This blog post explains how you can Render Cosmetic Threads in SOLIDWORKS to make them look a lot more realistic than the 'screw thread' appearance.
Last week I was asked by a customer
if there was any way to make a cosmetic thread that actually looked like a
There is a screw thread appearance but it doesn't look very good
in the Final Render.
The solution is actually rather
simple. Just save the image below to your desktop.
- Apply a metal appearance to
the cylindrical face of the part.
- Edit that appearance, switch to the
‘advanced’ mode (at the top of the properties) and then select the ‘surface
- Set the drop down at the top to ‘from file’ and select the image
on the desktop.
- On the ‘mapping’ tab you should
select a ‘cylindrical’ type of mapping set to ‘selected reference’ and again
pick the cylindrical face.
- Clear the option for ‘fixed aspect ratio’ and change
the shape and size of the image until the threads look a reasonable
size. If the threads don’t line up as they go around the cylinder tweak the
angle property or, be lazy and put the join around the back so you can’t see it
in the final render.
That’s about it, any problems call our support team or
come on the PhotoView360 training course where surface finished are covered in
By Pete Harkness