MODO for SolidWorks Kit
Kit for MODO 701, 601 & 501 (Windows Platform Only)
The MODO for SolidWorks Kit is for design and engineering visualization professionals wanting to import SolidWorks parts, bodies and assemblies into MODO. In MODO, you can select imported the data by appearance, part, body or face and create new layers in MODO to apply materials to specific parts of your design. The Kit also provides provides user interface and navigation controls similar to SolidWorks and PhotoView 360.
How does the MODO for SolidWorks Kit fit in the CAD workflow pipeline?
The chart below shows how MODO for SolidWorks Kit allows you to import .sldprt and .sldasm files from SolidWorks directly into MODO.
“The training videos for the new MODO SolidWorks kit are very informative. They give a good overview of MODO and the SolidWorks kit. I feel pretty comfortable giving MODO and the SolidWorks kit a whirl after viewing the videos. The workflow is logical to a SolidWorks user. The kit is extremely helpful with that. Default MODO can be a bit overwhelming to an average SolidWorks user. Think you guys have a hit on your hands.”
– Anna Woods
The MODO for SolidWorks Kit facilitates the use of SolidWorks® models inside of MODO; one of the most powerful 3D visualization software tools available. As you load SolidWorks parts, bodies and assemblies into MODO, their original appearances and decals are retained. The Kit provides options for efficiently importing your data, providing access to MODO data structures that conserve memory and leverage instanced geometry across the scene. Inside MODO, you are presented with a familiar SolidWorks-style layout and navigation controls, along with drag and drop support for changing materials and selecting lighting environments.
MODO provides new levels of control over every aspect of how your model is visualized. New materials can be created or modified and then saved for re-use. Every lighting detail is adjustable, and every camera parameter can be tweaked. A full UV editor is present to adjust how textures are applied across surfaces and there is a full complement of mesh-editing tools to adjust your models or build new ones. You can add props (or people) around your design to provide context or place your design on an image background and cast shadows from your design on the background. MODO’s animation system can be utilized to show how your design is assembled and how it operates. Final rendering can utilize up to 32 processors on your workstation and network rendering on up to 50 workstations is supported. As you render in MODO, you can create separate render outputs for maximum downstream flexibility in creating your final presentation.
Purchase the MODO for SolidWorks Kit
MODO for SolidWorks Kit
Loads SolidWorks 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 sldprt, sldasm model files into MODO. (SolidWorks Windows 32-bit and 64-bit supported)
- MODO 701, 601 or 501 (SP2 or later)
(Windows version only)
MODO for SolidWorks Kit provides:
Enhanced SolidWorks import
The MODO for SolidWorks Kit provides 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
Your model opens in MODO with the same appearance and decal information as shown in SolidWorks.
Familiar navigation for SolidWorks users
The Kit provides user interface and navigation similar to SolidWorks and PhotoView 360 so you have a comfortable and consistent set of controls to work with as you leverage the advanced capabilities of MODO.
Efficient Tools for Selecting and Reorganizing Imported Models:
The Kit provides tools for the often complex task of re-organizing your model data so that it is easier to apply materials. You can select imported data by appearance, part, body or face and create new layers in MODO to highlight specific parts of your design.
Studio lighting environments let you quickly light your models:
The MODO for SolidWorks Kit includes the Studio Environments Set 1 Kit at no extra charge. This provides a 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 get you up to speed fast
Training videos prepared by experts in both SolidWorks and MODO guide you in the use of Kit, including the SolidWorks-specific user interface, CAD tools, workflow and rendering creation.
Note: You need not have SolidWorks available on your system or network to use the MODO for SolidWorks Kit. The MODO for SolidWorks Kit is for use with the Windows versions of MODO only (Macintosh is not supported).
Features of the MODO for SolidsWorks Kit
- Loads SolidWorks 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 model sldprt, sldasm (Windows 32-bit and 64-bit)
- Reads material edits from files saved in PhotoView 360 (2010) including appearances and decals
- SolidWorks viewport navigation style (zoom, pan, rotate)
- PhotoView 360 component selection modes (Part, Body, Face, Appearance)
- Drag/Drop Material and Drag/Drop Environment preset application
- PhotoView 360 style render quality presets
- Convert Bodies to Meshes and/or Static meshes
- Convert Parts to Meshes and/or Static meshes
- Select Connected by Face/Part/Body/Appearance (select a polygon and then choose the command to select all polygons tagged with the same data)
- New Mesh from Selection (Performs Select Connected, and then places them into a new mesh item with option to rename new layer
- New Mesh from Face/Part/Body/Appearance (User sets mode, selects a polygon and runs the command to create new mesh with option to rename new layer)
- Includes nine training videos (described below)
- Library of pre-built studio lighting environments (Studio Environmental Set 1) are included in the Kit
“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. 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.”
– Paul McCrorey
Owner of McCrorey Digital, LLC.