Breaking news: the Future of Bunkspeed

Bunkspeed becomes SOLIDWORKS VisualizeDear Bunkspeed Clients,

We want to make you aware of an important and very positive change for Bunkspeed.  This notification is intended to provide you sufficient notice to understand your options, evaluate your needs and take any required action during this change.

As valued clients, we first and foremost want to thank you for your continued support. We also want to ensure that you have the best experience possible with our brand at all times.

We are proud to announce that following the acquisition by Dassault Systèmes, Bunkspeed is now part of Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, and will be renamed SOLIDWORKS Visualize. We are very excited about this change which includes the merge into to the renowned infrastructure of SOLIDWORKS and team growth. We are using this opportunity to streamline our product offering, rebrand, and focus efforts on more concise and valuable solutions based on your feedback and interests. (SOLIDWORKS Visualize products will still support other CAD packages alongside other exciting things in the works).

Please Note:

  • If you are on an active maintenance subscription for Bunkspeed SHOT, you will be eligible for SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard upon availability.
  • If you are on an active maintenance subscription for Bunkspeed MOVE, PRO, ZOOM or DRIVE you will be eligible for SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional upon availability. (Yes, this means you get some exciting new functionality historically only available in our premium products for free!)
  • If you are not on an active maintenance subscription, we will honor the usual upgrade process to the new SOLIDWORKS Visualize products as well.
  • After December 31st, 2015, no Bunkspeed products prior to 2014 versions will be supported. License transfers, provision of installers and individualized support for legacy versions will come to an end. This change applies to both standalone and network (floating) licenses.
  • Products impacted by this change include: Bunkspeed HyperShot® HyperMove® and HyperDrive®, Bunkspeed SHOT® 2012 and older, Bunkspeed SHOT® Pro, Bunkspeed Move® 2012 and older, Bunkspeed PRO® 2012 and older, Bunkspeed DRIVE® 2012 and older and Bunkspeed POWERBOOST® 2012 and older.
  • If you are on an active maintenance subscription plan, you will retain access to your benefits (which will be better than ever now) and you can stay up-to-date,including access to SOLIDWORKS Visualize, by renewing your maintenance plan

To learn more about SOLIDWORKS Visualize (formerly Bunkspeed) please visit:


To learn more about these changes or if you need further help understanding your options, please contact your Bunkspeed representative/reseller or email:

Thank you for your continued loyalty and we look forward to serving you with renewed vitality.

Best Regards,

The Bunkspeed/SOLIDWORKS Visualize Team

  • Jeff

    Very cool!! I have a few quick questions.In Solidworks Visualize, will there be a new file extension ? If so, will we still be able to open our old BIF files? Is the rendering data (applied materials, scenes, cameras, etc) saved in the native Solidworks files or will it still operate like Shot where it iimports in a dumb solid of your model that you paint?

    • David Randle

      Hi Jeff – We are glad you find this news positive. To answer your questions, yes, there will be a new native file extension but you will still be able to open old BIF projects. Data saved back to the new native visualize file is independent from the native SolidWorks file for now. SOLIDWORKS Visualize will have significantly better support for ingesting SOLIDWORKS files than the Bunkspeed products ever had before.

  • James

    Will Visualize be integrated into Solidworks Professional package in the future? i.e. replacing photoview 360 as the in-app renderer/

  • David

    Hi James –

    As an added value to our users, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard will be included with each SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Professional & Premium license on active Subscription starting with the 2016 version.

    Here are some helpful points regarding our positioning on PhotoView 360 & SOLIDWORKS Visualize:

    SOLIDWORKS Visualize is not a replacement for PhotoView 360, but a complementary tool that delivers more of what the SOLIDWORKS community has been asking for in visualization.

    PhotoView 360 is best for designs that are continuously undergoing changes. The direct link and bi-directional updates optimize rendering of work that is still in progress. Users can create CAD models and remain within SOLIDWORKS for basic visualization, providing immediate feedback on rough reflections, surface changes, etc, to evaluate the form and make rapid surface adjustments.

    SOLIDWORKS Visualize picks up where PhotoView 360 leaves off, by introducing an environment that is more similar to photography, versus
    technical rendering, with a focus on 3D data. Because results are indistinguishable from photos, they can be used directly for marketing or other areas where physical prototypes don’t exist or add too much cost.

    In addition, SOLIDWORKS Visualize doesn’t tie-up a SOLIDWORKS license, allowing the photo-quality visualization to be completed by someone else within the organization, providing a seamless dynamic design workflow and collaborative environment.

  • Alan

    Hi, just a question re hardware…. can SOLIDWORKS Visualise run in purely CPU mode? And if so how much faster is running with a mid range graphics card card say Quadro K2200? Obviously this could become a key part of the buying decision for a SOLIDWORKS workstation in the future as AMD cards aren’t supported.



  • Mattb

    Solidworks Visualize comes standard with Solidworks 2016 Pro and Premium but what will be the price for Visualize Pro if you have SW Pro or Premium?