple, intuitive user interface, SOLIDWORKS Visualize requires virtually no learning curve and lets users produce content quickly. Detailed training materials, in-depth help files, online tutorials, and user forums provide more detailed instructions to help ensure that even non-technical staff can start creating amazing content instantly.

Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.

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