Articles by: Matt Campbell, CSWE

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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Black Background in SOLIDWORKS Composer .SMG export

On occasion you will notice that when you export your .smg file and preview it, it will have created a SOLIDWORKS Composer black background. This is obviously not ideal. You will generally only see this happen when you are exporting and have colour region turned…

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Linked Values in SolidWorks 2012

SolidWorks 2012 changed how you create linked values. The new process takes a little longer than the old way. The benefit to the new way is that what is linked is clearer to different users because it is in global variables. You will see in the following video that I set the value as a variable, then link dimensions to that variable. They say a picture is worth one thousand words, so I hope a video is worth one million. EDITOR’S NOTE: SW has restored the Linked Values tool from the right-click shortcut menu as of SP1 so the method demonstrated in this video is only necessary if you’re using SW2012 SP0.

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3DVIA Composer: Creating Fast and Easy Renderings

For this blog post I am going to show you how to take existing CAD data and render it using 3DVIA Composer. For this example I am going to use a model that already has texture on it. The first thing I am going to…

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Help! I Can’t See My Model in SOLIDWORKS!

When providing technical support to our customers I see this issue a fair amount among new users. They cannot see their part on the screen but the feature tree is still visible, and if they click on a feature they can see a silhouette of the…

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DriveWorks: Fast Way to Copy Rules

While working on my DriveWorks Solo Certification, I was shown a really fast way to copy existing rules into new rules. It is faster than CTRL+C (copy), CTRL+V (paste).

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Updating Your SolidWorks Files to 2012 Format

This is the season to upgrade your SolidWorks from 2011 to 2012. A good practice is to convert all of your models to 2012 too. This will save you from having to convert an old assembly later on, which is helpful if you are working…

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