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SOLIDWORKS Composer Tech tips and Tutorials for creating technical documentation

How to get the best performance from SOLIDWORKS Composer

While carrying out technical support, customers report different types of issues related to SOLIDWORKS Composer performance in which Composer doesn’t behave normally. Most of these issues are graphics related; and many occur when a different version or service-pack of Composer is installed on a machine which resets all the performance options to default. Some of…

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How to import Product Manufacturing information (PMI) into SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer can directly import Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) data from SOLIDWORKS models. PMI conveys attributes that are necessary for manufacturing a product component. The attributes include geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T), datums, dimensions, Special symbols such as diameters and degrees and surface finishes. To import PMI data into SOLIDWORKS Composer: When SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies…

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How to embed SOLIDWORKS Composer files into Microsoft Word

SOLIDWORKS Composer data can be published into various external tools such as a PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and HTML. Sometimes when you want to show your content to other users who do not have Composer or the Composer Player installed on their machines, publishing it in a PDF or MS Word document is the…

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How to publish SOLIDWORKS Composer content in a PDF document

SOLIDWORKS Composer content can be published in a PDF document in three different formats: Universal 3D: This format displays as 3D data. SMG: displays an SMG file in an embedded SOLIDWORKS Composer player. Preview image: displays as a 2D image. In this blog article I will talk about the steps of how to embed 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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