SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 – Delete Empty Groups at Import

Article by John Lee, CSWE updated October 22, 2020


Ever imported models into SOLIDWORKS Composer only to find that some of the assembly structure is empty?  You might then be tempted to go through the assembly tree and manually delete those empty groups.  Fortunately, this cleanup just got easier!

A new enhancement in 2021 for SOLIDWORKS Composer and SOLIDWORKS Composer Sync is the ability to automatically delete empty groups during the import process.  This will help de-clutter the assembly tree by removing empty assembly structure, saving you that cleanup time so that you can focus more on creating content.

The setting is a document property found in File > Properties > Document Properties > Advanced Properties > OUTPUT > IODeleteEmptyGroups.  In order to take advantage of this functionality, you will want to ensure that this property is enabled.

Delete Empty Groups SOLIDWORKS Composer Setting

Delete Empty Groups Setting

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John Lee, CSWE

John Lee is inherently lazy in that he prefers to work smarter - not harder. A CSWE with fifteen years of experience using SOLIDWORKS and a background in mechanical design, John has used SOLIDWORKS in various industries requiring design for injection molding, sheet metal, weldments and structural steel.