SOLIDWORKS 2020 Installation Guide Part4 – 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 Composer 2019 Enhancements

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It’s hard to believe that SOLIDWORKS Composer has been part of the 3DS product suite for almost 10 years now. The enhancements continue to grow with each new year’s release, and 2019 was no exception to that statement. One of the simplest and most user-friendly examples of this is the ability to Lock a View. As we use Composer to create countless detailed views of our SOLIDWORKS designed content, the accidental update of a view has probably reared its ugly […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Composer 2017 – Moving Actors Precisely

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 – Moving Actors Precisely   Recently I presented a SOLIDWORKS Composer Hands-On session at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles, California. One of the common questions from this session was, “How do I move actors to an exact distance away from their current position?”   Well the task is actually very easy but not the most intuitive to start. So here is an example on how to do this task. We start with an imported assembly:   […]

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Make an Invisible Cube in Composer – Method 1

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Recently I was teaching a Composer class during which we were discussing how to make walk through videos by using Composer’s “Attach Camera ‘Move-With’ (Rigid attachment)”.  If you’ve been to our class you know how we teach it.  If not it’s your lucky day.  I’m going to walk through the way we usually capture awesome videos walking around an environment quickly without adding a bunch of camera keys. Create a primitive inside Composer Grab the initial position of the primitive […]

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Keeping Shop Floor Information Up to Date with SOLIDWORKS Composer

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Recently, at 3DVision Technologies, we have launched anew “How to Solve” webinar series highlighting topics such as SOLIDWORKS PCB, and how to create complex design features by using patterns in SOLIDWORKS. These webinars are designed to show you ways to make you BETTER, FASTER, and SMARTER and will take place on the first three Wednesdays of the month at 10:00 AM. This week, I talked about keeping shop floor information up to date using SOLIDWORKS Composer. Check out a recording of my webinar […]

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Trick or Treat With SOLIDWORKS

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Every year around this time the focus of nights and weekends turns to one thing, the kids Halloween costumes.  Even though the kids only wear them for a matter of hours, days and weeks of preparation go into making them a success.  This year my two year old Henry wanted to be an “airplane”.  This proved to be harder than just a pilot costume.  I figured Henry could be both.  Everyone I talked to had an idea for the costume.  […]

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Automatic Handling International Inc.

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Automatic Improving Engineer-to-Order Production with SOLIDWORKS Solutions Automatic Handling International, Inc. is a worldwide manufacturer of custom handling and packaging systems, serving leading companies in the pulp and paper, tissue and towel, nonwovens, fiberglass, agriculture, stone, and steel industries. With a mission of continuous internal and external improvement, Automatic Handling helps its customers improve efficiency while reducing costs by integrating the latest technology with proven machine designs. The company brings the same focus on efficiencies and cost reductions to its own machine development, manufacturing, and assembly operations. In 2002, […]

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Automatic Handling International Inc.

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Automatic Improving Engineer-to-Order Production with SOLIDWORKS Solutions Automatic Handling International, Inc. is a worldwide manufacturer of custom handling and packaging systems, serving leading companies in the pulp and paper, tissue and towel, nonwovens, fiberglass, agriculture, stone, and steel industries. With a mission of continuous internal and external improvement, Automatic Handling helps its customers improve efficiency while reducing costs by integrating the latest technology with proven machine designs. The company brings the same focus on efficiencies and cost reductions to its own machine development, manufacturing, and assembly operations. In 2002, […]

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How to Mirror Parts in SOLIDWORKS Composer

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Recently, I was contacted by a customer that was struggling with creating an opposite-hand version of a part in Composer and wanted to know if it was even possible. The engineers had only provided him with one side; however, both a left-hand version and a right-hand version of the component existed.Composer *can* do this utilizing the “Symmetrize” function. Symmetrize makes the geometry symmetrical according to the desired point, plane, or axis.  Simply select and copy your geometry, then select “Symmetrize” […]

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SolidWorks Composer: Animations in a Snap! [VIDEO]

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While SOLIDWORKS Composer offers incredible tools to create complex animations, sometimes a simple video will suffice. Many times, I have found that just a basic animation can help to convey the most complex ideas, concepts, and designs – and they’re really pretty easy to create! In this example, we will look at a basic fireplace shovel; however, the assembly can be as simple or complex as it needs to be. Start by capturing a view of your assembly, centrally located, […]

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