SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Composer 2018 has some great enhancements which makes this year’s version much more powerful than years past. Let’s start with the new Property section for measurement Labels. This new setting allows users to manage the display of measurement labels. It contains two new properties, Label Orientation and Label Position: When this Label Orientation is set to Auto, you can see in the above image that you also get to choose […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Unblock Zip Files

Unblock Zip File in SOLIDWORKS Composer I received a Zip file the other day with some SOLIDWORKS Composer documents and the HTML file that I needed to show someone. I unzipped the files and kept getting errors with the HTML file. After trying to load the HTML doc in chrome I tried a few more times with Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, but they each failed in their own way. Chrome gave me a Blank white screen, and IE gave […]

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A quick tip in SOLIDWORKS Composer

This post came to light from a SOLIDWORKS Composer support call I was on recently. The customer needed to move several geometry actors the same direction and distance as existing geometry actor. Based on the surrounding geometry actors, it was difficult to CTRL-select all the geometry actors and move them together. As an alternative I suggested translating one and use Copy Transformation on the rest. Let’s take a look at how we can use this. In this example I’ve translated […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017 – Animation Rendering do I start again at my last frame.

One of the most important things about doing animations in any rendering tool is, “When will it be done?” Because animations take a long time to complete at full HD, you don’t want to tie up your primary machine for hours/days on end. So, put that machine on a different computer and run it. Like many companies we have some machines that have a little more horsepower, but they are shared among maybe people. This works fine 90% of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Renderer Selection in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Renderer Selection in SOLIDWORKS Visualize   Selecting the best rendering method for the job at hand is one of the most important decisions a user of SOLIDWORKS Visualize can make. The renderers and options that Visualize offers are best suited to different points in a typical workflow and can help the user greatly increase her or his efficiency. This article/case study discusses those renderers and the best times to use them.   Because Visualize leverages both CPU and GPU hardware, the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Links in Composer

Creating Links in SOLIDWORKS Composer   SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great tool to generate technical deliverables from your SOLIDWORKS files. Users are aware of the standard capabilities of exploding assemblies, adding the necessary annotations and creating the views. I want to talk about some lesser utilized functionality, which is the ability to create links within your SOLIDWORKS Composer document.   These links are properties like everything else in SOLIDWORKS Composer and can be applied to several types of collaborative and […]

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SOLIDWORKS: MBD Template Editor – Adding Custom Properties

MBD Template Editor – Adding Custom Properties   So you’ve added Custom Properties to your Part or Assembly in SOLIDWORKS and now you want to bring those Custom Properties into your MBD Templates for creating 3D PDFs.   Tech Tip: If you need help setting up Custom Properties in your Part or Assembly in SOLIDWORKS see our tech blog on Adding Custom Properties here.   Shown below is a snapshot of the Custom Properties set up in this part. The Custom Property […]

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SOLIDWORKS: 2017 – What’s New in Composer SP3.0 #SW2017

What’s New in Composer SP3.0   In the last few months the SOLIDWORKS team has appointed a new product manager for Composer and assigned members of the development team. They are actively adding more customer enhancements with service packs. SP 3.0 is the first to receive some new features. Here is a list of some of the things they added:   BOM import from SOLIDWORKS Appearance Import Profile sort by Alphabetical or category Player Pro samples with a player pro […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Setup and Troubleshooting Visualize Boost

Setup and Troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost   Back in November, Jordan wrote about Installing and configuring Visualize Boost; today I want to talk about how to setup boost according to your network, and what to do when boost doesn’t work, or your network doesn’t support some features of Boost. While Boost can be a very powerful time saving addition to rendering with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, it can also be finicky to setup and get working properly. If you have had or […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Visualize – Do You Have the Correct Video Card Driver?

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Drivers   At the end of March, support saw a big increase in calls with SOLIDWORKS slowdown because of windows automatically updating the video card driver. This driver didn’t work well with SOLIDWORKS and a lot of customers had to go to the SOLIDWORKS website and reinstall the correct diver. That blog post can be found by following this link.   When many people got to the website, they saw two different options that may have looked a little bit […]

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