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Solid Works Animation

Question asked by Tim Siebert on Sep 1, 2015

Hi fellow solid works users, my name is Tim.


As the Discussion Title suggests I have a question regarding solid works animation. I am trying to see if my computer is not capable on a technical level of running the advanced animations that I need it to. I will quickly list my computer specs below, also as a side note it is a laptop and I am using solid works 2015.


OS: Windows 7

Laptop model: HP ZBook17

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4700MQ CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 16.0 GB

Total Virtual Memory 31.6 GB


Here's a brief description of the animation in question:


There is a picture of a desert for the background and environment part of the scene. Real view graphics, shadows in shaded mode, ambient occlusion, and perspective are all turned on. The model has solar panels that start parallel to the ground and end at a 45 degree angle to the ground. I then took the directional light and had it stay perpendicular to the panels the best I could as time progressed to show a shadow. (15 second animation thus far) As a side note I rendered this animation at 30 frames per second and did not touch any of the key frames or compressor options.