SOLIDWORKS Visualize & HDR Light Studio

Creating professional, photo-quality images, animations, and other interactive 3D content quickly and easily to get your products to market fast.

The Best way to build a stronger story with photo-realistic images with just your CAD data

Leverage your 3D CAD data in the fastest and easiest way to create photo-quality content – from images to animations, interactive web content, and immersive virtual reality.

Bring life into your products with SOLIDWORKS Visualize

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional lets you tell a deeper story with your CAD data by creating images of photo-quality, interactive animations, 360-degree flips, immersive Virtual Reality (VR), and more. Easily communicate the most complex design information and bring the rivals onto the market. Buy Now

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard ​

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is the fastest and easiest way to create photo-quality images to take “photos” of 3D files, cut costs and accelerate time-to-market with compelling imagery. Purchase Now

Standard

Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Accelerated Rendering

Professional

Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Accelerated Rendering

SOLIDWORKS Visualize is hardware-agnostic and can leverage one or more GPUs in a single machine or over a network, which dramatically increases performance over CPU hardware rendering.

The use of the NVIDIA ® graphics card(s) for rendering is much quicker than the rival CPU technology and helps to speed up your daily workflow and produce more material.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize works faster on all devices, including laptops at the entry-level (using new Quick Render mode).

SOLIDWORKS Visualize can also exploit the new NVIDIA GPU technology, such as the NVIDIA Quadro ® VCA, for linear increases in rendering rates, resulting in a more efficient and productive 3D viewing experience.

Hybrid Render Mode

Hybrid Render Mode

In addition to using one or more GPUs or CPUs, SOLIDWORKS Visualize can simultaneously utilize both GPU and CPU (hybrid mode) on a single machine or over a network, which dramatically increases the rendering efficiency. This rendering mode allows machines at the entry level to have improved performance in order to produce content more quickly.

Physically-Based Raytracing

Physically-Based Raytracing

Using the Iray ® rendering engine from NVIDIA inside of SOLIDWORKS Visualize, you see a precise and physically correct representation of your CAD model, as if you had produced it physically.

Both lighting, materials and shape come together in a realistic way without compromising visual quality and without taking shortcuts to increase the speed of rendering.

Physically based raytracing is more than just beautiful pictures — it's essential digital precision that reveals what the real world will look like in your design.

Intuitive User Interface

Intuitive User Interface

SOLIDWORKS Visualize lets you work as you would in a photo studio, easily "taking pictures" of your CAD data by moving the camera around your project.

The Visualize User Interface (UI) SOLIDWORKS, with integrated Viewport and lack of complex node-based materials, is designed for users who have no time to learn a complex new tool. The SOLIDWORKS Visualize UI in Easy Mode can be further condensed to just five buttons at the bottom of the screen. This mode is intended for users who do not have a 3D experience and simply require a basic visualization tool. Enjoy the new Palette sub-tabs, simplify the Import and Render windows and more. You can now choose between a dark theme and a light theme too.

CAD and Graphic File Support

CAD and Graphic File Support

SOLIDWORKS Visualize imports of more than 25 different types of CAD files including popular generic formats including IGES, STEP, and OBJ. SOLIDWORKS Visualize the JPG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, HDR, and PSD outputs.

CAD Live-Update

CAD Live-Update

Simply save over the current file as the template develops and Visualize will only update certain sections that have changed. Visualize will even remember if you changed the color in the newly updated part, and keep that change. If the name changes, or the location moves, you can always re-link the file.

Surface/Part Splitter

Surface/Part Splitter

The convenient integrated Part Splitter separates sections, textures, and faces. Separate geometry conveniently for the application of a different material or texture. To make the shift no need to go back to your CAD kit.

Interactive Depth of Field

Interactive Depth of Field

Add that extra touch of photorealism to your Depth of Field Visualization content. This feature allows you to pick the focal point interactively by simply clicking on your image, then changing the amount of blur you like. Also physical camera settings such as F-Stop and Aperture can be input.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Denoiser

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Denoiser

Uses Artificial Intelligence to decode and delete noise from your Visualize renders using a single checkbox, improving the rendering speed by 10x on average!

