PhotoView 360

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Transparent Section Views

SOLIDWORKS Transparent Section View

SOLIDWORKS 2017 now gives you the ability to create transparent section views! Instead of a section view that completely cuts away the model. We can now designate components to be displayed as transparent. SOLIDWORKS Transparent section views leave a ghosted view of the sectioned off quadrant; but still gives us a clear look at the internal components…

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Including the PNG Image Background in a PhotoView 360 Rendering [VIDEO]

In a previous article we explained how you can save a PNG file from Photoview 360 with a transparent background, but what if you want the PNG image background included with the higher image quality of the PNG file?  No problem.  It’s actually a very simple procedure but not one that might be immediately apparent…

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Creating SOLIDWORKS Custom Appearance Files [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS installs with a large library of appearance files that you can apply to your models, but you can also create a SOLIDWORKS Custom appearance file from any image you wish. Create a Custom Appearance File To create a new custom appearance file, you need to start by editing an existing appearance with a texture.  Make sure…

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Contour and Cartoon Rendering with SOLIDWORKS and PhotoView 360 [VIDEO]

You are probably already familiar with the amazing photo realistic renders that are possible using PhotoView 360 in SOLIDWORKS, but what if you want to render a high quality image that looks more like it’s been hand drawn?  Well, PhotoView 360 can do that too! Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2014, two new options were added to…

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Add more realism to your SolidWorks view with Ambient Occlusion

Ambient Occlusion

Perhaps you need to grab a quick screenshot or show someone your model in SolidWorks and you want to add a bit of wow factor.  Of course to truly impress with a photo-realistic rendering, you should use PhotoView 360.  But maybe you don’t have the time to generate the PhotoView rendering or you don’t have…

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Network Rendering Client – VIDEO

The PhotoView 360 rendering tool in SolidWorks can produce some astounding photo realistic renders.  However large, high quality renders don’t happen instantaneously. In fact a large render of a highly complex model could take hours to complete, even on a very powerful system.  PhotoView 360 users have always been able to set up SolidWorks to…

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Rethinking the Flower Vase with SolidWorks and an Objet 3D Printer

Image: Ideation of a vase

As a first year industrial design student at Carleton University I was tasked with a culminating project of redesigning a common household accessory; the flower vase. Although the project was mainly an exploration into the form and colour development of a common object, I wanted to use the project as an opportunity to rethink and improve the user…

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How to render transparent backgrounds in PhotoView 360 [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360 does a really great job of creating amazingly realistic renderings. We’ve discussed before how to add your own background image in SOLIDWORKS to use in a render, but what if you want a PhotoView 360 Transparent Background Rendering? The approach to get a transparent background in a PhotoView 360 render will vary…

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