Articles by: Matt Campbell, CSWE
In SOLIDWORKS Composer, the Path Planning add-in will help with animating an actor for moving from point A to point B. The power of SOLIDWORKS Composer Path Planning resides mainly in the fact that it will not allow the actor to contact any other actors in the environment. This will allow you to create very complex animations without having to key-frame every movement. This video shows how the Path Planning add-in works in SOLIDWORKS Composer:
To answer the question in the title of this article: “Not quite, but SolidWorks PhotoView 360 has added lot of post rendering options, allowing you to get that Perfect Image without using Adobe Photoshop”. This video demonstrates how easy it is to control lighting, HSV and bloom after the rendering operation has been completed.
A couple of weeks ago a customer called me to ask why when applying a Section View the sectioned face is always shaded in the default colour even though all the related features have different colours applied? The trick is to apply colours to the body and not the features. I have created a quick video to show you how:
When you create video with SolidWorks Composer the intuitive way to export it is to use the video workshop and export an AVI file. This method is fast but you lose the alpha channel. If you use the default background you will see lines instead of a smooth transition of the colours. The solution is to use the High Resolution export and choose multiple with the video export option. This is what I use. The result is a better looking video, but it involves a few more steps. When choosing the frames per second rate (I use 30 frames per second) do not worry if you will end up with tones of Jpegs. Because SolidWorks Composer runs on Windows you probably have the Movie Maker program already…