Advanced Material Support with NVIDIA MDL and PBR

Advanced Material Support with NVIDIA MDL and PBR

Reuse your current measured materials database directly inside Visualize, by scanning and importing real-world materials via MDL or PBR Appearance Forms. Explore materials and textures online libraries and replicate them quickly using these new industry-standard Appearance Forms in Visualise.

Decals (Interactive Stickers)

Decals (Interactive Stickers)

Easily place logos, graphics and more to use Decals with simplicity and intuition. SOLIDWORKS CAD supports all forms of Decal Mapping, and you can now choose from several mapping modes directly inside Visualize, giving you even more flexibility and power.

Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Save time by creating your own custom keyboard shortcuts to suit your own preferences, then export your list to another machine for loading. You can even opt for one-key shortcuts! Makes use of Visualize even more quickly.

Automatic Data Recovery

Automatic Data Recovery

If your session ends unexpectedly, the next time you start a session, you can recover the automatically saved data. To save auto-recovery data you can specify the frequency and folder.

XR Exporter for AR/VR experiences

XR Exporter for AR/VR experiences

Export your Visualize designs securely into a new file format (.glb & .glTF) for use in immersive downstream applications in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

Support for high-resolution displays (4K monitors and beyond)

Support for high-resolution displays (4K monitors and beyond)

Scales of the interactive user interface to support high resolution displays.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Integration

SOLIDWORKS PDM Integration

Use the integrated SOLIDWORKS PDM menu to access vault commands and view Visualize file information when the file is open in SOLIDWORKS Visualize. SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional needs to be installed.

Import SOLIDWORKS Animations and Motion Studies

Import SOLIDWORKS Animations and Motion Studies

In SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional, use the new Visualize add-in to SOLIDWORKS CAD to easily bring your existing animations and motion studies to life. CAD Live-Update also works with these animations so they will be updated in Visualize as your movements and keyframes change in SOLIDWORKS CAD.

Full Animation Suite

Full Animation Suite

Use the complete Animation suite in SOLIDWORKS Visualise Professional to tell a deeper story with your CAD results. Animate exploded views, part distortion, cameras and much more with ease to create videos of photo-quality to illustrate even the most complex of projects.

Animation Ribbon

Animation Ribbon

This unique feature provides a 3D representation of how your camera or parts move throughout your scene while an animation is being set up.

The Animation Ribbon is coded to display the speed of moving objects, and displays the actual keyframes, making it easy to edit complex animations.

Visualize Boost Support

Visualize Boost Support

Creating incredible Visualize content faster than ever. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost is a new product add-on to SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional which increases rendering speeds and productivity of content instantly. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost is similar to a printer queue in your office, allowing SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional users to submit jobs to other devices, freeing up your computer to continue using Visualize, CAD, or other challenging applications.

PowerBoost Real-time Network Rendering

PowerBoost Real-time Network Rendering

A new rendering mode in Visualize Professional, PowerBoost lets you connect NVIDIA VCA(s) or any other GPU / CPU rendering farm directly to your Visualize Viewport to stream the raytracing. PowerBoost gives you more hardware to directly access loads than can fit into your local machine, producing extremely fast rendering speeds while working on your project.

Browser-based Interactive Image and Panoramic Outputs

Browser-based Interactive Image and Panoramic Outputs

With these two eye-catching outputs, you easily create interactive web content to drop into your website or spice up your internal presentations. Make your CAD files come to life with your target audience and create an emotional connection. The Interactive Image stitches together the desired number of still images to create an interactive experience to tumble over your model. Panoramic outputs bring you to 360 interactive experiences within your CAD data

Customizable Photographic Camera Filters

Customizable Photographic Camera Filters

Act like a professional photographer and add a few "pops" to your content on Visualize. No need to use post-production software to change lighting, brightness, color balance, contrast, and other settings commonly used. Inside Visualize Professional all of this can be done directly. Such video filters can also be animated!

