How to create Turntable Animations with SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

Article by Chris Duchaine updated June 12, 2024

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Unlock the advanced capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional with this straightforward guide. Focusing on how to create a turntable animation similar to the one shown below, this tutorial aims to enhance your SOLIDWORKS Visualize skills, making your product presentations more dynamic and engaging.

Creation Steps for Turntable Animations:

1. Initiate the Animation Timeline: To begin your animation, you need to activate the animation timeline in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. This can be done in two ways: either select the animation timeline from the drop-down in the Visualize toolbars or simply press the ‘T’ key as a quick shortcut. This action sets the stage for your creative process.

Animation Timeline

Animation Timeline

2. Engage the Animation Wizard: Click on the magic wand icon next to the plus symbol on the animation timeline. This wizard will guide you through the setup process, making it simpler to define the parameters of your animation. 

Engage the Animation Wizard

Engage the Animation Wizard

3. Define Your Rotation: Specify the direction and degree of rotation for your object within the wizard. You have the freedom to choose any angle, from a slight turn to a full 360-degree rotation. 

Define Your Rotation

Define Your Rotation

  1. Customize Duration and Start Time: Adjust the duration of your animation and decide when it begins. This customization allows for seamless integration with your overall presentation or project.
Rotation direction

Rotation direction

  

5. Preview Without Rendering Mode: To efficiently review your animation, turn off the rendering mode. This allows for a smooth preview of the object’s rotation without rendering each frame, which is particularly useful for systems with average graphics capabilities. 

Preview Without Rendering Mode

Preview Without Rendering Mode

6. Render and Compile Your Animation: Complete your animation by rendering it. This process combines your individual frames into a polished final piece, usually in MPEG format, using the output wizard for convenience. 

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

With these detailed steps, you’re equipped to create turntable animations that bring your designs to life, showcasing them in a more dynamic manner. This guide scratches the surface of what’s possible with SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional’s advanced tools.  

To learn more animation techniques attend a SOLIDWORKS Visualize training course live online. And if you need help creating animations from your SOLIDWORKS data you can hire our animation services team.

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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.