SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Animation Export Enhancements

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In a previous SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New post, I introduced new functionality in Composer 2020 to automatically import named views from your SOLIDWORKS models. As you can see, the View Pane lists the same views that the SOLIDWORKS assembly contains and can be used for any Composer purpose, such as an animation. Composer 2020 now supports saving an animation as an .MP4, .FLV, or .MKV file without the need of any additional video software. An easy way to get a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Rx

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Administration enhancement of SOLIDWORKS has improved the process of gathering files using the RX Tab. It has been expanded to support gathering files from Composer and Electrical to help trouble-shoot hardware and or software issues. The Problem Capture tab in SOLIDWORKS Rx now collects files adding videos and settings for SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Composer and SOLIDWORKS Electrical from the source pull down if they are running the 2020 version. 1. In the Capture section, choose the SOLIDWORKS Composer source selection: 2. Records the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Import Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 has some great new enhancements that allow you to import more data from your SOLIDWORKS models than ever before. To gain access to these new options, select the SOLIDWORKS file and then the SOLIDWORKS icon in the Composer open window. Now, you may be thinking, “I can already import my SOLIDWORKS exploded view and textures into Composer.” How is this new? That is correct, some of these enhancements were introduced in previous releases. Composer 2019 gave us […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 Enhancements

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It’s hard to believe that SOLIDWORKS Composer has been part of the 3DS product suite for almost 10 years now. The enhancements continue to grow with each new year’s release, and 2019 was no exception to that statement. One of the simplest and most user-friendly examples of this is the ability to Lock a View. As we use Composer to create countless detailed views of our SOLIDWORKS designed content, the accidental update of a view has probably reared its ugly […]

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SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER: Import Custom Properties from Autodesk Inventor, PTC® Creo, Solid Edge®, STEP, and UG NX using 3D Interconnect

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Over the years I’ve spent time with some of our SOLIDWORKS Composer customers that don’t use SOLIDWORKS as their primary CAD tool, and a prevailing question kept coming up. “Where are the custom properties? We don’t want to manually type in all this information if the designers have already done so in CAD, whatever it may be.” I don’t like to shy away from a challenge, so I rolled up my sleeves and went to work, and please forgive my […]

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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 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 – 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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