SOLIDWORKS 2021 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 these products are installed thru 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 your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for all your assets. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Display Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 introduces new settings which give users more display options within the Composer environment. We now have document level control over displaying hidden edges for both Highlighting and Selecting geometry actors. Let’s take a look at these new settings and how they’ll help us while using SOLIDWORKS Composer These new settings are in: File, Properties, Document Properties or Default Document Properties and Selection. We can individually control the visibility and the intensity with the slider, for static selection […]

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Animating Textures in SOLIDWORKS Composer

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If you are reading this blog, you are likely aware of many of the great ways you can change properties of actors to clearly illustrate what you are trying to say in SOLIDWORKS Composer. For example, if you wanted to show a wall that was to be painted, you can easily change the color property to the new color and have before and after shots. However, what if you wanted to show the actual act of the wall being painted? […]

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Custom Render Mode in Composer

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If you are a user of SOLIDWORKS Composer, you know it is great at allowing us to focus the attention to a specific piece of geometry to tell our story. The many tools to control geometry color, transparency, position, camera orientation, and various types of annotations give us tons of flexibility. All this great functionality is covered in detail in our SOLIDWORKS Composer training. Even with training, some of the subtle options are easy to miss. The image below is […]

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Be Selective with SOLIDWORKS Composer

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SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great tool for repurposing your 3D engineering data to create awesome graphical content. Once your model is in Composer, there are lots of tools to help manipulate the actors to create these amazing visuals; like moving them or changing color or opacity. Each actor contains its own properties to easily make these changes, however, there are many times when it is not just one actor that you want to apply the same changes to. There are […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Animation Library tips

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I’ve recently received a few questions about animation and the Animation Library in SOLIDWORKS Composer and since I don’t receive many animation questions in Composer, I thought I would share them. Below are a few tips that came out of these conversations. Before I get into any tips about the Animation Library, I have the most important Composer tip of all. Increase the Undo history size. Out of the box the Undo history is only 20 and I can run […]

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Setting up your Composer file for sharing

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I’ve heard this, or a similar, question many times over the years. “I sent a coworker my Composer file but when they open it in the Player, they don’t see the same thing I do. Why is that?”  What I want to talk about are a few easy to overlook settings in Composer that help you control what the user experiences when they open your Composer document. For example, here is my file opened on my computer in SOLIDWORKS Composer. […]

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Interactive SOLIDWORKS Composer Animations on any Device!

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That’s right, no ActiveX required and it’s all thanks to 3DDrive and 3DPlay on the 3DEXPERIENCE! If you load SMG files into your 3DDrive, when you double click the files in the browser, they automatically launch 3DPlay and open the SMG file in an environment that can be rotated and interactive, regardless of device. Now if you need to share SMG files with key stakeholders, they do not need to have a beefy machine, high end graphics cards, or a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer: How to Change Dimension Units

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There is 1 question that has come up twice this week regarding SOLIDWORKS Composer dimension units:                          “How do I change my dimensions from millimeters to inches in Composer?” Read on to see how and where to change and define Units in SOLIDWORKS Composer. Below, the dimension 374.65 is in millimeters, but it should be inches. Here is the way to make changes to the units for dimensions… Go […]

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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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