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MODO for SolidWorks Kit

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.

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MODO CAD Workflow Tools enable import and export of CAD files to/from MODO

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MODO for SolidWorks Kit Overview

MODO video by The Foundry

“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
Auerprecision.com

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 501 image by Paul McCrorey
 

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.

In-depth presentation of MODO for SolidWorks Kit

MODO for SolidWorks Kit webinar presented by Paul McCrorey

In this full hour presentation, Paul McCrorey takes you step-by-step through the workflow of exporting SolidWorks CAD data into MODO using the new MODO for SolidWorks Kit.

Purchase the MODO for SolidWorks Kit

Product Platform Retail Price Purchase

MODO for SolidWorks Kit

Loads SolidWorks 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 sldprt, sldasm model files into MODO. (SolidWorks Windows 32-bit and 64-bit supported)

  • Experience Level:
    • All Levels
  • Software Required:
    • MODO 701, 601 or 501 (SP2 or later)
      (Windows version only)
$299.00

Includes SES 1 at no additional cost.

Please note: The MODO for SolidWorks Kit is not a standalone product.
MODO 701, 601, or 501 (SP2 or later) is required in order to use the MODO for SolidWorks Kit.

 

MODO for SolidWorks Kit also includes the following MODO Kit at no extra charge:

SES 1 / Studio Environment Set 1 Kit

$69 value Free
 
Note: Your Kit will be available for download through your Registered Plug-ins page upon purchase.
The Kit is licensed to each individual and is not a studio-wide license.

Bonus Offer Included in your purchase is a free MODO/CAD workflow tutorial by Paul McCrorey of McCrorey Digital. Covering over 2 1/2 hours, this video series ($60 value) explains how to use MODO to perform organic, subdivision surface modeling of a motorcycle gas tank, import the resulting surface into SolidWorks for complex CAD operations and, finally, bring the completed tank back into MODO for advanced visualization. For a brief overview of this video series, please click here.

A MODO Kit is included at no charge

Your purchase of MODO for SolidWorks Kit includes this popular MODO Kit:

Studio Environment Set 1 Kit
($69 value)

Studio Environment Set 1 Kit (SES 1) is a specially designed set of 51 HDRI spherical images complete with ground planes for easily obtaining professional-quality studio lighting for product shots, engineering visualizations, advertising art, or packaging shots. This allows you to choose studio/interior lighting setups without having to invest the time set to create custom lighting set-ups for each project.

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).

MODO image by Rob Rodriguez
 

“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.

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

Training Videos

MODO for SolidWorks Kit includes these videos:

  1. Video 1

    MODO for SolidWorks Kit Overview

    Topics Covered

    • Product overview
    • Download instructions
    • User Interface overview
    • Where to get help
  2. Video 2

    SolidWorks Kit User Interface

    Topics Covered

    • SolidWorks Layout
    • Render tab
    • Scene Setup tab
    • Tool palette
    • Import options
    • Navigation tools
    • Selection tools
  3. Video 3

    Prepping the SolidWorks model

    Topics Covered

    • Applying appearances
    • Applying decals
    • Image Quality Settings
  4. Video 4

    Importing the SolidWorks data

    Topics Covered

    • Explore import options
    • Explain mesh types and optimal usage
    • Explain Item list
    • Explain Shader Tree
  5. Video 5

    Render Specific Workspace

    Topics Covered

    • Explore Shader Tree
    • Explore presets
    • Apply and edit material and environment presets
    • Explore navigation tools
  6. Video 6

    Scene Setup Specific Workspace

    Topics Covered

    • Explore Item list
    • Explore assets (mesh, light, camera)
    • Explore selection tools
    • Explore transform tools
  7. Video 7

    Output

    Topics Covered

    • Selecting cameras
    • Explore render settings
    • Render presets
    • Processing a render and saving to file
  8. Video 8

    Basic Animation

    Topics Covered

    • Turntable
    • Camera
  9. Video 9

    Trouble Shooting SolidWorks file issues

    Topics Covered

    • Handling surface normals
    • Hidden geometry
    • Model reorientation
    • Importing SolidWorks files prior to “SolidWorks 2009-2011” version
    • Mesh selection issues
    • UI conventions
    • Render preview control
    • Transform tools use
  10. Video 10

    Brief introduction to MODO

    Topics Covered

    • MODO default layout overview
    • Where to get help
    • Replicators
    • Texture basics
    • UV mapping
    • Fur Material
    • Displacement
    • Animation
    • Morph mapping
    • Sculpting

Create images like these with MODO for SolidWorks Kit

MODO image by Paul McCrorey
 
MODO image by Paul McCrorey
 
MODO image by Paul McCrorey
 
MODO image by Paul McCrorey
 
MODO image by Rob Rodriguez
 
MODO image by Rob Rodriguez
 
MODO image by Paul McCrorey
 
MODO image by Paul McCrorey
 

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