Integrated Render Queue

Integrated Render Queue

With the integrated Render Queue, you quickly increase productivity by stacking multiple jobs and making them complete while you're away. Never wait to finish a render again.

Configurations

Configurations

Using Configurations, product combinations, and other design choices. Using Visualize and make important design and engineering choices in real time by scrolling through your Configurations.

New Area Lights and Light Placement

New Area Lights and Light Placement

Build complex interior scenes more quickly than ever before using new Area Lights, which are also enabled in Quick mode. Such Area Lights create perfect picture shadows and build up to 8x faster than using standard lights and Accurate mode. This new update also comes with an even easier way to place your lights interactively. Don't struggle to set up lights manually in your scene anymore; now just one click places the light exactly where you want it — allowing you to dial the perfect shot in.

Create VR Content

Create VR Content

Take advantage of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional's photo-realism to explore / review stunning 1:1 scale realistic images and animations. Easily set up your camera to look around, and press the Visualize button to create amazing VR content with 360 stereo images and even animations in VR! Support for any VR device, including HTC ® Vive ®, Oculus RiftTM, Google ® Daydream, Samsung ® Gear VR and Google CardboardTM.

Integrated Physics Engine

Integrated Physics Engine

Activate Physics with just a few quick clicks and watch the objects collide and crash, just as they would in real life. Use the Earthquake tool to randomize or jitter the selected elements once Physics has been setup. It helps add a natural touch to stacked plates, or plinths in a cup, without having to move each individually/manually, saving time setting tons of scene.

Vehicle Driving Simulator

Vehicle Driving Simulator

Create beautiful, photo-quality driving images and animations with accurate real-time physics of your vehicle that don't even exist. The new system of Physics supports driving a car alongside a predefined path as well as steering via the keyboard or a connected game controller. Change many settings for car driving, such as suspension, wheel friction, ride height and many others, all measured in real time. Then record the driving vehicle for lifelike driving footage with a single click.

Video Decals

Video Decals

Directly import videos or image sequences into Visualize, generating colorful product animations with LED screens (i.e.: tablet, car navigation screen, airline headset). Spice up your animations with a video sequence running on the screen as the camera pans through your product or throughout an exploded animation.

IES Light Profiles

IES Light Profiles

Support industry-standard IES Light Profiles to define the exact light pattern from a light source on a wall.

Standard Vs. Professional

Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Accelerated Rendering Standard

Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Accelerated Rendering Professional

SOLIDWORKS Visualize is hardware-agnostic and can leverage one or more GPUs in a single machine or over a network, which dramatically increases performance over CPU hardware rendering.

The use of the NVIDIA ® graphics card(s) for rendering is much quicker than the rival CPU technology and helps to speed up your daily workflow and produce more material.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize works faster on all devices, including laptops at the entry-level (using new Quick Render mode).

SOLIDWORKS Visualize can also exploit the new NVIDIA GPU technology, such as the NVIDIA Quadro ® VCA, for linear increases in rendering rates, resulting in a more efficient and productive 3D viewing experience.

Hybrid Render Mode Standard

Hybrid Render Mode Professional

In addition to using one or more GPUs or CPUs, SOLIDWORKS Visualize can simultaneously utilize both GPU and CPU (hybrid mode) on a single machine or over a network, which dramatically increases the rendering efficiency. This rendering mode allows machines at the entry level to have improved performance in order to produce content more quickly.

Physically-Based Raytracing Standard

Physically-Based Raytracing Professional

Using the Iray ® rendering engine from NVIDIA inside of SOLIDWORKS Visualize, you see a precise and physically correct representation of your CAD model, as if you had produced it physically.

Both lighting, materials and shape come together in a realistic way without compromising visual quality and without taking shortcuts to increase the speed of rendering.

Physically based raytracing is more than just beautiful pictures — it's essential digital precision that reveals what the real world will look like in your design.

