In SolidWorks Composer, the add-in Path Planning will help with animating an actor for moving from point A to point B. The power with Path Planning resides mainly in the fact that it will not allow the actor to contact any other actors in the environment. This will allow you to create very complex animations without having to key-frame every movement.
This video shows how the add-in Path Planning works in Composer:
In the video below I will give you an example on how easy it is to create styles in Composer. This will allow you to have a company standard on how everything looks and feels with the images you create.
When you create video with SolidWorks Composer the intuitive way to export it is to use the video workshop and export an AVI file. This method is fast but you lose the alpha channel. If you use the default background you will see lines instead of a smooth transition of the colours.
The solution is to use the High Resolution export and choose multiple with the video export option. This is what I use. The result is a better looking video, but it involves a few more steps. When choosing the frames per second rate (I use 30 frames per second) do not worry if you will end up with tones of Jpegs. Because SolidWorks Composer runs on Windows you probably have the Movie Maker program already installed(it comes free with Wndows 7). Upload your files to it and then export you video in one of several different file types.
Watch this video for a demonstration of this procedure:
Making clear and concise assembly instructions for your products is always a challenge, but with SolidWorks Composer you can create interactive digital instructions that do not require accompanying written descriptions, allowing your customers to see rather than read how your product is assembled. Plus if your product is going to be used in different countries then the adage of ‘a picture is worth a 1,000 words’ is even more prevalent if the picture does not require translation into different languages.
If you have been working with SolidWorks Composer you will notice that when you import a file you lose any textures that the SolidWorks files might have had. You still get all the colouring though.
There is an easy way to get SolidWorks files into SolidWorks Composer with textures. That is to save your file as a 3D XML file. If you do a Save As in SolidWorks you will see this as an option. The Composer can import this and will keep the assembly file structure. This is a great workaround if you are making marketing material. The only drawback is you lose the meta data so this file type is no good for creating BOMs.
Watch this video to see a step-by-step demonstration of this workflow:
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