Javelin / TriMech Author

Matt Campbell, CSWE

Clone the SolidWorks Mouse Buttons Functions in Composer [VIDEO]

Starting with SolidWorks Composer version 2013x the mouse buttons can be assigned the same functions as in SolidWorks. Watch this video to learn how to do that. Your fingers will thank you for it!  

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How to Make a Camera to Follow an Actor in SolidWorks Composer [VIDEO]

Watch this video to learn how to add a camera and have it follow an actor. You can use this technique for generating walkthroughs.

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Texturing in SOLIDWORKS Composer [VIDEO]

Texturing in SOLIDWORKS Composer is not the same as in SOLIDWORKS. This is because a texture will always be placed on the Actor, based on how the Camera is angled. It is very important to make sure that the viewport is normal to the face to be textured. Watch this video for more information:

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Importing SolidWorks Files with Textures in Composer [Video]

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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SolidWorks Composer – Easy Way to Rotate Actors [VIDEO]

I have to credit this trick to Scott Lidgey. When you are rotating an actor in Composer, you can control the amount of revolution and make sure it rotates at a constant velocity. The trick to this is to click on the triad when you go to rotate and do not drag it. You will notice the property task pane ask you how many degrees. Now you can type any number you want and the actor will rotate that over time. I have created a video show this process.

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SolidWorks Composer – Exporting Your Project [VIDEO]

Once you have finished your project in SolidWorks Composer (for this example, images for a user manual), you might need to send your images for approval before you export to Microsoft Publisher or Adobe InDesign. You can send your project as an .exe file. This means whoever is looking at your project does not require SolidWorks Composer or the Composer player, and you don’t have to raster out your images either, saving you time. Watch this video to learn how.

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3DVIA Composer – Exporting Multiple Views [VIDEO]

In the video below, I am going to export all of my views using the High Resolution Image workshop.

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3DVIA Composer – Creating Raster Images with Transparent Backgrounds [VIDEO]

In the video below, I am going to show you how to take a view and export it with an transparent background.  

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Rotating Textures in SOLIDWORKS Composer [VIDEO]

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In this tech tip video I am going to show how to use the texture workshop to rotate and pan your textures in SOLIDWORKS Composer.

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Rotating Textures in SolidWorks [VIDEO]

In the video below I am going to show how to manipulate textures in SolidWorks. You can also learn how to rotate textures in 3DVIA Composer.

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3DVIA Composer – Using Glow [VIDEO]

In the video below I am going to use glow to give the illusion that the light bulbs are on. I downloaded this model from 3DVIA.com : http://www.3dvia.com/models/0AFCED0012243608/chandelier-barocco

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3DVIA Composer: Rotate Actors [VIDEO]

In the video below, I am going to show you how to rotate an actor when the pivot point is not in the ideal spot. The tools that I use are under the “Transform tab”. http://youtu.be/57ibfs1Ns_M

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How to Change SOLIDWORKS Composer BOM Colours [Video]

In this video I am going to show you how to change BOM colours using SOLIDWORKS Composer 2012x.

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Custom Colour Silhouettes

You can highlight aspects of your image by creating an .svg with Technical Illustrator in 3DVIA Composer.

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Adding an Image/Decal to your Model in SOLIDWORKS Composer

When creating an image of your product for marketing or instruction manuals you will probably want to add your company logo to the model (referred to as an actor). A SOLIDWORKS Composer decal can be added as long as the logo is in Bitmap, Jpeg,…

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