Hi all,


For the project i work on, we have to render door handles for a catalog. The door handles are drawn in Solidworks.

They come in two materials, stainless steel and aluminum.

I didn't had any experience in Visualize, only very little in 3d modeling. I followed the course from solidworks but some things are still a bit unclear and the 'trial and error' method keeps trialling and erroring.

The aluminum door handles worked out pretty quick though but the stainless steel isn't. Even with an example from solidworks from the guy ho made it. I made a dozen of testings, and they all doesn't look that bad, they also doesn't look like the right material either.

Does anyone know some good settings for stainless steel? Maybe with the right studio/scene? Or maybe some good tips how to setup the project?

I have added the example from solidworks and it has to look a bit like that.


Thanks in advance!

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Last comment By: Marketing Nauta   Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:17:03 GMT
Re: What is the best appearance for stainless steel?

Hi ,


have you given the default Clearcoat Stainless appearance a try?



cant remember if it is a default appearance or you have to get it from the cloud library but it is a good place to start , you can tweak the textures and mappings to get it looking the way you want.


you can also use SOLIDWORKS materials and control the mapping through SOLIDWORKS if you are running 2018

By: Scott Ellery  Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:33:08 GMT
Re: What is the best appearance for stainless steel?

Hi Scott,


Thnx! Tweaking and trying it right now, starting to getting in the right direction.


What exactly do you mean with the 2018 version? We are running 2017 right now, but what are the benefits with 2018? especcialy the connection with solidworks and visualize? Is it easyer to bring the materials and appereances from solidworks exactly to visualize?

By: Marketing Nauta  Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:28:45 GMT
Re: What is the best appearance for stainless steel?

SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2018 includes the Photoview 360 materials so if you have a material in SOLIDWORKS that you want to utilize in Visualize you can apply it in SOLIDWORKS and it will transfer to visualize when you bring the model in.


with regards to the addin you already have it it was introduced in 2017 and can do a one click export of your SOLIDWORKS model to visualize.

By: Scott Ellery  Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:11:24 GMT
Re: What is the best appearance for stainless steel?

Many thanks for the quick response! We are gonna give it a try!

By: Marketing Nauta  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:17:03 GMT
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