The Benefits of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost

So what is SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost, you ask? What can it do for me and why should I be using it every day? I know you ask yourself these questions in the shower each morning, so let’s finally give you the answers you seek.

Let me paint you a picture, that happens all too often at design and engineering firms each day. Say you’re working on a project and your boss or someone from marketing comes over and says, “hey, I need a few rendered images of the project you just completed ASAP.” But you still have a ton work on another project they just assigned to you earlier that week?? Or what about your design manager needs this complex animation rendered out by the end of the day to show important clients and the hardware on your laptop alone just won’t cut it and would take days to render this animation?

Enter SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost to the rescue. Visualize Boost is our network rendering technology allowing you to send render jobs to a dedicated cluster of machine(s) to instantly boost render speed and content productivity. Similar to a printer queue in your office, Visualize Boost allows any number of Visualize Professional users to send render jobs to other machine(s), freeing up your main machine to keep using Visualize, CAD, or other demanding applications.


Visualize Boost is a separate installation and a product add-on to Visualize Professional only. It should be installed on a separate computer and can be set up as a single node, or as a cluster so that you can scale your productivity efficiently as demand increases. Once installed and ready to render, Visualize Pro will scan your network for any connected Visualize Boost machines; there is no limit of machines you can connect!

Simply put, Visualize Boost helps you complete renders in a fraction of the time. And as we all know, time = money.

Whoa, Visualize Boost at no cost?!? How awesome is that! This is 1:1, meaning if you have five seats of Visualize Pro all on active Subs, then you receive five complimentary seats of Visualize Boost!*

Need to buy more seats of Visualize Boost but need some help convincing your boss? Download the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost Justification Sheet to help make your case. Visualize Boost will not only accelerate your renders, but it will also allow you to render loads more content in the same amount of time! Basically, Visualize Boost makes you look like a rockstar in front of your boss.

To show you a real-world example of Visualize Boost’s benefits, take this exploded view animation below, courtesy of the folks at Myomo:

On my laptop, this would have taken about four hours to render. BUT using Visualize Boost and powerful NVIDIA graphics cards, check out the insanely fast render times!

To give you an idea of render performance on your projects with Visualize Boost, check out these two charts below. Moral of the story is, put all your budget towards buying NVIDIA GPUs and your render jobs will finish in a fraction of the time! Just think of the render speed if you had 10 NVIDIA graphics cards across multiple Visualize Boost machines! Whoa.

1x NVIDIA M4000 = 60 minutes
2x NVIDIA M4000 = 40 minutes
4x NVIDIA M4000 = 20 minutes
2X NVIDIA M6000 = 15 minutes
1x NVIDIA VCA = less than 5 minutes!

Here are some of the benefits of using Visualize Boost in your pipeline:

  • Instantly boost your design productivity by stacking up multiple jobs in your Render Queue, send to Visualize Boost machines and offload your local machine to work on other tasks.
  • Iterate at breakneck speeds which shortens design cycles and saves cost. Faster content production means accelerated design process, which means faster iterative cycles.
  • Squash your competition and beat them to the market, ultimately making more money.
  • Render more content faster than ever before!
  • Create product animations, camera flys and interactive web content, rather than only still images…in the same amount of time!
  • You can even install Visualize Boost on existing CPU or GPU render farms, since it’s hardware agnostic! Obviously GPUs are way faster than CPUs, but Visualize Boost doesn’t care what kind of hardware; it just works.
  • Dramatically increase ROI on each product cycle

To give you an idea of render performance on your projects with Visualize Boost, check out these two charts below. And just think of the render speed if you had 10 graphics cards across multiple Visualize Boost machines! Whoa.

This one is comparing the latest NVIDIA Pascal-series cards:

And this one is comparing the previous NVIDIA Maxwell-series cards:


Get out there and start using Visualize Boost today! For more information and detailed step-by-step to configuring your Visualize Boost cluster, check out the Visualize Online Help here.

Don’t forget to follow SOLIDWORKS Visualize Product Manager @bhillner on twitter for product news and updates, and share your SOLIDWORKS Visualize creations on social media with #swvisualize and #gettinvizzy!

More Resources to get started with SOLIDWORKS Visualize:

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE SEAT OF SOLIDWORKS VISUALIZE right now to bring your products to market faster than ever before.

WATCH TWO WEBINARS on SOLIDWORKS Visualize and its many benefits to up your render game to a whole new level.

WATCH THE TUTORIALS to master SOLIDWORKS Visualize in no time and impress your boss with photo-quality content.

UPGRADE TO SOLIDWORKS VISUALIZE PROFESSIONAL for an enhanced 3D visualization experience. Contact your Reseller now!

*Falling off Subscription on Visualize Professional will remove your complimentary license of Visualize Boost.



Brian Hillner

Brian Hillner

Brian Hillner is a Senior Product Portfolio Manager for SOLIDWORKS, responsible for Education and Early Engagement, and specializes in the intersection of business, technology & user experience. He focuses on creating customer-driven software products tailored for schools, educators and students to develop designers, engineers and dreamers of the future. Prior to joining the Education team, he was the Product Manager for SOLIDWORKS Visualize, eDrawings and the Extended Reality (XR) workflows.
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