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Using SOLIDWORKS Visualize Add-in

The SOLIDWORKS Visualize add-in, which is available in all versions of SOLIDWORKS, lets you export SOLIDWORKS features and import them directly to SOLIDWORKS Visualize.

You can export the following SOLIDWORKS features:
  • Geometry
  • Appearances
  • HDR lighting
  • Decals

With SOLIDWORKS Professional, you can also export Motion Studies.

Animation export is limited to rigid body animations, camera animations and appearance animations.

To enable the add-in in SOLIDWORKS, click Tools > Add-ins. Then in the Add-Ins dialog box, select SOLIDWORKS Visualize.

The following commands are available in the add-in menu:

  • Export Simple saves a copy of your active model and loads it into SOLIDWORKS Visualize using Appearance mode part grouping.
  • Export Advanced saves a copy of your active model and loads it into SOLIDWORKS Visualize with Automatic mode part grouping and Monitor File enabled. It also allows you to upload motion studies if you have Visualize Professional.
  • Update exports the latest version of your active model and triggers an update in Visualize. This button is grayed out until you click Export Advanced for the first time.
  • Save Advanced saves a copy of the model and motion studies to a location you specify, so you can later import the model into SOLIDWORKS Visualize.

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