I knew I’d get your attention with that. Often I hear, “Jesse, how can I become the snazziest guy or gal in the cube-block?” My answer is always the same. You need a SOLIDWORKS bag.

Well, today is your lucky day because I’d like to give you this one! (If you recognize my model, tell him how handsome he is the next time you have a support case or training class with him!)

However, if you want it, I am going to make you work for it. The good news is, I’ll let you keep your assignment!

This year, CADimensions is hosting a rendering contest! Here’s how it’s going to work.

I’d like you to pick one of your own products, create a rendering of it and send it over to show it off. That’s it! PhotoView360, Live Render, or Visualize renderings will be accepted. Although, between you and me, I think the Visualize users will have the edge. I hear you saying, “I see your angle Sprague, you’re trying to trick me into trying Visualize!” Yes. Yes I am. I love the product and I think you will, too! Remember, any of you SOLIDWORKS Pro and Premium users already have access to Visualize Standard!

There are no restrictions on the content of these renderings (As long as they’re G-Rated. This is a family show)! I’m sure there’s a product that the marketing or sales staff has been asking for a better image of. Grab the model, create a rendering and send it in! You’ll make them happy and you’ll have a shot at some new SOLIDWORKS gear!

Here are the contest details:

  • The contest is open to all CADimensions customers (or prospective customers).
  • The entry must be 1920×1080 or larger to capture an acceptable amount of detail (Any aspect ratio is fine as long as the minimum pixel length is over 1000px).
  • Please provide a brief description of the product and rendering.
  • Submissions must be in by September 20, 2016.
  • Send your .jpg image to jsprague@cadimensions.com with the subject of 2017 Rendering Contest.
  • CADimensions, Inc. retains the right to use your rendered image and name at the Roll Out events and on social media.
  • Entries will be judged by CADimensions staff and a winner will be announced at the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Roll Out events!

Lastly, here are some tips from Uncle Jesse:

  1. The entire image does not need to be rendered. It is very common to render a product into a scene. If you have a location where your product will be, take a picture of the location and adjust the rendering so it appears to fit within the image. Use the image as a backplate in Visualize or a background image to the scene in SOLIDWORKS. Then adjust your camera to match the perspective. Use the grid (ctrl+G in preview mode) if you’re using Visualize to help you find the right perspective. Just be sure to attribute the image if it is not your own.
    Your rendered model should play a large role or be the main focus of the image.
    Check out our Tech Tip – Render Your Product into an Existing Image with SOLIDWORKS Visualize.
  2. Render at lower resolutions as you’re working through setting things up. Render region can speed up the process if your machine is dragging.
  3. If this is your first try at rendering, refraction and transparencies can be notoriously difficult to render. If you have something with simple reflections only, give that a try first! If you’re working with overlapping transparencies, check out our recommendations for PhotoView in our Tech Tip – Refraction Rays – The Cure for Black Transparency Renders.
  4. If this is your first time using Visualize, check out our getting started guide called Tech Tip – Get a Running Start with SOLIDWORKS Visualize.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!


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