TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

SOLIDWORKS Composer Only Translates in a Single Direction?

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I would like to share a recent encounter in SOLIDWORKS Composer where components only translate along the Z direction. Sounds quite frustrating, doesn’t it? In the video notice that the helicopter blade only translates in the one direction. If the video is too small, please select the full screen button to expand it. Chose ESC to close full screen mode. Would you be surprised if I told you this issue cannot be remedied inside SOLIDWORKS Composer? Unexpectedly, the cause is […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Using Pattern Driven Component Patterns

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Recognizing symmetry or repetition in our designs can be indication that we can save significant modeling time by capturing our design intent. In our SOLIDWORKS assemblies, we have a very powerful command called “Pattern Driven Component Pattern”. With this command, you can pattern components in your assembly based on pattern features that exist in your part files. If the feature pattern is adjusted in the part file, the patterned components will adjust to match in your assembly file. This is […]

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Creating Custom Symbols for Drawing Annotations in SOLIDWORKS

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When working in SOLIDWORKS and creating your own symbols for use in Annotations such as Notes, Dimensions and Tables in Drawings, it is important to understand what is controlling these symbols and how to modify those symbols for your own use. Let’s start by taking a look at some common symbols: When adding these symbols in a Dimension, we can see the syntax typed out in the Dimension Text Box. So where is this syntax defined and how do we […]

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Animating Lights in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

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Lights as well as any other object in SOLIDWORKS Visualize can be animated in the scene using key frames or some pre-defined rotation shortcuts. This makes it easy to animate any aspect of light position, color, or brightness. Rotation Short-Cuts Lights, just like cameras, have a focus point. This means that you can use a focused-rotation animation. First position the light around your object, making sure to set your desired height in the scene, then Right-Click and choose ‘Add Focused […]

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What Is SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

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The premise of SOLIDWORKS Inspection is simple: a tool to help streamline the creation of your inspection documentation. This can normally be a long and tedious task. Deciding what version you want, or need, could be a little trickier. There is Inspection Standard and Professional. There are multiple interfaces: the Standalone and the Add-In. And there are also the Standalone and Network options. Well, let’s try to clarify that a little bit here. First, whether you have Inspection Standard or […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard – Emissive Appearances

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a rendering tool that generates professional, photo-quality images, animations, 3D interactive and VR content. It is available in two packages: Visualize Standard and Visualize Professional. In Visualize Standard, the Environment is the source of light in the scenes. There may be times where an additional light is needed to take the rendered image from stunning to life-like. However, adding lights is a capability offered in Visualize Professional. Emissive Appearances emit light into the scene. It is applied […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Add Realistic Depth of Field

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In the photography world, all lens and cameras produce photographs with some amount of depth of field. For landscape photos, the desire might be to have as much of the scene in focus as possible. Whereas in portrait photography, the goal might be to only have the subject in focus and blur anything in the background or foreground. Using SOLIDWORKS Visualize, you COULD create images with zero depth of field, making everything perfectly (unrealistic) in focus. If you want to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Smart Drawing Blocks – Using Attributes as Editable Text Fields

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Using Blocks in your SOLIDWORKS Drawings is a great way to re-use symbols and other sketch collections, so you don’t have to constantly draw them over and over. But what if you need those re-usable blocks to contain customizable information? Customize Blocks An often-overlooked capability of blocks is the ability to include editable Attributes. This allows you to designate any Notes in the block as a unique Attribute with its own Name and Value. You can then edit this Attribute […]

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Recovering Corrupt Composer files

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File corruption is not a light subject, nor one anyone really likes to discuss. But that is exactly what I want to cover in this post, what to do when your SOLIDWORKS Composer file does not open. While rare compared to the daily number of SOLIDWORKS Product files in use, it does happen. When it happens, customers will call Tech Support and ask why the file got corrupt and can it be recovered. For more details on the topic, Jordan […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Detail views, round 2

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My co-worker Ryan Field put together a great blog on SOLIDWORKS Composer recently. He gave several examples on how to use the Digger tool to generate Detail views in your Composer files. After reading Ryan’s post, I got to thinking about the other methods Composer offers to generate Detail views. Detail Views The detail view is all about bringing emphasis to an area of your Composer files. This option exists for both High Resolution Image and the Technical Illustration Workshops […]

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