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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
3DVia Composer 2013x The latest version of 3DVia Composer was released on December 10th, just in time for the holidays. As we all wished for, it is full of new enhancements and features that will make our documentation that much better. The following highlights topped the list but these are just some of the new additions. To see all of the changes, please read the release notes from the getting started workshop. Import Profiles Import Profiles simplify setting the import […]
Well if all things go right, Solidworks is telling us that 3DVia composer 2013X will be released on December 10, and it looks like there will be some great enhancements for us. Here are just a couple of the enhancements that top the list: 1. Multiple web browser support. This means that we will no longer be limited when publishing our data to the web. Supported broswers are Internet Explorer and FireFox, and limited support of Chrome and Safari. 2. […]
Join us on Friday November 9, 2012 from 8:30am-9:30am Central Time for a Webinar to show you how. Register HERE. Whether you are creating screen captures from your CAD system or taking digital pictures of prototypes. The process requires that you wait for the engineering work to be completed before work begins on the renderings or pictures for the technical communication. We will compare these processes and have a look at how 3DVIA Composer can help you get started while […]
Raster Images in SOLIDWORKS Composer (3DVIA) The high resolution image workshop in 3DVIA Composer gives you more control over your image quality. You can assign the size of the image, the amount of pixels, the file size, and many other qualities about your image. Enhanced rendering effects can also be applied by turning on a checkbox or two. Background transparency is also an option so that images can be overlaid on each other or on top of text. There is […]
An in depth look at designing complex products: Workflow Opportunities with SolidWorks DATE May 4th, 2012 Learn from our experts how the SOLIDWORKS product portfolio seamlessly integrates the process of designing complex products from concept through production, to the end user. Optimize designs for performance, manufacturability and even environmental requirements Analyze design iterations at the earliest stages of product development Avoid time consuming and expensive re-tooling work Minimize manufacturing cycle times while maximizing molded part quality Get your products to […]
While working on a recent support call, I have learned of a new setting in the default settings that will allow a user to set the default display mode to View rather that Camera mode when opening the 3DVIA Composer software. This can be found by entering the Default Document Settings options, Selecting Project, and checking the option for View Mode. This is a great setting so we do not have to manually change the view each time.
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.