SOLIDWORKS Composer is a fantastic tool for generating design documentation, be this through imagery, animations, or interactive web content. Did you know that it also works very well as a design sharing tool?
Consider the following, I’ve created a SOLIDWORKS assembly for a Miter Saw design that I’d like to share within my company and outside with potential customers:
- Full feature history on each part is not necessary, and
- I would like to showcase a few key aspects of the design.
Use Pack & Go
One way of sharing this information, would be to send the entire SOLIDWORKS assembly by using Pack & Go. This will bundle all the part, sub-assembly, and assembly files required into a zip file for us to send away. This gives us a zip file that is well over 100 MB in size! Ouch!
What if we were to use SOLIDWORKS Composer to share this file instead?
I’ve gone ahead and created a quick composer file showcasing a few key regions of the design, including hiding specific parts, zooming in on specific areas, and showing important exploded views. Saving this out as a SOLIDWORKS Composer file (.smg) gives us a file size of just over 3 MB! That’s much better!
We can now send out this single file (as opposed to a zip file of potentially hundreds of parts) to whomever we’d like to share our design with. They can open and view our design using the free-to-download SOLIDWORKS Composer Player. Not only can the design be opened, it can also be zoomed, manipulated, parts can be hidden, and the assembly can even be measured!
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