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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Exploring the Integration between Composer and SOLIDWORKS

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Exploring the Integration between Composer and SOLIDWORKS In a blog I wrote a couple weeks ago (https://www.cati.com/blog/2017/11/solidworks-composer-makes-2d-and-3d-technical-communication-easy-and-up-to-date/), I discussed the benefits of using SOLIDWORKS Composer and what it can help you accomplish.  In this blog today, I am going to discuss some of the ways that SOLIDWORKS Composer interacts with SOLIDWORKS CAD. There are two ways to get the CAD files into Composer from SOLIDWORKS.  The fastest way is to just do a Save As from SOLIDWORKS, and choose an […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer makes 2D and 3D technical communication easy and up to date

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SOLIDWORKS Composer makes 2D and 3D technical communication easy and up to date Companies put a significant amount of time and money into developing the products they sell.  It is important for them to be assembled correctly and quickly, and to provide a good first impression with the end user.  SOLIDWORKS Composer provides the tools to start creating product documentation earlier in the design process, keep it updated with design changes, and deliver it on time. Enhance product communication and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Sync– #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Sync– #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Composer Sync 2018 has added some new options and enhancements as well for this year’s update. First off is the new added support for favorite context in 3DXML files. Basically when you import 3DXML files that contain 3D Tolerancing & Annotation captures, Favorite Context is now supported. This will ensure that the visibility of geometrical elements is managed correctly, and will provided that the favorite context is defined on the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Composer Player – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Composer Player – #SW2018 There are two new enhancements to Composer PLAYER for 2018. The first one has to do with the interface and how measurement labels are displayed. A new section named “LABEL” has been created in the Properties pane for measurement labels. There are two new properties for labels included here, “Label Orientation” and “Label Position”. Also some of the previous existing measurement label properties have been moved into this new “LABEL” section […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Composer 2018 has some great enhancements which makes this year’s version much more powerful than years past. Let’s start with the new Property section for measurement Labels. This new setting allows users to manage the display of measurement labels. It contains two new properties, Label Orientation and Label Position: When this Label Orientation is set to Auto, you can see in the above image that you also get to choose […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Unblock Zip Files

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Unblock Zip File in SOLIDWORKS Composer I received a Zip file the other day with some SOLIDWORKS Composer documents and the HTML file that I needed to show someone. I unzipped the files and kept getting errors with the HTML file. After trying to load the HTML doc in chrome I tried a few more times with Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, but they each failed in their own way. Chrome gave me a Blank white screen, and IE gave […]

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