Intuitive User Interface Standard

User Interface Professional

SOLIDWORKS Visualize lets you work as you would in a photo studio, easily "taking pictures" of your CAD data by moving the camera around your project.

The Visualize User Interface (UI) SOLIDWORKS, with integrated Viewport and lack of complex node-based materials, is designed for users who have no time to learn a complex new tool. The SOLIDWORKS Visualize UI in Easy Mode can be further condensed to just five buttons at the bottom of the screen. This mode is intended for users who do not have a 3D experience and simply require a basic visualization tool. Enjoy the new Palette sub-tabs, simplify the Import and Render windows and more. You can now choose between a dark theme and a light theme too.

CAD and Graphic File Support Standard

CAD and Graphic File Support Professional

SOLIDWORKS Visualize imports of more than 25 different types of CAD files including popular generic formats including IGES, STEP, and OBJ. SOLIDWORKS Visualize the JPG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, HDR, and PSD outputs.

CAD Live-Update Standard

CAD Live-Update Professional

Worked already on your Visualize file and need to add any modifications to the design? Simply save over the current file as the template develops and Visualize will only update certain sections that have changed. Visualize will even remember if you changed the color in the newly updated part, and keep that change. If the name changes, or the location moves, you can always re-link the file.

Surface/Part Splitter Standard

Surface/Part Splitter Professional

The convenient integrated Part Splitter separates sections, textures, and faces. Separate geometry conveniently for the application of a different material or texture. To make the shift no need to go back to your CAD kit.

Interactive Depth of Field Standard

Interactive Depth of Field Professional

Add that extra touch of photorealism to your Depth of Field Visualization content. This feature allows you to pick the focal point interactively by simply clicking on your image, then changing the amount of blur you like. Also physical camera settings such as F-Stop and Aperture can be input.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Denoiser Standard

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Denoiser Professional

Uses Artificial Intelligence to decode and delete noise from your Visualize renders using a single checkbox, improving the rendering speed by 10x on average!

Advanced Material Support with NVIDIA MDL and PBR Standard

Advanced Material Support with NVIDIA MDL and PBR Professional

Reuse your current measured materials database directly inside Visualize, by scanning and importing real-world materials via MDL or PBR Appearance Forms. Explore materials and textures online libraries and replicate them quickly using these new industry-standard Appearance Forms in Visualise.

Decals (Interactive Stickers) Standard

Decals (Interactive Stickers) Professional

Easily place logos, graphics and more to use Decals with simplicity and intuition. SOLIDWORKS CAD supports all forms of Decal Mapping, and you can now choose from several mapping modes directly inside Visualize, giving you even more flexibility and power.

Custom Keyboard Shortcuts Standard

Custom Keyboard Shortcuts Professional

Save time by creating your own custom keyboard shortcuts to suit your own preferences, then export your list to another machine for loading. You can even opt for one-key shortcuts! Makes use of Visualize even more quickly.

Automatic Data Recovery Standard

Automatic Data Recovery Professional

If your session ends unexpectedly, the next time you start a session, you can recover the automatically saved data. To save auto-recovery data you can specify the frequency and folder.

XR Exporter for AR/VR experiences Standard

XR Exporter for AR/VR experiences Professional

Export your Visualize designs securely into a new file format (.glb & .glTF) for use in immersive downstream applications in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

Support for high-resolution displays (4K monitors and beyond) Standard

Support for high-resolution displays (4K monitors and beyond) Professional

Scales of the interactive user interface to support high resolution displays.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Integration Standard

SOLIDWORKS PDM Integration Professional

Use the integrated SOLIDWORKS PDM menu to access vault commands and view Visualize file information when the file is open in SOLIDWORKS Visualize. SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional needs to be installed.

Import SOLIDWORKS Animations and Motion Studies Standard

Import SOLIDWORKS Animations and Motion Studies Professional

In SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional, use the new Visualize add-in to SOLIDWORKS CAD to easily bring your existing animations and motion studies to life. CAD Live-Update also works with these animations so they will be updated in Visualize as your movements and keyframes change in SOLIDWORKS CAD.

