Learn to Render with SolidWorks Visualize
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Learn to Render with SolidWorks Visualize

Render photo-realistic images of products or other 3d models quickly and easily with Visualize.
4.1 (16 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
67 students enrolled
Created by TMC DesignWorks
Last updated 11/2017
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Use Visualize to create incredible photo-realistic images of multiple types of 3D models.
  • Improve the quality and realism of your renderings.
  • Best practices and tips for using Visualize quickly and effectively.
  • No prior knowledge necessary.
  • Access to SolidWorks Visualize Standard or Professional.

Creating true photo-realistic renderings requires more than opening a software and clicking a few buttons with the default settings. While most rendering software packages on the market have dramatically improved the user experience there are still many techniques that will allow far superior renderings than the typical quick pass tutorial will give you. In this course we will cover how to create a quick renderings for getting immediate feedback for adjustments as well as creating true photo-realistic images, virtual reality outputs, panoramic images, and animations. 

Formerly known as Bunkspeed, SolidWorks Visualize is a stand alone product that can import many different 3D file formats to create renderings and animations. This course will cover both the Standard and Professional versions.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to create photo-renderings with SolidWorks Visualize
Course content
Expand all 23 lectures 01:34:20
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:36

Introduction to the course and a brief overview of the topics we will be covering. The resource files are available for download in Section 3 including the exercise files, example animations, and example renderings. 

Preview 01:36
+ Navigating the UI
3 lectures 11:37

In this section we are going to do a quick review of the SolidWorks Visualize user interface starting with the Home Screen.

Preview 02:13

Introduction to the Project user interface and the different tool bars available.

Project User Introduction

This lecture takes an in depth look at the project user interface, the tools available and how they are used in a typical workflow. 

Project UI
+ Starting a Project
2 lectures 09:38

In this video we will import a CAD file and review the settings available during the import process. The exercise files and examples are available for download here as well for the entire course. The exercisefiles.zip is the only one you will need for the course but the example zips are provided here as additional information if you would like to download them. 

Importing CAD Files

Now we can run our first rendering. This section will use the imported CAD file to quickly go through the process of applying appearances, environments, and creating the rendered output file. 

Running a Quick Render
+ Setting up the model
6 lectures 20:43

Using the configuration tools to create multiple configurations of the model and apply different appearances to each to create multiple renderings with a single output setup. 


In this video we will review using the manipulation tools as well as model tree to move, scale, and modify the model components. 

Manipulating the Model

How to create and edit part groupings to structure the model tree and make model updates to groups of components. 

Working with Groups

This video will cover applying appearances to the components to create the visual effects needed for the rendering. 

Adding Appearances to the Model

Decals can be used for applying labels, signs, or print to a product model. This section will cover importing the image file and applying the decal to the model as well as updating the settings for the decal.

Importing and Adding Decals

A quick overview of the textures inside the appearance file and how to edit them to change the visual presentation of the surface.

Bonus Section: Textures Overview
+ Setting up the Scene
3 lectures 09:11

Adding and changing environments and how they can change the visual appearance of the model.

Working with Environments

Using backplates to add a fixed background to a project and the different effect from backplates and environments. 

Adding Backplates

This video covers the different types of lights available in Visualize and how to edit the settings of each type. 

Lighting up the Rendering
+ Rendering the Project
4 lectures 19:49

How to setup and use multiple cameras and the different settings available. 

Setting up Cameras

Overview and examples of Panoramic (360) and Virtual Reality renderings.

Preview 01:32

How to setup the project and create a virtual reality rendering that users can view and manipulate in a web browser. 

Creating Virtual Reality Renderings

How to setup the project and create a panoramic rendering that users can view and manipulate in a web browser. 

Creating Panoramic Outputs
+ Animations
4 lectures 21:46

This is an example of a rendered and edited video using SolidWorks Visualize to create the rendered animation and then a video editing software to extend the still sections and add combine the projects.

Preview 01:01

Creating our first animation using the turntable and wine tray project.

Preview 04:54

How to setup and add animated lights to a project to create rendered movies like our promo video for the course. 

Animating Light Sources

Expanding on the light animation video in this section we will animate the camera to move during the animated rendering. 

Animating Cameras