If you go to Help > System Info does it have any warnings?
I found a way to get around "Initialization Lock" issue within Visualize.
- Ensure you are using Solid Works 2018 SP4.
- Go to Options - Add Ins
- Scroll down to Visualize and ensure this add in is checked. It creates a Visualize option tab on the command manager.
- Open the assembly or part you want to export into Visualize.
- Click the Visualize tab and you have a Simple and Advanced Export option, of which it effects the appearance levels when inside Visualize.
- Click export and this opens Visualize and places the part or assy in Visualize bypassing the initialization issue lock I was having at least...
- If you want to reopen the part, you must save your work in Vis, export it again through SW interface through the steps above, then go to FILE - open recent project - select the file you manipulated and saved and it will reopen with out the initialization lock.
Hope this helps.
I would love to get some feedback on how I can fix the original issue however, hoping this temp fix can help SW engineering offer some input on why I might be experiencing this issue.
Great news that you found a work around for now.
I have had the exact same issue before. What I found was that Solidworks visualize was defaulting to my onboard graphics despite it suggesting it was using my graphics card in the system info window.
You can try forcing visualize to use your graphics card through the graphics card control panel.
I know for NVIDIA you can right click your desktop to access the control panel. Go to Manage 3D settings > Program settings tab. If visualize is not listed in the drop down use the option to add. Then from the drop down menu under neither make sure it is set to your graphics card.
Hope this helps.
You rock thanks, I will try this as well. I have had issues with these two video cards and some of the icons in SW explorer and CAM toolpath editor. This makes sense.
I would definitely give it a try then. You can force any application to use a specific card through the graphics card control panel.
One thing I will say is I also have colleagues who needed to deactivate their onboard graphics to resolve a few issues but I believe the method I suggested should work.