Full Animation Suite Standard

Full Animation Suite Professional

Use the complete Animation suite in SOLIDWORKS Visualise Professional to tell a deeper story with your CAD results. Animate exploded views, part distortion, cameras and much more with ease to create videos of photo-quality to illustrate even the most complex of projects.

Animation Ribbon Standard

Animation Ribbon Professional

This unique feature provides a 3D representation of how your camera or parts move throughout your scene while an animation is being set up.

The Animation Ribbon is coded to display the speed of moving objects, and displays the actual keyframes, making it easy to edit complex animations.

Visualize Boost Support Standard

Visualize Boost Support Professional

Creating incredible Visualize content faster than ever. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost is a new product add-on to SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional which increases rendering speeds and productivity of content instantly. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost is similar to a printer queue in your office, allowing SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional users to submit jobs to other devices, freeing up your computer to continue using Visualize, CAD, or other challenging applications.

PowerBoost Real-time Network Rendering Standard

PowerBoost Real-time Network Rendering Professional

A new rendering mode in Visualize Professional, PowerBoost lets you connect NVIDIA VCA(s) or any other GPU / CPU rendering farm directly to your Visualize Viewport to stream the raytracing. PowerBoost gives you more hardware to directly access loads than can fit into your local machine, producing extremely fast rendering speeds while working on your project.

Browser-based Interactive Image and Panoramic Outputs Standard

Browser-based Interactive Image and Panoramic Outputs Professional

With these two eye-catching outputs, you easily create interactive web content to drop into your website or spice up your inner presentations. Make your CAD files come to life with your target audience and create an emotional connection. The Interactive Image stitches together the desired number of still images to create an interactive experience to tumble over your model. Panoramic outputs bring you to 360 interactive experiences within your CAD data

Customizable Photographic Camera Filters Standard

Customizable Photographic Camera Filters Professional

Act like a professional photographer and add a few "pop" to your content on Visualize. No need to use post-production software to change lighting, brightness, color balance, contrast, and other settings commonly used. Inside Visualize Professional all of this can be done directly. Such video filters can also be animated!

Integrated Render Queue Standard

Integrated Render Queue Professional

With the integrated Render Queue, you quickly increase productivity by stacking multiple jobs and making them complete while you're away. Never wait to finish a render again.

Configurations Standard

Configurations Professional

Using Configurations, easily create colourways, product combinations, and other design choices. Using Visualize and make important design and engineering choices in real time by scrolling through your Configurations. You can even make all Settings in a single click.

New Area Lights and Light Placement Standard

New Area Lights and Light Placement Professional

Build complex interior scenes more quickly than ever before using new Area Lights, which are also enabled in Quick mode. Such Area Lights create perfect picture shadows and build up to 8x faster than using standard lights and Accurate mode. This new update also comes with an even easier way to place your lights interactively. Don't struggle to set up lights manually in your scene anymore; now just one click places the light exactly where you want it — allowing you to dial the perfect shot in.

Create VR Content Standard

Create VR Content Professional

Take advantage of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional's photo-realism to explore / review stunning 1:1 scale realistic images and animations. Easily set up your camera to look around, and press the Visualize button to create amazing VR content with 360 stereo images and even animations in VR! Support for any VR device, including HTC ® Vive ®, Oculus RiftTM, Google ® Daydream, Samsung ® Gear VR and Google CardboardTM.

Integrated Physics Engine Standard

Integrated Physics Engine Professional

Activate Physics with just a few quick clicks and watch the objects collide and crash, just as they would in real life. Use the Earthquake tool to randomize or jitter the selected elements once Physics has been setup. It helps add a natural touch to stacked plates, or plinths in a cup, without having to move each individually manually, saving time setting tons of scene.

