SOLIDWORKS Composer Toolbox

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Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Every once and a while I find out about functionality in software that I had no idea was there for an embarrassing amount of time, even when I’m supposed to have some level of “expertise” in that software. Today, you get to read about one of those wonderful experiences. If you already knew this was in SOLIDWORKS Composer then, by all means, you are better than I. But if you didn’t, just remember, there was […]

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Why are my BOM ID’s changing?

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Not long ago I was helping a customer with a SOLIDWORKS Composer support question.  The customer was working on creating a Bill of Materials and various items were changing from view to view. This type of issue is something I hear about regularly so let’s look at this behavior with the following example, “why are my callouts changing or simply blank?” In this first view, you can see that the callout shows item 6.  Also, notice the selected component is […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Video Decals

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One of my favorite new features in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional 2019 is the ability to create decals using video images. We can now apply decals using *.mp4 and *.avi files, just as we would with static image files in the past. This functionality makes simulating screens in animations, like the video below, incredibly easy. Notice that in this video, the animated decal actually emits light into the scene. Just like standard decals, we can control appearances, mapping, and more with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 7 – Visualize

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In the world of photo-realistic rendering software, SOLIDWORKS Visualization Products are hard to beat. Introduced in 2016, SOLIDWORKS Visualize was a “quantum leap” addition to the existing SOLIDWORKS Photoview 360 in terms of rendering functionality and quality. In this article, we will be talking about some of the changes to look out for regarding licensing/installation aspects of Visualize 2019. Recall that SOLIDWORKS Visualize is offered in both Standard and Professional and can operate as a standalone program. A complimentary seat of SOLIDWORKS Visualize […]

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 SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation 

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What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now installed through the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager, and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all of your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Visualize Automatic Data Recovery – #SW2019

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It’s quitting time on Friday and you’ve spent the last few hours getting your SOLIDWORKS Visualize project all set up ready to render out some images over the weekend. You’re almost at the point where you can send all your cameras to the queue, start the render queue and head on home. Or maybe you just finished your last set ups for a video to render. When a dreadful crash occurs. AHHHH! Scream to the heavens, WHY GOD?!?! WHY ME?!?! […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a great tool to help streamline the creation of your inspection documentation.  2018 saw huge gains, not only in functionality(Standalone / Add-In), but also in the file types that could be used.  The efficiency in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019 continues. In 2019, the Bill of Characteristics in the Add-In has been redesigned for better clarity, ease of use, and functionality.  It is now laid out in a grid format which allows you to much more clearly see how […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Importing Assembly Envelopes Option and PMI DATA in SOLIDWORKS Composer – #SW2019

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New to SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 is the ability to finally choose whether or not to import assembly envelopes. In prior releases, SOLIDWORKS Composer automatically imported the assembly envelopes forcing you to hide them manually. When you open an assembly in Composer, the option to import SOLIDWORKS assembly envelopes is automatically checked. If you want to turn this off, refer to the image below. Below are examples of what the import looks like with and without the “Import SOLIDWORKS assembly envelopes” […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Undefined Color Properties in Animation Library – #SW2019

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In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS Composer for Flash or Setcolor animations you were forced to select a predefined color for that animation. In SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 you can now specify the color parameter of the predefined Flash and SetColor motions properties to Undefined. This parameter lets you avoid changing the color of the selected actor during this step of the animation. Note: The ability to set a predefined color is still available in this version of the Software. I hope this part of the What’s […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Showing Sheet Metal Bend Notes in MBD- #SW2019

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Welcome back to our SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New Blog series. Today I will be introducing an enhancement that will help significantly with the documentation of your sheet metal designs using SOLIDWORKS MBD. The latest enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2019 will allow you to insert Bend Notes or a Bend Table into the Flat Pattern configuration of a sheet metal part. Then include them in the 3D views created by MBD. Shown here is a simple sheet metal model. Traditionally, a drawing […]

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