How to Use SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional’s Rendering Queue for Streamlined Design

Article by Chris Duchaine updated June 24, 2024

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Imagine a world where your most complex renderings come to life while you sleep, transforming your workflow and maximizing productivity. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional offers just that, with its robust Rendering Queue feature. This powerful tool is a game-changer for professionals looking to render high-quality animations, like turntables, without tying up their computers during crucial work hours. Let’s dive into how you can leverage the Rendering Queue to bring your projects across the finish line, efficiently and effortlessly. 

The Rendering Queue: A Step-by-Step Guide  

1. Starting with the Rendering Wizard: Begin by selecting the animation you wish to render, such as a turntable or any other animation you’ve crafted. The Rendering Wizard in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional makes this process intuitive, guiding you through each step from selection to final output. 

2. Specifying Animation Details: Within the wizard, define the crucial aspects of your render—whether it’s an MPEG video or a sequence of images. This includes selecting the size and quality of your output, factors that will directly influence the rendering time and output quality. 

3. Adjusting Render Quality: Choose the number of ray tracing passes and the overall image quality for each frame of your animation. Higher quality settings will result in longer render times but will produce superior outcomes, especially for complex animations. 

4. Routing to the Rendering Queue: Once you’ve tailored the output to your satisfaction, instead of starting the render immediately, you’ll opt to send it to the Rendering Queue. This choice is made simple with a dedicated ‘Queue’ button, ensuring your project is lined up without commencing the render right away.

  

5. Managing the Rendering Queue: After sending your job to the queue, you’ll be greeted with a detailed menu listing all queued jobs. Here, you can manage the queue by starting, pausing, or stopping jobs. Each job’s status is clearly indicated: green for completed tasks, yellow for those currently rendering, and no color for jobs awaiting their turn.

  

6. Editing and Prioritizing Jobs: Even after a job has been queued, you retain the flexibility to edit its settings or change its priority within the queue. This adaptability is crucial for managing multiple projects or adjusting details on the fly. 

7. Utilizing Off-Hours Rendering: The true power of the Rendering Queue lies in its ability to run complex renders outside of active work hours. By setting your projects to render overnight or on another machine, you free up valuable resources and can return to a suite of completed renderings, ready for review.

  

8. Feedback and Completion: Once a rendering job is complete, the queue provides feedback on how long the job took, allowing for better planning of future projects. The color-coding system offers at-a-glance status updates, with completed jobs highlighted in green, providing a clear indicator of progress. 

Conclusion 

Harnessing the Rendering Queue in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional not only streamlines your workflow but also maximizes your productivity, allowing you to focus on creativity rather than waiting on renderings. With this guide, you’re now equipped to manage your rendering tasks more efficiently, ensuring that your projects move forward smoothly, even when you’re away from your desk. 

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Chris Duchaine

Chris Duchaine is an Applications Solutions Consultant with TriMech. Chris has 10 years of engineering experience using CAD to design mechanical and electromechanical systems in the industrial equipment industry. He has worked over eight years with SOLIDWORKS value-added resellers and at TriMech.