SOLIDWORKS Animation

How to create a Fade-in-out effect for Digger views in SOLIDWORKS Composer animations

SOLIDWORKS Composer Digger

The SOLIDWORKS Composer Digger tool lets you zoom parts of your model to show a detail view of complex geometry, you can change opacity, visibility, and capture a 2D image. Follow the steps below to use the SOLIDWORKS Composer Digger in animations and apply a fade in and fade out effect without using the actual fade in and fade out tools on the timeline. STEP 1: Place the timeline bar at 2.5 seconds where-ever you want the digger size to be maximum.Now toggle on digger using space-bar or Home > Digger tool. In the view-port drag the center of interest on the geometry actor you would like to zoom in onto. Resize the digger using the radius handle and click on set digger key on timeline toolbar, to capture the digger key in key track. STEP 2: Copy the step 1 digger key by holding Ctrl and dragging and dropping…

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SOLIDWORKS Animation Control using Mates

SOLIDWORKS Animation Control

SOLIDWORKS Animations have an option called Autokey.  This can be useful for simple animations where you enable the option, click somewhere along the timebar and then drag components.  It will add keys for all components that moved for its final position at that time step.  You need to be aware of the initial position of the component at the key before in the timebar.  This is the transition period where it moves between the initial and final positions of two keys. This can cause headaches in larger more complex assemblies if many components are moving.  Accidentally dragging a component can add new keys or affect existing ones.  If you want to update the position of a component earlier in time, you need to ensure you have the timebar selected in the same position as the existing key.  If the timebar is selected at a slightly different location, it will automatically…

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard vs Professional

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard vs Professional

In a previous post we talked about SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard which is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium software with an active SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service. But what about SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional? What is the difference between the Standard and Professional versions? Well the professional version is a more comprehensive tool that not only allows you to easily create photo-realistic images but also create animations, and interactive content. With Visualize Professional you can tell a deeper product story using your existing CAD data by generating photo-quality imagery, interactive animations, and 360 degree spins to effectively communicate the most complex design. What’s Included with the Professional Version? SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional includes all the great features of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard, plus these additional features: Demonstrate products more effectively with full animation of parts, models, appearances, camera views, and environments Quickly show off the final design with one-click 360 degree spins Work with exploded views…

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Additional Animation Output File Types

SOLIDWORKS animations give life to your models.  These can be exported to various file types.  Prior versions only allowed exporting as AVI (video), BMP (images) or TGA (images) files.  SOLIDWORKS 2019 has added additional common formats which is useful in many situations. Video formats: *.avi *.flv *.mkv *.mp4 Series of images: *.bmp *.jpg *.png *.tga *.tif Below is a great example of why this is useful.  I’m not able to insert an AVI video into this blog post and have it viewable directly in the browser.  It would only give a link to download the file.  However with the MP4 export, I could drag and drop the video below and it can be viewed within the browser.

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Saving SOLIDWORKS Animation Videos with Motion Blur

SOLIDWORKS animations and motion studies can be saved as a video (AVI file).  The PhotoView 360 renderer helps add realism to the animation with an option for Motion Blur.  This dynamic blurring visual effect gives more life to a moving object, making it seem that much faster. When saving the AVI, select PhotoView 360 for the renderer (ensure you have the PhotoView 360 add-in enabled).  This will provide an option for Motion Blur. Blur Length represents how long of a blur exposure is given.  The default is 50 which represents the shutter is open for half of the exposure time of the frame. Blur Offset represents where in time the blur sample is taken.  The default is 0 but you can set the offset backward or forward.   Compare the two animation examples below to see the effect of adding a dynamic blurring visual effect: Animation without Motion Blur   Animation…

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SOLIDWORKS Animations with Changing Cameras

SOLIDWORKS Animation Switch Camera

Switching SOLIDWORKS animation cameras gives more control over location, target, field of view, etc.  You can place keys and edit the camera at various positions to change the orientation and zoom. If you have more than one camera, you are able to switch between them during the animation.  First set up the cameras and place keys to indicate start and end settings of each by editing the cameras along the timebar. Then select a camera to use at T=0s.  Right-click on the key beside ‘Orientation and Camera Views‘ and select ‘Camera View‘. The pop-up will allow you to select the camera to use from the start of the animation. Then you can place another key along the timebar beside ‘Orientation and Camera View’ to select a different camera. The pop-up will appear again and you can select a different camera to use, in this case Camera2 is selected: An example…

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Motion Simulation in SOLIDWORKS

From the SOLIDWORKS help: SOLIDWORKS Motion studies are graphical simulations of motion for assembly models. Motion simulation assumes all parts to be rigid during the simulation, meaning that during contacts, no deformations will take place. Where to start? To start a motion study in SOLIDWORKS you can click on “Motion Study 1” tab on the lower left corner of SOLIDWORKS user interface. Make sure to click on “Expand Motion Manager” to display the SOLIDWORKS Motion Manager timeline view. The first thing you need to do is to select the type of simulation you want to perform. There are 3 types of motion simulations in SOLIDWORKS including Animation, Basic Motion, and Motion Analysis. Animation Animation simulation is included in all the SOLIDWORKS Packages (Standard, Professional and Premium) and allows you to do quick animations for exploded views and rotating camera angles. Basic Motion Basic Motion is also part of every package…

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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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