Content creators, whether they’re involved in marketing, engineering or design, often run into a pretty big barrier when working with computer aided design (CAD) software.
While they’re able to use the tools to create realistic models to the right scale, whether that’s an accurate representation of a V8 engine or even something like a new container for a food product, it’s difficult to see how these models would look in the real world. What’s more, it’s also near impossible to take these models to marketing departments and stakeholders to show off how they work.
This is where the advantages of a visualisation product come into play.
— SOLIDWORKS (@SOLIDWORKS) April 1, 2016
What is it?
SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a standalone, photo-realistic rendering and animation application – designed to work in parallel with CAD designers in any given design environment.
Working directly from 3D data, SOLIDWORKS Visualize facilitates the generation of print-ready photo-realistic images and movie-quality animations with industry-leading speed.
SOLIDWORKS Visualize maintains a link to SOLIDSWORKS 3-D CAD data – ensuring any updates to the CAD model are reflected on the photo-rendering data as well.
It’s essentially a way of taking a difficult to understand model and showing it to other parties.
However, SOLIDWORKS Visualize is also powerful in a number of other ways.
The advantages of SOLIDWORKS Visualize
One of the primary functions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize is the ability to deliver realistic imagery.
Cut down at the prototyping stage
It’s always a challenge when designing a product or component: there’s a real need to see what something looks like in the real world. This means using devices like 3D printers to assemble prototypes, or even manufacturing the object out of the final materials to see how it will look. SOLIDWORKS Visualize turns CAD files into photo realistic images that are nearly indistinguishable from physical finished products.
Easily deliver imagery to stakeholders and marketing
As explained earlier, one of the primary functions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize is the ability to deliver realistic imagery for marketing purposes. Marketers can use these images to put together a range of different materials. SOLIDWORKS Visualize imagery can prove useful as a way to update stakeholders as to the progress of a project.
Working on a virtual model also affords the user to consider ‘what if’ scenarios – different angles, viewpoints and setup for example – with a significantly greater degree of flexibility than dealing with physical models.
It’s certainly more cost-effective and flexible than taking photos of a finished product in a studio.
Model with other programs
Beyond the confines of the SOLIDWORKS suite of products, SOLIDWORKS Visualize employs an open approach with files and is out-of-the-box compatible with most major native and neutral CAD file formats.
This flexibility can prove a helpful feature when working within the context of a larger organisation, when a number of different pieces of software are in use.
Bunkspeed and Visualise: What’s the difference?
SOLIDWORKS Visualize actually started out life as a program called Bunkspeed, before being developed into the program available today. From the start, Visualize was designed as a suite of tools to make creating visual content easy and quick.
— SOLIDWORKS (@SOLIDWORKS) March 30, 2016
Get in touch
With nearly 3 million users worldwide, SOLIDWORKS is the industry leader in mainstream 3D CAD. It’s really no surprise that engineers across the globe use the tool on a daily basis for any number of projects.
Whether it’s a rocket technician developing powerful new engines or a marketing manager viewing a finished concept for a new water bottle, SOLIDWORKS can prove useful throughout the design process.
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