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SOLIDWORKS Composer Tech tips and Tutorials for creating technical documentation

How to change the SOLIDWORKS Composer SVG highlight colour

SOLIDWORKS Composer helps your organization, including nontechnical users, leverage 3D CAD data to create dynamic graphical content that clearly and effectively depicts even your most complex products. One of those contents are SVG images which are saved using the Technical Illustration within the Workshops pane. Most users want these SVG images to apply a different highlight colour,…

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Opening Large Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer works hand in hand with SOLIDWORKS CAD by converting part and assembly files to workable models for documentation. The process is relatively straight forward, but when working with SOLIDWORKS large assemblies, there are a few things to keep in mind when converting them to Composer (.SMG) files. Sometimes, large assemblies do not get…

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How to Import Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) Data into SOLIDWORKS Composer

Product Manufacturing Information in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Composer lets you re-purpose your 3D models for creating rich content to express processes and procedures in technical communications, such as manufacturing assembly instructions, product manuals, installation instructions, service manuals, training guides, marketing brochures, and sales bidding kits. With the SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 release, we can re-purpose even more of our work! We can…

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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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