Advantages of Using SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional vs Standard

Article by Jorge Villacres updated April 19, 2023


Have you ever wanted to create movie-style rendering or HD imagery to showcase your products as the picture below? Look no further than SOLIDWORKS Visualize! SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a rendering software that allows users to create stunning imagery of their designs. The software comes in two packages: SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard and SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. While both editions offer impressive rendering capabilities, there are significant advantages to SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. This blog will explore the benefits of using SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional vs Standard.

VR Outputs

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional allows you to create immersive VR experiences with interactive images and panoramic outputs. Interactive images enable you to render a user-specified number of pictures from around the model and stitch them together so the model can be viewed from all angles, creating a truly interactive experience.

On the other hand, panoramic outputs enable you to create 360-degree panoramas around the active camera, which is perfect for exploring interior spaces like cars, planes, rooms, and large assembly plants.


SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional offers powerful configuration tools that enable you to create different design versions within a single Visualize project file. With configurations, you can rapidly generate multiple design and product variations along with different material options, environments, camera angles, and more. Once you have created your configurations, with a button’s click, you can render them automatically. This tool is also very powerful for projects with multiple parts and material modifications, such as catalogs.

Visualize Standard vs Professional: Create Different Versions Your Design in SOLIDWORKS visualize pro

Create Different Versions Your Design

Full Animation Suite

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional offers a full animation suite, which includes the ability to create 360 degree turntable animations, exploded and sequence animations, camera animations, and sun studies!

These options allow users to showcase complex mechanical movements and detailed designs. Sun studies are particularly useful for interior designers, as they can see how sunlight casts shadows from their interior concept throughout an entire day’s sun cycle.

Post-Processing Capabilities

With SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional, you can access customizable camera filters to add additional effects to your renderings. These filters will allow you to add depth of field, vignettes, color saturation and other products that enhance the visual impact of your designs.

Post-process Your renderings with Solidworks Visualize

Post-process Your renderings with SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Render Queue

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional allows you the ability to queue up multiple projects for rendering, which is a significant advantage for users who need to maximize their productivity and save time. You can stack up rendering jobs and submit them all at once, at the end of the day and allow all the renders to process overnight. This means you never have to wait for a rendering to finish ever again, allowing you to remain productive during work hours!

In conclusion, while SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is an excellent rendering tool for beginners, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional provides advanced features for creating high-quality, photorealistic 3D images and animations. With VR outputs, configurations, a full animation suite, post-processing capabilities, and a render queue, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional is the go-to solution for professional 3D rendering.

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Jorge Villacres

Jorge Villacres is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert and has been using SOLIDWORKS since 2010. He has eight years of experience in academic CAD/CAM research and has worked on novel research topics such as 4D printing and has reported in numerous journal publications.