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Mastering SolidWorks®: The Design Approach, Second Edition by Ibrahim Zeid

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Chapter 7. Rendering and Animation

7.1 Introduction

Visualization has long been recognized as an effective tool of communication, and more so for engineering. CAD/CAM software offers very rich menus for visualization, including 3D views, hidden line removal, wireframe, and shaded views. Click the Display Style icon of the Heads-up View toolbar at the top of the graphics pane on the screen to experience these styles. Engineering visualization tools include rendering, photo realism, and prototyping. We cover rendering in this chapter and prototyping later in the book. Rendered photos are used both for sales and marketing (sales brochures) and for conveying design ideas to teams.

Rendering generates realistic images, almost like photographic scenes ...

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