Now in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 we have a new option – “360° Capture” which captures a defined number of images of the model along a vertical axis performing a 360° clockwise rotation.
Using this tool will help us efficiently publish/save custom views directly rather than manually creating them in views tab and then publishing.
360° Capture can be toggled on through Workshop Pane > High Resolution Image/ Technical Illustration Tab’s > Multiple Tab > 360° Capture.
The vertical axis determines the orientation of the camera. And can be defined through File > Properties > Document Properties > Viewport > Vertical axis > Select (+,-) X or Y or Z.
- If Z is defined as the vertical axis, then the rotation plane will be XY.
- If Y is defined as the vertical axis, then the rotation plane will be XZ.
- If X is defined as the vertical axis, then the rotation plane will be YZ.
Enter the number of images you want to capture along the 360° path in the Number of Images box.
Whereas, in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 this option didn’t exist and we spent so much time defining the angles for custom camera views through File > document properties > viewport properties > custom camera views > created the new views on Views Tab and then saved the multiple views through technical illustration and high resolution.
As you can see in the above image: in my case I selected “+Y” as my vertical axis and number of images to 5. On publishing images through workshop I got total 6 images, one of them was my actual default view in view tab and rest 5 created by 360° Capture.
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