Charles Culp

Editing RealView Materials in 2008

Discussion created by Charles Culp on Dec 27, 2007
Latest reply on Dec 28, 2007 by Joe Rochinski

I finally get to play around with RealView in 2008, and I'm excited to be able to show different surface finishes for different parts (machined, cast, painted), however I have found that some of these don't match what we produce, at all.

The "cast aluminum" is very reflective, whereas the investment castings and sand castings that we use are both much darker, and almost completely matte. The "matte aluminum" does not have the bump mapping of the casting...

I'm guessing that there is some way to change these properties in PhotoWorks? I have looked at the .p2m files, and I guess I could change them by hand (editing the code), but is there an editor included with the software? I have not found any way in regular Solidworks, but how about in Office Premium with PhotoWorks?

I'm almost itching to create a macro to churn out these things, either in SW or maybe MS Access. But, you know, if I can conceive how to make a macro, you'd think SW Corp. could code it in a snap...