SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer Tech tips and Tutorials for creating technical documentation

How to hide and show a BOM in SOLIDWORKS Composer Animations

Maximum opacity-BOM shown

SOLIDWORKS Composer geometric actors or collaborative actors such as a BOM can be shown or hidden in an animation. If once the actor is hidden it will remain hidden throughout the animation and if we try to show the actor, it will be visible throughout the animation. Hence, hide or show is not the right…

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How to create Multiple Animations from a SOLIDWORKS Composer Assembly

Save Root

SOLIDWORKS Composer is used to create the technical documentation or animations referring to the various processes such as assembling components. There is always a need to create multiple animations from the same composer assembly such as one animation could show the exploded position of the parts and then slowly assembling one part at a time…

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How to Speed Up a SOLIDWORKS Composer Animation Export

Delete unused keys in animation

SOLIDWORKS Composer can often take an extended amount of time to export animations as MP4. The main cause for the slow processing is due to the number of animation keys within the animation key track. There could be a lot of extra unwanted keys in an animation which do not serve any purpose in the…

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Copying or Moving animation keys in SOLIDWORKS Composer

While working with a SOLIDWORKS Composer animation, there could be cases when we have to copy or move the animation keys from one time-frame to another. Maybe there is a need to copy the location, opacity, material or event of an actor. By selecting a specific geometric or collaborative actor > Toggling ON “show keys…

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Searching the Help in SOLIDWORKS Composer

Greetings, users of SOLIDWORKS Composer! In our previous article we explained how to access the Help for SOLIDWORKS Composer. In this article, we explain how to get the keyword search function working in the Help.  The difference it makes in our productivity is like night and day when we can filter for results based on…

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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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