SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer Tech tips and Tutorials for creating technical documentation

Adding an Image/Decal to your Model in SOLIDWORKS Composer

When creating an image of your product for marketing or instruction manuals you will probably want to add your company logo to the model (referred to as an actor). A SOLIDWORKS Composer decal can be added as long as the logo is in Bitmap, Jpeg, Tara or RGB format. To add the logo (texture) to…

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Black Background in SOLIDWORKS Composer .SMG export

On occasion you will notice that when you export your .smg file and preview it, it will have created a SOLIDWORKS Composer black background. This is obviously not ideal. You will generally only see this happen when you are exporting and have colour region turned on. There is a workaround for this! Go to File…

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Changing the default Viewport Ground in SOLIDWORKS Composer

When working in SOLIDWORKS Composer you will notice that there is a Dassault Systèmes logo on the SOLIDWORKS Composer Viewport Ground. If you want to remove this, or change it to something else you can. To change the image to one of your own, go to: File > Properties > Default Document Properties > Viewport. Just below the…

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3DVIA Composer: Creating Fast and Easy Renderings

For this blog post I am going to show you how to take existing CAD data and render it using 3DVIA Composer. For this example I am going to use a model that already has texture on it. The first thing I am going to do is adjust the lighting. I prefer to create custom…

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3DVIA Composer: Configure Multiple Users to Use Shared Server or Library Location

This tip is especially useful for users with a Floating Composer license! If there are multiple users of 3DVIA Composer that would like to share a common library location, it’s not obvious how to go about configuring them all to do this.  With a bit of text editing and copy/pasting, it’s fairly straighforward thankfully. First…

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3DVIA Composer Plug-in for SolidWorks: How to Configure Default Export Settings?

For those users of 3DVIA Composer that periodically need to ask a SolidWorks designer to export files into the native Composer file type, this tip is for you! This is a very specific scenario where the users of SolidWorks do not have 3DVIA Composer installed on their machine, but they do have the Composer plug-in installed to…

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Licensing of 3DVIA Composer

Licensing of Composer is done though a FlexLM license service which is very common in the software industry.  All licenses of Composer are Node-locked to a computer “MAC” address (even Standalone ones).  Activation is common with SolidWorks but not Composer.  Whether you have a Standalone or Network license type, the “Media Access Control” address or…

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Install tips for SolidWorks Composer

When installing SolidWorks Composer there some things that are good to know before you start the install.  Here is some background information.  If you visit the SolidWorks Composer download page through the SolidWorks Customer Portal, you’ll find that there are a few choices.  We’ll go through what these are.  See image below:

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Hey….Marketing and sales guys….Sell Virtually – Market Reality!

Psst, hey you…come closer. Don’t tell anyone, but did you know that some of the best marketing material you could possibly have to work with for your company, is in fact right under your nose? Look down there. Down the hall. No, no, not the water cooler in the corner, the door beside it. Yes,…

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