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: Speeding up selections in Composer

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Speeding up selections in SOLIDWORKS Composer   There are many functions that can help speed up your workflow in SOLIDWORKS Composer, I want to talk about one called Selections Sets. Selection Sets have been in Composer since day one but I don’t come across many users taking advantage of them. They allow you to repeatedly select a defined group of actors with one click of the mouse. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because Selection Sets were added […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Transform Tips in Composer

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Transform Tips in SOLIDWORKS Composer   SOLIDWORKS Composer has some very easy to use tools to create exploded views; the Translate and Rotate tools on the Transform tab come to mind. There are others, but those two are the main ones used and what I’d like to talk about.     In this example, I’m beginning to capture views to document the disassembly of the rotor head of this RC helicopter. You can see that when I select an actor […]

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3DVIA Composer is Becoming SOLIDWORKS Composer

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It's official, 3DVIA Composer is being re-branded as SolidWorks Composer. “What does this mean to me and why the need for such a change?“ is a very logical question. Well for starters, moving forward, there will be one annual release, followed by multiple service packages consistent with the SOLIDWORKS release schedule. This means that you will now be able to upgrade your CAD and technical publication tool simultaneously. So, the next major release will be SolidWorks Composer 2014 launched with […]

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Register for the SOLIDWORKS Webcast Series – June

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The Equinox – Shorten your day with SolidWorks DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH Please join our local technical experts for our monthly complimentary Webcasts as we introduce our family of solutions, and outline benefits of our products for your business needs. When registering, be sure to list Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI) as your SOLIDWORKS Reseller.   Friday, June 15th – 12 PM ET/11 AM CT Premium Ideas to Shorten your Work day Presented by: Jeff Osman Area Technical Manager Get […]

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Register for an upcoming SOLIDWORKS Event: SOLIDWORKS What’s New, Simulation, Enterprise PDM, 3DVIA Composer

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We have a variety of FREE SOLIDWORKS Webcasts coming up in March.  If you would like to learn more about SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Simulation, 3DVIA Composer or SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, register for one for the sessions below. Topic Date Time Register SOLIDWORKS 2012 – What's New Webcast March 6, 2012 2:00pm — 3:00pm CT Register SOLIDWORKS Simulation Webcast March 12, 2012 2:00pm — 3:00pm CT Register CATIpult Webcast: SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Integration Best Practices March 15, 2012 12:00pm — 1:30pm CT […]

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Leverage your 3D CAD data to create technical documentation

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Now you can leverage your 3D CAD data directly to your product documentation. Create dynamic technical materials like interactive assembly instructions and powerful marketing tools that win new business. SOLIDWORKS Composer is simple, intuitive interface gets you up and running quickly–no CAD experience required–and works seamlessly with Microsoft®, Adobe®, and other popular software. When design changes occur, you can update graphics automatically, keeping documentation and engineering on the same page. Watch this short video to learn more.

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Streamline Product Documentation With 3DVIA Composer – Part 7

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Part 7. Conclusion As manufacturing organizations strive to identify ways to save time, cut costs, and improve their competitiveness in global markets, mining the value contained in their product design and 3D CAD digital assets holds great potential for substantially improving productivity. By automating downstream product information publishing functions—ranging from assembly, manufacturing, and field-service instructions to product documentation, training, and marketing materials—your company can realize shorter times-to-market, improved operational efficiencies, and better quality documentation. Manufacturers that use an integrated documentation […]

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Streamline Product Documentation With 3DVIA Composer – Part 6

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Part 6. Creating vibrant, exciting marketing content and web-based catalogs Because CAD data enables you to create imagery for print and online marketing purposes with a 3D authoring tool, it is an incredibly valuable asset. Many manufacturers spend millions of dollars annually on professional product photography to present and market their products when a more cost-effective, high-resolution, CAD-derived image could satisfy the same need. Some media, such as television and magazines, always will require live-action video and photography. However, the […]

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Streamline Product Documentation With 3DVIA Composer – Part 5

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Part 5. Publishing effective training materials The ongoing development and publication of product training materials—for customers, new employees, and global partners—is another area where the repurposing of CAD design data can pay big dividends for today’s manufacturers. Because the native CAD files serve as the single source for all product content, using a 3D authoring tool to customize training materials for specific groups is far easier and more efficient than crafting these materials independently. This capability is especially useful—you can […]

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