Luxology Ships modo for SolidWorks Kit

New Kit Allows Users to Tap the Visualization Power of modo 501 for the Production of High-quality Presentations and Animations

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - April 19, 2011 - For years, SolidWorks® users have been achieving stunning photorealistic images of their designs by leveraging the PhotoView 360 application, built with Luxology® rendering technology. Today, Luxology is excited to announce a new tool that facilitates the use of the company's award-winning modo® software for advanced visualization by SolidWorks users. The new modo for SolidWorks Kit simplifies the importation of SolidWorks models into modo while maintaining user interface conventions familiar to SolidWorks users.

The modo for SolidWorks Kit expands modo's native functionality with additional options for efficiently importing parts and assemblies while providing flexibility on how the model is organized for visualization purposes. Inside modo, users are presented with a familiar SolidWorks-style layout and navigation controls, along with drag and drop support for changing materials and selecting lighting environments.

A complete list of the new features in the modo for SolidWorks Kit is as follows: 

  • Enhanced SolidWorks Import: allows additional import options for bringing SolidWorks parts, bodies and assemblies into modo. Benefits include reduced memory usage for large files and the ability to use instances for ease of editing and reduced overhead.


  • PhotoView 360 Compatibility: models open in modo with the same appearance and decal information as seen in SolidWorks


  • Familiar Navigation for SolidWorks Users: user interface and navigation is similar to SolidWorks and PhotoView 360 so users have a comfortable and consistent set of controls


  • Efficient Tools for Selecting and Reorganizing Imported Models: help users with the complex task of re-organizing model data so that it is easier to apply materials. Imported data can be selected by appearance, part, body or face and new layers can be created in modo to highlight specific parts of the design.


  • Library of Additional Materials: 350 material presets (PAD presets) beyond those included with modo let Kit users mimic real world surfaces like leather, carpet, tinted glass and mesh grills – or even “x-ray” materials that reveal interior portions of the designs


  • Studio Environment Set 1 Kit: set of 51 HDRI spherical images complete with ground planes for easily obtaining professional-quality studio lighting for product shots and engineering visualizations

  • Training Videos: prepared by experts in both SolidWorks and modo, these videos guide users in the SolidWorks-specific user interface, CAD tools, workflow and rendering creation


“The modo for SolidWorks Kit is an outstanding addition to my workflow. I use the importer every day in my work and it has totally streamlined the import process,” said Paul McCrorey, owner of McCrorey Digital, LLC. “With the modo for Solidworks Kit, the models imported into modo are logically arranged and maintain the same part, body, assembly structure, material assignments and decals that were created in SolidWorks. All of this will help those new to modo to quickly get up to speed and easily leverage modo’s amazing rendering and animation tools.”

A webinar detailing the highly-anticipated modo for SolidWorks Kit and conducted by SolidWorks expert and Luxology Registered Trainer Paul McCrorey, will be held on April 28, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT.  For more information and to register, please visit:   


Pricing and Availability

The modo for SolidWorks Kit is available immediately for the price of USD $299. The Kit is available for the Windows version of modo 501 and is compatible with sldprt, sldasm files from SolidWorks (2009, 2010 and 2011). To learn more about modo 501, please visit Luxology’s website at

About Luxology

 Based in Mountain View, Calif., Luxology® LLC, a registered SolidWorks Solution Partner, is an independent technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software that enhances productivity via designer-friendly tools powered by a modern underlying architecture called Nexus®. Founded in 2002 by Allen Hastings, Stuart Ferguson and Brad Peebler, Luxology is home to some of the top 3D engineering expertise in the industry. More information on the company, its licensable Nexus technology, its flagship product modo® and a gallery of product visualizations from the active modo community is available online at

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