Articles by: Scott Ellery, CSWE

Scott Ellery is a CSWE and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community, He is a two time SOLIDWORKS World Presenter and contributes regularly to SWUG meetings organized by four different user groups in Canada, Scott has worked with many CAD Software packages for over a decade in a multitude of different industries including Steel Fabrication, Injection Molding and Sheetmetal. With a background in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Design, Scott enjoys pushing SolidWorks to it's limits and teaching users to be as fast and efficient with SolidWorks as humanly possible.

Which SOLIDWORKS Render Tool should I use? PhotoView 360 or Visualize?

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Configurations

Are you confused why we have two choices of SOLIDWORKS render tool in the Innovation Platform? When should we be using PhotoView 360 and when should we be using SOLIDWORKS Visualize? Should we be using only one and not the other? Both of these render tools are great for different purposes. Watch this on-demand webinar to clear up any confusion about these two products, and how and when to use them. Who should watch this on-demand webinar? Product designers Industrial designers Marketing professionals SOLIDWORKS Visualize SOLIDWORKS Visualize provides a suite of standalone software tools that combine industry-leading rendering capabilities with visual design-oriented features and workflows, allowing easy and fast creation of visual content that communicates a design’s vision, passion, and emotion. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium. About SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360 PhotoView 360 is a visualization and render tool included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium. PhotoView 360 provides a highly interactive environment for viewing designs as well…

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Is it time to consider making the switch to SOLIDWORKS?

Switch to SOLIDWORKS

We are in an age where technology is changing faster than we can consume it, this can make it difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest in the CAD market and you may not be aware that your CAD platform could be limiting your design and document workflows. With the ever changing landscape of CAD solutions we see many companies are making the switch to SOLIDWORKS. Here are the common questions we hear from companies that are re-evaluating their current 3D design solution: Software Licencing “We feel like our CAD provider is bullying us into a software as a service (SaaS) subscription license model!” With most of the industry switching to a software as a service (Saas) model, SOLIDWORKS is dedicated to giving you the choice of the best solution that suits your needs. SOLIDWORKS provides both Perpetual licensing for a permanent license that you own, as well…

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Unknown Tips and Tricks: Part Two

Open Motion Study

Utilizing Motion Studies for more than just motion Motion studies are a great tool inside of SOLIDWORKS to bring your assemblies to life, they allow you to utilize real world conditions like gravity, connections and other physics based motion attributes to give your animations a realistic look while also delivering analysis for greater insight into validating the motion of your project. In our case motion studies are a great tool for rendering animations using SOLIDWORKS Visualize, utilizing the SOLIDWORKS Visualize add-in and SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional we can automatically transfer motion studies from SOLIDWORKS to Visualize Professional in the press of a button to have all of our motion automatically key-framed and ready for rendering. Having this ability is a massive time saver and allows us to get motion results that would be very difficult to key-frame by hand, did someone say GRAVITY! But what if I don’t have SOLIDWORKS Visualize…

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Unknown Tips and Tricks: Part One

The final result using the Custom made Environment HDR

Creating your own HDR Environments SOLIDWORKS Visualize is an incredibly powerful rendering tool to get quick life-like renders of our CAD models done as fast as possible.  There are a lot of powerful and robust tools available to us in Visualize to give us some breathtaking results and you don’t have to be a hardcore rendering junkie to start using the simple and straight forward interface. I have been lucky enough to have been using Visualize for the last few years and thought I would put together a list of what I call “Unknown SOLIDWORKS Visualize Tips and Tricks” that most users may not know is possible with the software. Finding an Image SOLIDWORKS Visualize uses HDRI and HDR Spherical maps for virtual environments so that our models can have realistic lighting for whatever scene we are trying to create. Generally if you Google HDRI you can find some free…

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Star Wars Lightsaber Edition

The release date for the new Star Wars® feature film “Star Wars:The Last Jedi” is just around the corner. We thought we would celebrate the best way we know how, making Lightsabres in SOLIDWORKS Visualize! By utilizing some techniques like the Visualize add-in for SOLIDWORKS, you can get a fast and great looking render in no time. In the video below, we will show you how to get a SOLIDWORKS model of a Lightsaber into Visualize while taking advantage of some camera features, and even the new area lights capabilities in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional 2018. Benefits of SOLIDWORKS Visualize SOLIDWORKS® Visualize (formerly known as Bunkspeed) is a product which provides a suite of standalone software tools that combine industry-leading rendering capabilities with design-oriented features and workflows that enable easy and fast creation of visual content for designers, engineers, marketing, and other content creators. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and…

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How do you store and protect your critical business data?

External Hard Drive

I have visited a lot of companies and many of them have their own way of managing their data, one of the standard questions I ask is “How do you store and protect your critical business data today?” and usually get the same answers: We keep everything on a server drive and copy files back a forth We work locally and backup on a server when the project is ready for production We have external hard drives to back up our data We just make copies and rename with underscores so we done overwrite anything important Although these are not necessarily terrible ways of managing your companies’ data they are extremely dangerous. In fact, I take that back, these are not great ways of storing or securing company data but more often than not they are the norm because companies don’t realize that there is a better more secure way.  …

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017 is a Game Changer with Motion Study Export

SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017

With the release of SOLIDWORKS Visualize in 2016 DS SOLIDWORKS added an incredibly powerful true to life rendering tool to the Innovation Platform.   Visualize makes it as easy as a drag and drop to get jaw dropping, realistic images out of your CAD system, and even though it is very easy to use…they’ve made it even easier to create animations from an existing motion study in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017! Grabbing your Motion Study from SOLIDWORKS The first step to creating easy and great looking animations is to open the assembly that has the motion study attached to it, you can navigate to the motion study to verify it is working in an expected manor but it is not necessary. Next we need to turn on the new SOLIDWORKS Visualize Add-in for SOLIDWORKS 2017, we can do this by navigating to the Add-in menu under Options and turning on the…

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A big thank you to the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Community at SOLIDWORKS World

Unleashing the Power of Visualize Session

Last week we had the pleasure of interacting with SOLIDWORKS users in Los Angeles, CA., at the SOLIDWORKS World convention.  This year was packed full of informative and impressive sessions that really excite the inner engineering geek in me; and invigorates the passion that so many designers and engineers have for the great SOLIDWORKS Innovation Platform. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Breakout Session My colleague Alen Topic and I were lucky enough to present at the event this year on one of our favorite new additions to the SOLIDWORKS lineup, SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and wanted to give a big thank you to everyone that attended to make this a fun and creative session. We had users of all types, from experienced to brand new, witness how easy and powerful SOLIDWORKS Visualize can be and had a lot of fun in the process. Users were able to make a very high quality render (shown in the figure below), in…

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