SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer Tech tips and Tutorials for creating technical documentation

Controlling the Display of Hidden Edges in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021

Now in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021, the visibility of hidden edges can be controlled, when we select or highlight elements. We can define the colour and intensity used to display hidden edges whereas this wasn’t possible in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020. To control the visibility of hidden edges follow the steps below: In the Default Document Properties/Default…

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Control Visibility of Invisible Actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021

Hidden Actors Composer

In SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 we can control the visibility of the actors that are invisible in the viewport when selected. As hidden or invisible actors have their visibility turned off and sometimes when we show them in the viewport, it’s difficult to locate if the geometry-actor is shown when the assembly is large and we…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 – Sharing (Default) Document Properties

SOLIDWORKS Composer Document Properties

New in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 is the ability to share Default Document Properties across different computer systems!  This allows us to create a company standard for the default document properties.  With this powerful enhancement, we find two new buttons in Default Document Properties: Loading and Saving Document Properties Once you have selected the desired settings,…

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Multiple Configurations in a SOLIDWORKS Composer File

SOLIDWORKS Composer Configurations

In SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 it was really time-consuming when we had to work with SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies that have multiple configurations. When we exported the parts and assemblies from SOLIDWORKS to a .SMG file (composer file), we were only allowed to export one configuration at a time. Similarly, when we imported parts and assemblies…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 – Delete Empty Groups at Import

SOLIDWORKS Composer Delete Empty Groups

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…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 – Highlighting of Invisible Actors

SOLIDWORKS Composer Highlight Invisible Actors

A new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021, and the latest Composer Player, is the ability to automatically highlight invisible actors contained within the selected assembly. This can be very useful for keeping track of what is and what is not included in the assembly.  The option is turned on by default in File > Preferences:…

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How to rename the BOM column heading in SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer BOM heading

In SOLIDWORKS Composer the BOM columns can be configured and various properties and meta-properties can be added as new columns in the Bill of Material. The existing property names can also be renamed, by following the steps below: Step 1: Firstly, make sure the BOM tab is shown on the left-hand side pane of the…

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Why is a Colour Property change not applied to an Animation after SOLIDWORKS Composer document update?

While working with SOLIDWORKS Composer assemblies (.SMG) there are always cases where SOLIDWORKS designers make some changes in the source model. To avoid the re-work of creating all the views and animation again in a Composer assembly you can update the Composer document. This update process could include: Existed part removed/deleted from assembly New part…

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How to enable BOM Model Highlighting in SOLIDWORKS Composer

When we publish images from SOLIDWORKS Composer specifically Technical Illustrations, it allows us to save .SVG type images and upon opening the images in a web browser we can easily identify corresponding parts in the model by hovering the mouse pointer over line items in the BOM. However, when we are working with an assembly…

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