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 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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Make an Invisible Cube in Composer – Method 2

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The epic conclusion to our suspenseful Make an Invisible Cube in Composer – Method 1…. To set the scene, I had just show our standard method for creating a stunning moving camera by attaching a camera to a primitive and turning the opacity down.  Let’s jump back in. This is where the story usually ends, until last week’s training when my buddy Tommy said, “I can see the cube.” “LIES! DIRTY ROTTEN LIES!” I screamed as I stormed to where […]

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Rocket Science is Easy! The Build

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The previous two installments of this blog ‘Rocket Science is Easy!’ we learned how the rocket was designed, and how the rocket is predicted to perform.  With the third blog I wanted to do something a little different and include a video showing the assembly of the rocket.  In the video my sons Matthew and Henry help out with the build.  As the video progresses you will see that the cool factor of a rocket brought more curious kids from […]

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Addition by Subtraction in SOLIDWORKS Composer

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We have all heard the phrase ‘Addition by Subtraction’ before.  Often times it is referring to a sports team getting better by getting rid of a player that is bringing everyone else down (a strategy the Cleveland Browns regularly try to no avail!).  Well, SOLIDWORKS has applied that mentality to SOLIDWORKS Composer in 2016. If you have recently upgraded your SOLIDWORKS Composer license from 2015 (or earlier) to 2016, you may have noticed that you have one less Filter option […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer – How to create a Section View

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If anyone has taken a SOLIDWORKS Composer class, you’ve run across an exercise of this Solenoid Assembly in Lesson 5. If you look at the Built Parts folder, there is a view of a section view. How did they do that??  I have the answer……Cutting planes Cutting planes are located in the Author Ribbon Bar. To make a cutting plane, go to Create and select Create from the drop down.  Your cursor will now display a large Red arrow.   […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, and Simulation Installation

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, and Simulation Installation  What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now 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 of your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Custom BOM Table

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A little know option when creating BOM lists in SOLIDWORKS Composer is that you can add SolidWorks Custom Properties from the import as well as customize their column name in the BOM.  For example if you have created a standard BOM from within Composer, you will see something like this: Now if you edit the BOM Pane in Composer, you can Configure the Columns.  This allows you to make several edits to the file specific metadata as well as custom […]

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Get Design Changes To The Manufacturing Team Quickly With SOLIDWORKS Composer

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Quick – how long does it take you to get your design changes communicated to the manufacturing team? Your answer depends on many things, including stakeholders and workflow, but if the bottleneck is your documentation process, read on to discover a real-world example of how you can repurpose your hard-earned CAD data to also quickly provide manufacturing instructions. In the video below, Yaris Kabin shows us some output from SOLIDWORKS Composer. (Note they are using a touch-screen device on the […]

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Installing and Configuring SOLIDWORKS Composer 2013 SP2.0 on a NETWORK License

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A couple of you SOLIDWORKS Composer users have been asking lately how the new network licensing work does? Well it works just like the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager, because that is what it is using. Same tools, same process, one important thing. You must have your network license manager on SOLIDWORKS 2013 sp2.0 to use that activation base network licensing and the newly release SOLIDWORKS Composer 2013 sp2.0. Below is a YouTube video that shows this process on the server and client side of […]

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