SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer Performance: Generating Outlines

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Recently, I was working with a very large SOLIDWORKS Composer file and noticed a delay when exporting a vector file. Upon investigating the process, the step of generating outlines was taking several minutes. To understand why it was taking several minutes, we need to cover some background information on outlines and why they may contribute to decreased performance. We will look at an option to help get that performance back. Outlines Outlines are the rendered edges of the models in […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Composer

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Calling all SOLIDWORKS Composer Users! SOLIDWORKS Composer 2022 added 2 new updates to the software this year. Let’s take a deeper dive into each topic: Importing Decals from SOLIDWORKS Files Decals that are added to a SOLIDWORKS part file can now be added into Composer when the file is being imported. There are 3 ways to make this happen: 1. To open a file with this setting, click File > Open and select a SOLIDWORKS file. Under SOLIDWORKS, select Import […]

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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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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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Create Compelling Detail Views in SOLIDWORKS Composer with the Digger

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SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great tool to help illustrate your technical documentation. One of the features that helps do this, which we will cover in this blog, is the ‘Digger’. The Digger is similar to the Magnifying Glass in SOLIDWORKS but has many more options. Here, we will look at what those options are. To get started, it can be found on the Home tab, or simply by hitting the space bar. The Digger will pop up on the screen, […]

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Using Mate Controller, SolidWorks Configurations, and Composer to Create Easy Animations for Your Technical Publications

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Using the SolidWorks Mate Controller, and the new functionality in Composer 2021, I am able to create quick and easy animations for my downstream technical publications. As I assemble my design, I continue to work with the mates I know and understand. I also use mates like Distance, Angle, LimitDistance, LimitAngle, Pathmate, Slot, and Width to help control the locations of my movable components. These same mates mentioned above are also used by SolidWorks’ Mate Controller. The Mate Controller tool […]

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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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