SolidWorks:HEARD! - Episode 469 - Lagoa


Lagoa: Multi-Optics Cloud Rendering Engine

This podcast covers Lagoa, a cloud- based rendering engine that I first saw at SolidWorks World and was, hands-down, the most innovative, mind-blowing tech I have seen in years. Topics covered:

- Platform overview

- Features and options

- User Interface and Experience

- Collaborative environment

- Overall first impressions

This year at SolidWorks World, I made it a point to spend quality time in the partner pavilion, a place that seems to get the least of my time in previous years.  After 12 years of attending SolidWorks World, there has been a list of 3rd party products and services that have impressed me.  However, in today's engineering culture, the web is creeping into the equation and services tend to be more impressive than 3rd party local software.

Over the past 3-4 years, cloud services have made a move into the space, offering a number of collaborative layers to the traditional desktop environment.  Whether this was through task panes or other menus inside of SolidWorks, the services were still very tied to the desktop installation.

Lagoa is a cloud rendering software as a a service (SaaS) and not only offloads the rendering hardware and horsepower needed for high end processing, it offloads everything needed from your system.  Cameras, complex material and advanced lighting all at your control through a web browser tab!  Roll in some real-time collaboration, sharing and commenting and you have the ultimate rendering experience completely in the cloud.  Cool stuff!  ~Lou 

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SolidWorks:HEARD! - Episode 463 - Solar Access Studies


Solar Access Studies:

This podcast covers the new SolidWorks 2014 sun light and solar access study capabilities. This new features allows for some interesting and accurate depictions of how sunlight brightens up your models! Topics covered:

- Introduction to Solar Studies

- How to add sunlight to your models

- Tricks to customizing your environment

- Creating solar axis study animations

- Accuracy of solar data

- Step by step example (compared results)

With the introduction of solar access studies in SolidWorks 2014, I was curious how accurate and easy it would be to setup a scenario of a similar solar "issue" at my own house.  My living room is situated in such a way that my TV gets sunlight on it in the early afternoon and since I had a perfect real-world scenario, I though I would put it to the test.

In addition to the ability to add sunlight to any model based on the North direction, location (lat/long) and Date/Time, SolidWorks also allows automating the sun based on either fixed time/variable date or fixed date/variable time.  This is what I was interested in testing and by modeling up my living room and the help of Google Maps, I was pretty impressed with the results.

Sunlight, in general, can give provide amazing realism to a still image as well and thanks to @solidworkscare, a great tip on adding "Accurate environment lighting" in PV360's Illumination options can give a nice view of what sunlight might look like in a clear day vs. having it off that would act similar to a cloudy day, muting the shadows. 

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