FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What hardware is needed to run
It might be best to contact us for your specific situation. It all boils
down to the video card(s). Visualize is a 3D application so a basic
engineering computer is fine for running the app. We recommend Nvidia
cards Kepler and newer, the more CUDA cores, the better. When it comes to
rendering, it will utilize all available hardware, GPU or CPU, or
optionally both. Therefore, we suggest using a separate computer to
perform the rendering, that way your work computer isn’t tied up during
Will SOLIDWORKS Visualize create
Visualize will export GLTF which is a standard format for AR/VR. It will
also create 360-degree videos with preset camera tracks. Think of it like
you're riding on a rollercoaster – you must stay on the tracks, but you
can look around while the video is playing. Visualize also publishes HTML
website content so you can rotate your product in photorealistic quality.
Is SOLIDWORKS required? If so, does
it take up a SOLIDWORKS license?
No to both. SOLIDWORKS is not required. Visualize installs outside of
SOLIDWORKS and uses a separate license to operate. Visualize will work
with nearly any 3D model but can pull visual attributes directly from
Does Visualize come with materials
and environments to use?
Absolutely. Several will install with the application and a library opens
when you start using the application via the cloud library. No login is
required, you just press the button to use the cloud library and the
assets download as needed when used. Visualize is also compatible with the
full Nvidia material library, which adds hundreds of additional materials.
Is there an update link between
SOLIDWORKS and Visualize?
Yes. On import there is an option to link back to SOLDWORKS so when a
design change is made, the Visualize project will update. There is no link
back to SOLIDWORKS, however. This is intentional so that design changes
cannot be made in Visualize; it is a one-way street.
Is it possible to setup a network
renderer or a render farm?
Yes. With every license of Visualize Pro you also get what is called
Visualize Boost which is installed on a network computer and creates a
connection with any other computers on the network running Visualize Pro
so all render jobs can be outsourced. Boost servers can also be network
linked together to create a cluster. Think of it as all the servers
working as one, similar to cloud computing.
Is Visualize better than
SOLIDWORKS Visualize does utilize newer, more accurate rendering
technologies and therefor will render much more realistic imagery, but it
really depends on your needs for which one is better. PhotoView360 works
within SOLIDWORKS and doesn’t require the user to leave the software. That
is also a double-edged sword because that requires the person to know how
to use SOLIDWORKS. Visualize has a more simplified interface and workflow
running outside of SOLIDWORKS. PhotoView360 is intended for quick product
stills, while Visualize is intended for more professional renderings,
animations, and interactive content.