Accelerate your SOLIDWORKS Workflows with HP and NVIDIA

Plenty of enhancements and new functionality has been lined up for SOLIDWORKS 2017. While the SOLIDWORKS development team has been working hard preparing the new release, there is one capability that was folded into SOLIDWORKS recently that significantly improves designers’ ability to accurately predict how their products will appear in real life.

With the integration of SOLIDWORKS Visualize in SOLIDWORKS 2017, users now have a quick, easy way to seamlessly view photorealistic visualizations of their designs while they work on them. This tool takes full advantage of the fast photorealism of NVIDIA® Iray®, the physically based rendering engine at the heart of Visualize, and the power of Quadro-equipped HP Z Desktop and Mobile Workstations.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize is simple to use, so non-experts in lighting and visualization can benefit from its capabilities as well. This means engineers can iterate on their designs, making changes to materials such as metals and plastics, and quickly see what their design decisions would look like in real life. Since SOLIDWORKS Visualize is directly connected with SOLIDWORKS, users can automatically update models using the “Live CAD Update” feature for a truly seamless workflow that provides the flexibility needed to work dynamically. For SOLIDWORKS CAD Professional & Premium customers on active Subscription, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included, so it’s easy to try the tool out right away.

With the ability to create, communicate, and collaborate with physically based photorealistic visuals, design teams can deliver better products to the market faster. The performance scalability of SOLIDWORKS Visualize with Quadro GPUs in HP Z Workstations means the more powerful the workstation, the faster the render. On top of that, users can install Iray Server, NVIDIA’s distributed rendering software, on their HP Workstations to leverage the power of other HP Z Workstations connected to the local network to accelerate rendering speed even more. By speeding up rendering, designers gain the ability to iterate faster and try out more design modifications in less time. It also means there’s no longer the need to schedule long overnight renders only to find the resulting view was not quite what was anticipated during design. By making better informed design decisions early in the process, not only can designs be optimized, but costs can be reduced and fewer physical prototypes built.

In addition, marketing teams can get ahead of the curve by creating marketing content in parallel with design development. The ease of using SOLIDWORKS Visualize enables marketers to produce stunning marketing content, in nearly any environmental setting, before the final product is even manufactured. This means companies can reduce the need to hire expensive professional photographers and rent photo studios to create the final marketing collateral because creative marketers can take photos of CAD data directly within SOLIDWORKS Visualize.

Year after year, the SOLIDWORKS R&D teams deliver outstanding innovation and hundreds of improvements for their millions of passionate users. SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017 is packed with enhancements, such as importing SOLIDWORKS CAD Motion Studies, fading the opacity of parts, a new direct Add-in to the SOLIDWORKS CAD interface for instant export into Visualize, and many more. Among the biggest news for 2017 is Visualize Boost, an easy-to-use distributed network rendering solution that instantly increases render speed and productivity.

GPU-accelerated rendering tools, such as SOLIDWORKS Visualize, benefit from the power of discrete graphics and SOLIDWORKS users around the world already count on HP Z Desktop and Mobile Workstations powered by NVIDIA® Quadro® professional GPUs for their demanding design work. However, with the increasing adoption of 4K displays, such as the Ultra-High Definition HP Z27s, the need for more graphics power becomes evident. Because 4K displays deliver four times the resolution of a standard HD monitor, computer systems need to lift four times the graphical information to the screen.

In addition, with the introduction of virtual reality to design workflows on the horizon, it is worth considering a higher level of graphics performance than has been sufficient for SOLIDWORKS until now. Rather than continuing to rely on the popular Quadro M2000 (or M2000M in HP ZBook Mobile Workstations), users may now want to look at upgrading to the Quadro M4000 pro GPU with 8GB of frame buffer (or a HP ZBook 17 G3 Mobile Workstation with M4000M graphics) to ensure a smooth design experience on 4K screens and to run SOLIDWORKS Visualize efficiently. The higher-end NVIDIA Quadro graphics card, the more photo-quality content SOLIDWORKS Visualize users can create.

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The combination of SOLIDWORKS 2017 with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and the full range of Quadro-powered HP Z Workstations and HP ZBooks certified by SOLIDWORKS, provides users with the exceptional tools they need to experience their product design workflow without limits.

Learn more today by exploring the HP/NVIDIA SOLIDWORKS 2017 website.


Images courtesy of Sage Cheshire Aerospace and Zamak design



HP offers a wide variety of workstation solutions featuring NVIDIA Quadro graphics solutions, engineered to meet the ever-increasing computing demands of SOLIDWORKS users.

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