Installing and Configuring SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Article by GoEngineer on May 08, 2020

To install SOLIDWORKS Visualize:

1. Start the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager.
2. On the Welcome page, select Individual.
3. Do the following:

  1. On the Serial Number page, expand Visualization.
  2. Select SOLIDWORKS Visualize and type the serial number.
  3. Click Next.

4. Follow instructions for system warnings and click Next.
5. On the Summary page, accept the terms of the SOLIDWORKS License Agreement and click Install Now.

Double-click the SOLIDWORKS Visualize shortcut icon on the desktop to start the application or from the Windows Start menu, click All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 20XX > SOLIDWORKS Visualize 20XX.

Installing SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost

Visualize Boost is intalled using the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager. It requires a separate serial number. Because the purpose of Visualize Boost is to offload rendering, you should install Visualize Boost on computers different from the ones running SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. Rendering performance can be maximized by installing Visualize Boost on computers with multiple CPU cores and graphics processing units (GPUs).

To install SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost:

1. Start the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager.
2. On the Welcome page, select Individual.
3. Do the following:

  1. On the Serial Number page, expand Visualization.
  2. Select SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost and type the serial number.
  3. Click Next.

4. Follow instructions for system warnings and click Next.
5. On the Summary page, accept the terms of the SOLIDWORKS License Agreement and click Install Now.

Double-click the SOLIDWORKS Visualize shortcut icon on the desktop to start the application or from the Windows Start menu, click All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 20XX > SOLIDWORKS Visualize 20XX.

Configuring Visualize Boost

You can configure Visualize Boost centrally from a Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer browser.

To configure Visualize Boost, you first activate the license, and then configure the computer to be part of a rendering cluster.

One of the configuration steps asks you to select a networking mode. If you are not sure of your networking environment, you should consult with your network administrator.

To activate the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost license:

1. Do one of the following:

  1. Start SOLIDWORKS > click Start > SOLIDWORKS 20XX > SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost 20XX.
  2. From your desktop, click the Visualize Boost shortcut icon .
  3. Open a Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer browser and enter the URL: http://localhost:8993/config.html

2. Enter your email address and click Enable License.

Setting Up Render Cluster

 

The following steps are optional to manually configure a Visualize Boost cluster. For most networks, the default settings are sufficient. If you accept the defaults, you can proceed to the next topic or review these steps to manually configure your Visualize Boost cluster.

1. Do one of the following:

  • If you are on the system running SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost, open a browser and enter the URL: http://localhost:8993/config.html.
  • If you are on a different system, open a browser and enter one of the following URLs with the IP address or DNS name of the system with Visualize Boost: http://:8993/config.html

2. Use the drop-down field in the upper right corner of the screen to select your language.
3. Click the Setup tab.
4. In the Cluster Name field, specify a computer name, such as “Superfast Render”, “Presentation Cluster”, or “4th Floor Computers”.

The cluster name displays in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional as a cluster profile. To render an image, users running SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional select a cluster profile from a list of available Boost clusters.

It is recommended that you specify the cluster name on the Visualize Boost computer, rather than locally on the Visualize Professional computer, so that all Visualize users have access to the same cluster names in their Visualize Boost Profiles list.

5. Enter the Cluster Client Access Port. This is the port that computers running SOLIDWORKS Visualize use to connect to the Boost cluster. The default cluster client access port is 8998.
6. In the Networking Mode area, select one of the four options based on your network environment:

  • Select No Networking to prevent this computer from belonging to any other cluster. This mode is useful for troubleshooting issues with Visualize Boost.
  • Select UDP Multicast Mode if your network supports UDP Multicast. Visualize Boost will search the network and form a cluster of all computers using UDP Multicast Mode on the same port. This mode is recommended, if your network supports it.
  • Select TCP Mode with Discovery (Default) if you cannot use UDP Multicast mode. Visualize Boost will search the network and form a cluster of all computers using TCP Mode with Discovery on the same port.
  • Select TCP Mode if you need to create an explicit list of the computers in the cluster, for example because the other modes are not successful in finding the computers you want to include. This mode requires additional work to configure and is not recommended if either UDP Multicast or TCP Mode with Discovery can be used.

7. If you select UDP Multicast Mode or TCP Mode with Discovery, then enter the Cluster Discovery Address. This setting must be an IP address and a port above 1024. The default port varies among the networking modes:

  • 8994 for UDP Multicast
  • 8995 for TCP Mode with Discovery
  • 8996 for TCP These ports are used for Visualize Boost computers to connect with each other. All computers configured with the same Cluster Discovery Address and that are on the same local network will form a cluster
SOLIDWORKS Visualize UDP Multicast Mode

8. If you select TCP Mode, then:

  • 8994 Enter a Cluster Access Port. This is the port that Visualize Boost nodes in the cluster use to communicate with each other. The default port for TCP Mode is 8996.
  • If this machine is going to be the “head node” of the cluster (the machine that coordinates the work of the cluster), then use the Cluster Address List field to list the IP addresses of the other nodes in the cluster. Each IP address (such as 192.168.0.100:8996) must include the Cluster Access Port configured for all of the nodes in the cluster.

9. Click Save Configuration. Visualize Boost saves the new configuration, then stops and restarts the service.

Selecting a Visualize Boost Cluster for Rendering

Before you can use a Boost cluster for rendering, you must add it to the list of cluster profiles on your SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional computer and select it.

To add a Boost cluster to the Profiles list and select it:

1. In SOLIDWORKS Visualize, click Tools > Options and select the Boost tab.

2. Click Scan to search the network for Boost clusters.

Install SOLIDWORKS Visualize search for boost clusters

3. Click Add to add a new cluster to the list of cluster profiles. Only select NVIDIA VCA if you have installed an NVIDIA Quadro VCA on your network.

4. In the Profiles list, highlight the name of a cluster. The Boost Settings displays the status, cluster name, and the cluster discovery address.

5. To use PowerBoost for real-time ray tracing, set the PowerBoost settings and click Connect (available only in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional).

solidworks visualize power boost

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