SOLIDWORKS Composer

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Restoring a Dismissed SOLIDWORKS Composer Message

In SOLIDWORKS, dismissed messages can be re-enabled individually.  In SOLIDWORKS Composer, it is possible to restore them, without the option to select individual messages. A SOLIDWORKS Composer message is dismissed by selecting the option ‘Don’t ask this question again.’: The next option selected in the same dialog (Update, Save or Don’t Save) remains in effect…

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How to create an Assembly Level BOM in SOLIDWORKS Composer

Just like SOLIDWORKS we can create a BOM that calls out sub-assemblies in the bills of materials of Composer assemblies. The SOLIDWORKS Composer Assembly BOM will have unique IDs that do not match other views. Follow the steps below to create an Assembly Level BOM: STEP 1: Click Assembly Selection Mode at the top of…

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Using SOLIDWORKS Composer as a Sharing Tool

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…

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SOLIDWORKS export options for a SOLIDWORKS Composer .SMG file

A common question we receive from customers with SOLIDWORKS Composer is: “What are the recommended export options when saving a SOLIDWORKS file to the SOLIDWORKS Composer .SMG file format?” Export .SMG file from SOLIDWORKS The following SOLIDWORKS export options are available effective with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP0. To export a SOLIDWORKS Part or…

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Export SOLIDWORKS Composer Ribbon Settings Workaround

SOLIDWORKS Composer Ribbon

Our customer Wilfred Doll from Horst Welding has found a workaround to export SOLIDWORKS Composer ribbon settings (limitation reported in SPR 653306: Create a wizard which can be used to copy registry settings, application preferences, default document properties, styles, profiles, UI customization).  Ribbon export workaround: I was able to export my ribbon settings from SOLIDWORKS…

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Create Documentation Content with SOLIDWORKS Composer 2018

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2018

SOLIDWORKS Composer is a fantastic tool for generating 2D and 3D visual content for use in product manuals, assembly instructions, and interactive web content. In 2018, these capabilities are taken even further with several great updates and enhancements. Import SOLIDWORKS display states, colours & textures When importing your CAD model from SOLIDWORKS, display state appearances,…

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Output SOLIDWORKS Composer images at the exact size with Paper Space

SOLIDWORKS Composer Paper Space

When generating outputs in SOLIDWORKS Composer it will often be required to generate specific sizes for our images. Outputting generic image sizes may require resizing and scaling of the images after the fact which will degrade the output images. Rather then having to resize our images after the fact, a preferred approach would be to…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Mouse Button Customization

SOLIDWORKS Composer Mouse Button Customization

When just starting off using SOLIDWORKS Composer one of the first questions I am often asked is “How can we customize the mouse movements?”. If you are a strong SOLIDWORKS Mechanical user, you will notice almost instantly that the SOLIDWORKS Composer default mouse movements are slightly different then the Mechanical movements.  Many users wish to…

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