Easy-to-use PhotoWorks release 2 photorealistic rendering tool gives engineers studio-quality images at a fraction of the cost of other premium tools
CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 24, 2003-- SolidWorks Corporation today announced a new version of PhotoWorks(TM) that gives engineers high-end photorealistic rendering results comparable to those found in specialized rendering tools costing many times more. PhotoWorks release 2 is an effective sales, marketing, and design communication tool because it allows engineers to easily transform three-dimensional (3D) product designs into images that non-engineers can understand.
Designers and engineers can use PhotoWorks release 2 to create
compelling, near photo-quality images of a finished product design.
The software gives users more control over key computer-aided design
(CAD) features such as light, shadow, material, and definition than
previous versions. For example, a designer can use PhotoWorks release
2 to create an extremely realistic image of a chrome-plated toaster in
a life-like kitchen with accurate lighting, shadows, and reflections
off the toaster's sides.
"PhotoWorks release 2 allows us to effectively communicate design
information to people with no design or engineering experience. That's
important because we often need to create an image of what a product
will look like so our client can start selling it before the design
process is even complete," said Ed Eaton, senior industrial designer
at product design and development firm DiMonte Group. "This latest
version of PhotoWorks gives us the power to create an image that is
comparable to any photo we could take without having to invest the
time to finalize the solid model or produce a hard prototype. We have
gained a competitive advantage because everyone we work with will be
evaluating the finished product on its true merits, instead of basing
important decisions on lower quality - and potentially misleading -
PhotoWorks release 2 contains three key enhancements that give
users more control over images:
|--||Indirect illumination -- engineers can now introduce more accurate light effects into their designs, ensuring that light reflects properly off different geometry and scene backgrounds and illuminates areas previously left in the dark;|
|--||Contour rendering -- engineers who want to show how a part fits in a larger assembly can hide exterior features to reveal the part inside. For example, an engineer who wants to demonstrate how a new gear box fits in a powertrain design can now hide the outside engine parts, yet retain the boundary contours and highlight only the gear box so viewers can see how its features fit in with the rest of the design;|
|--||Environmental mapping -- engineers can now place their products in any environment, such as a toaster in a kitchen, a car outside under a cloudy sky, or a packaging machine in a factory. This feature adds more realism to the product image.|
PhotoWorks release 2 is based on Mental Images(R) mental ray(R)
software, used in digital film studios (for such recent films as Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Matrix, and Spider-Man),
videogame manufacturers, scientific laboratories, and other industries
that require high-quality images.
"Designers not only need to create high-quality solid models, but
they also need to convey a new product's appearance and function to
non-engineers," said Chris Garcia, SolidWorks vice president of
research and development. "Using PhotoWorks release 2, designers can
easily create near photo-quality images that viewers can understand.
While solid models convey how a product was built, PhotoWorks
photorealistic images show what it looks like finished. Giving all
engineers the design tools they need to do their jobs better is why
SolidWorks(R) software is the standard for 3D CAD."
PhotoWorks release 2 will be available in Q1 as part of the
SolidWorks Office and SolidWorks Office Professional suites of 3D
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software
for mechanical design, analysis and product data management. Founded
in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for
everyone in product development and foster a collaborative user
community. In seven years of delivering product, SolidWorks has
shipped more than 230,000 total seats of software worldwide.
SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and
supports its products through a worldwide reseller network. For the
latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the
company's Web site (
www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000
(outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).
SolidWorks is a registered trademark and PhotoWorks is a trademark
of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are
trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2003 SolidWorks
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