Vehicle Driving Simulator Standard

Vehicle Driving Simulator Professional

Create beautiful, photo-quality driving images and animations with accurate real-time physics of your vehicle that don't even exist. The new system of Physics supports driving a car alongside a predefined path as well as steering via the keyboard or a connected game controller. Change many settings for car driving, such as suspension, wheel friction, ride height and many others, all measured in real time. Then record the driving vehicle for lifelike driving footage with a single click.

Video Decals Standard

Video Decals Professional

Directly import videos or image sequences into Visualize, generating colorful product animations with LED screens (i.e.: tablet, car navigation screen, airline headset). Spice up your animations with a video sequence running on the screen as the camera pannes through your product or throughout an exploded animation.

IES Light Profiles Standard

IES Light Profiles Professional

Support industry-standard IES Light Profiles to define the exact light pattern from a light source on a wall.

HDR Light Studio

More options, choices and tools to suit your design needs and preferences.

HDR Light Studio is best known for creating a wide variety of custom lights in a studio-like environment. To produce a wide variety of lighting effects, the procedural lights can be precisely positioned and controlled. Alpha controls allow for additional transparency control of the appearance of the lights through a gradient or image.

How does SOLIDWORKS Visualise work with HDR Light Studio?

Getting started is simple. You will be ready to start lighting as soon as a material has been applied to the material. 

    1. Start HDR Light Studio from the SOLIDWORKS Visualize environment
    2. Load an existing HDRI map to edit, or start with a blank canvas
    3. Add a new lights in HDR Light Studio
    4. Click on the 3D model in SOLIDWORKS Visualize to position lights
    5. To finish, HDR Light Studio generates a high-res HDRI map for the SOLIDWORKS Visualize environment
    6. The SOLIDWORKS Visualize scene is now ready for final rendering

Light Sources: Procedural

HDR Light Studio is best known for studio lighting – particularly suited for reflective materials. To produce a wide variety of lighting effects, the procedural lights can be precisely controlled and positioned.

Light Sources: Images

For the most realistic effects on lighting – load HDR images in HDR Light Studio as light sources. Image-based light sources, with subtle details and imperfections seen in reflections, bring high levels of realism.

Light Sources Library

HDR Light Studio includes a library of over 200 high-quality HDR softbox photographs, spot lights, windows and even clouds.

Render View & LightPaint

The Render View is a key feature of the Lighting system of HDR Light Studio. Lights are placed by clicking on the Render View and dragging it-we call this proprietary LightPaint operation.

HDR Area Lights

HDR Area Lights are compatible with 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, MODO, VRED, Houdini and Octane Render Standalone Connections.

HDR Area Lights are compatible with all the leading visualization software. 

1. 3ds Max
2. Maya
3. Cinema 4D
4. MODO
5. 3ds Max
6. Maya
7. Cinema 4D
8. MODO

Handles Huge Scenes

Even with huge scenes the Render View and LightPaint maintain incredibly fast render times.

Not Just Lighting

The HDR Canvas is a HDR and LDR content composer that supports a variety of image formats, mappings, and blend modes. Lights do not restrict themselves to reflecting sources of illumination. A light may be a context loaded HDRI screen, or an additional cloud added to the sky. When combined with blend modes the procedural light sources are very useful. Allowing precise local color and brightness changes on the HDRI map-shaping the effect of lighting.

Combine Your Images

Load more than one HDRI map into HDR Light Studio, and use the alpha ramp to blend. To take control of color and create a better match, use saturation adjustments and color filtering, using blend modes. So you can get more out of your existing collection of HDRIs.

Portable Lighting

The ultimate portable lighting format for HDRI maps. They can be used with different renderers and yield predictable, precise results. Especially with rendering based on physique. When the new Area Lights feature was introduced we ensured that these lights were also portable. For example, for Arnold Render, you can create a lighting design in Maya (using an HDRI map with Area Lights), and then switch renderers to V-Ray, the Area Lights will be reconstructed using V-Ray lights. You can also light a shot with Arnold in Cinema 4D, and use Maxwell Render to load the same lighting design into Maya to get the exact same light.

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