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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Composer Standalone – SOLIDWORKS Translator – Large Assembly Mode

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A previous SOLIDWORKS Composer blog article mentions that one of the causes of a blank assembly in Composer is due to Lightweight components being present in a SOLIDWORKS model. This article will review that issue, but from the perspective of a user that only uses SOLIDWORKS Composer standalone and does not have SOLIDWORKS installed. To recap, when translating a file to composer, it is opened in SOLIDWORKS in the background. When an assembly reaches a high enough number of components, SOLIDWORKS […]

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SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER: GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU MONEY

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It’s not clickbait if it’s true. That’s right SOLIDWORKS Composer has a specific tool to make you money that very few companies are leveraging. In fact, it’s so simple I’m shocked management teams aren’t fighting past one another to get SOLIDWORKS Composer and implement the strategy. Not to mention, most companies already have a key component of this strategy already designed and in place. Enough build up, SOLIDWORKS Composer can be used to ensure your spare parts business is going […]

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SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER: Technical Illustrations, Why and How to use SVG files

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This topic comes up with almost every end user of 3DVia Composer, CATIA Composer, or SOLIDWORKS Composer (guess what, they are the same program). You use the tools to create great looking content, without going into Illustrator or going back to a design engineer and as for new screens from CAD. So now how do I deliver this to the end user. Well you’ve got some options. First being just use the composer player. This is very nice if you […]

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Why is my Assembly invisible in SOLIDWORKS Composer?

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Why is my Assembly invisible in SOLIDWORKS Composer? If there is one thing I’ve noticed over my years of supporting SOLIDWORKS is that products are becoming more complex.  Assemblies are continuing to increase in component number and the parts themselves are becoming more and more detailed. You may be wondering why I’m talking about SOLIDWORKS model size in detail when the blog title is Why is my assembly invisible? These larger assembly files can cause some strange behaviors in Composer, […]

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