SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER


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    SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019: New Authoring Tools and PDM Integration

    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 15, 2018

    SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 not only has modernized icons for enhanced visibility, but the command search has been added and the ribbon to make it easier to find and run and command. This is especially helpful for new commands like select adjacent parts to include neighboring parts in our selection. We can run selected adjacent multiple times in a row to get additional actors of interest and the updated status bar gives us instant feedback on our selection.

    To recall a previous selection, we can use selection sets but digging through too many selection sets can be costly. With SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 however, we can further organize selection sets and hot spots by creating groups.

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      What's New in SP3.0: Import SOLIDWORKS BOMs Into SOLIDWORKS Composer

      Sean O’Neill by Sean O’Neill on May 26, 2017

      A few weeks ago, I was teaching a rather large SOLIDWORKS Composer class. It was comprised of ten students, all hailing from one of our larger customers. With each passing lesson on how to make their product assembly instructions more decipherable and their product exploded views much quicker/lighter, I couldn't help but notice them giving those "where have you been all my life" eyes.

      While discussing bill of materials (BOM) tables, one of our more actively-involved students asked a very intuitive question: "Can we import our bill of materials from our SOLIDWORKS files into SOLIDWORKS Composer?" My answer then was different than my answer today because of a great timesaving enhancement to SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 SP3.0.

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        Technical Communications Come to Life with SOLIDWORKS Composer

        Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on May 19, 2017

        Today, visual images are more important than ever. Just because a physical prototype of a product design isn’t available, doesn’t mean your training materials, assembly instructions, marketing and sales collateral should be put on hold. With SOLIDWORKS Composer you can start producing a range of technical communication graphical assets earlier in the product design process, helping to lower costs and speed time-to-market.

        Even nontechnical roles can use SOLIDWORKS Composer. The easy-to-use tools let you work directly from 3D CAD data to create associative 2D and 3D deliverables that automatically stay up-to-date with the latest design changes.

        Keep reading to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Composer and check out our recorded webcast "How SOLIDWORKS Composer Improves Technical Communications."

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          Getting Vector Graphics with Depth from SOLIDWORKS

          Sean O’Neill by Sean O’Neill on January 13, 2017

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          When I first came across the “Cartoon” feature in SOLIDWORKS, I admit: I was a bit stumped on how to best utilize the tool.

          While there are several ways to use this appearance mode, I stumbled upon a pretty neat way to use it for a recent graphic project I was working on. My goal was to extract a clean piece of vector art for use in an Adobe Illustrator design of a t-shirt. I wanted the t-shirt to feature a 3D printer churning out a worm gear part.

          If you’ve ever seen a worm gear setup, you’d know that the worm in the gear setup is helical in nature. I didn’t feel like attempting to draw the curves in Illustrator; I felt it’d be much more suitable if I could somehow extract exacting geometry from SOLIDWORKS.

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            SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER TIP: Mirroring Parts in Composer

            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on July 15, 2014
            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" to create a mirrored version.

            I've prepared an example in the short video clip below.

            Remember: it's the little things!

            For more training and tutorials on the many 3D CAD Modeling solutions in the SolidWorks family of products and add-ons, register for an upcoming Event or look into our SOLIDWORKS training.


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            SolidWorks Composer: Animations in a Snap!

            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 5, 2013
            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, and in its original state. Then, utilizing "Translate-Explode-Linear," Explode it into separate components. Then systematically go through each component, restoring its neutral position and subsequently capturing its original position creating views. Once you've restored all of the components to their original position, you are ready to create your animation.

            Expand your timeline and pin in place. Then simply drop each view onto the timeline in one-to-two second intervals to create your animation. Remember, you can select segments of time, copy, and invert to show the process in reverse.
            Above is a short video that illustrates the process. Give it a try and remember: It's the little things!

            For more training and tutorials on the many 3D CAD Modeling solutions in the SolidWorks family of products and add-ons, register for an upcoming Event or look into our SOLIDWORKS training.


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            Something New in 3DVIA Composer V6R2013

            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on May 25, 2012
            The newest version of Composer was released on Monday (5/21/2012).  One of the cool new features is the Image Library workshop, which contains stock images that you can drag to the viewport to create image 2D panels. For example, use the screwdriver images to illustrate assembly and dis-assembly operations. You can also navigate to folders containing your own .bmp, .jpg, .tga, or .rgb images from the Image Library.

             

            3DVIA Composer V6R2013

            I tried it.  I like it a lot!

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