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Using Opacity property to hide and show actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer Animations

SOLIDWORKS Composer animations

While creating SOLIDWORKS Composer animations everyone uses the collaborative actors such as arrows, 2D text labels, digger views etc., to make animations more interactive and easier to understand. At some point you may want to hide some of these collaborative actors throughout the animation. NOTE: Hide/show will allow the collaborative actor to be either shown…

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How to search for commands in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019

Until SOLIDWORKS Composer 2018 the search command was located within the File menu. Now, in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 the Search command is available on the ribbon.   You can directly access Search to search for commands in the ribbon and recently used documents. On the ribbon, click in the Start Search box. Type the name…

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How to avoid updating views in SOLIDWORKS Composer by mistake?

The SOLIDWORKS Composer Lock View tool can be used to avoid updating a view by mistake. Once the view is locked it can be unlocked when needed. Views in SOLIDWORKS Composer do not just change the orientation of the model like SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. Views capture all the properties of viewport, zoom scale position, camera…

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Access and control backup file options in SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer Backup File Options

SOLIDWORKS Composer stores a backup of the original document before any changes are saved to the file. It is one version before the last saved version of the document. SOLIDWORKS Composer Backup file settings/options can be accessed through File > Preferences > Application Preferences dialog box opens > Advance settings. Autosave advanced setting: Automatically backs…

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How to create a Fade-in-out effect for Digger views in SOLIDWORKS Composer animations

SOLIDWORKS Composer Digger

The SOLIDWORKS Composer Digger tool lets you zoom parts of your model to show a detail view of complex geometry, you can change opacity, visibility, and capture a 2D image. Follow the steps below to use the SOLIDWORKS Composer Digger in animations and apply a fade in and fade out effect without using the actual…

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How to sync SOLIDWORKS Composer sub-assemblies with SOLIDWORKS

If you use SOLIDWORKS Composer in tandem with SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Design to generate the models, chances are that you have had difficulty updating the Composer file after an update in a sub-assembly. In this article,  we will explore a way to set up your Composer document so that you can update sub-assemblies within the Main…

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Creating a BOM with Part & Assembly Actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer

When working in SOLIDWORKS Composer, there might be a situation were the information that is being expressed in the Bill of Materials (BOM) come from both the part & assembly level. In the article ‘How to create an Assembly Level BOM‘, we learned how to get BOM items at the assembly level. Lets take that…

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How to place an Image (texture) on the cylindrical face of a Geometric Actor

If you are a SOLIDWORKS Composer user, you must have come across using textures within the views, whether that’s on the geometric actors or the background in the view port. In this article I will discuss how you can use your own logos or textures and apply them to faces of the geometric actors. To…

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Fastest way to create and edit properties of Explode Lines in SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer Explode lines indicate the path from the assembled position or the neutral position of an actor to it’s exploded position. These paths can be associative or non-associative paths. Associative paths are the paths that update when the geometric actors are moved after explode lines are created. Non-Associate paths are the paths that do…

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