Discover the new Area Light capability in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2018

Article by Vicky Guignard updated November 11, 2017


What if I told you you could simply pick a point on your components, select a type of light and BOOM you have an ultra realistic reflection on your part ready to be rendered. It’s never been easier!  New in 2018, is the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Area Light tool which lets you do just that.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Area Light

SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2018 Area Light

Here’s how the new SOLIDWORKS Visualize Area Light works:

You can create light sources simulated as rectangles, discs, spheres, and cylinders. These new, area light sources are extremely efficient and available in Fast mode and can replace the more manual “emissive plane” technique for creating simulated light cards in a scene used to provide more reflections in your geometry.

Other light creation and placement improvements allow you to create lights “on the fly” that are either matched to the current camera’s position and direction, or placed with a single click on the model to indicate where you want the light to shine.

Pick a target for the Area Light

Pick a target for the Area Light

You can create new lights by selecting Pick Target or Match Current Camera from the New Light menu. For example, on the Scenes tab, click Add and choose New Light, Pick Target, or Match Current Camera.

Area Tube Example

Area Tube Example

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Vicky Guignard

Vicky has been working in the CAD industry since 2010 and has a background in machine design and steel structure design. Vicky works closely with the Javelin sales team, helping to solve complex customer challenges utilizing the SOLIDWORKS product line. She is also an instructor for Javelin and delivers private, and public training in Western Canada, as well as online through Javelin's JOLT training. Vicky has been an Application Engineer with Javelin since 2014.