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3DVIA Composer: How to Set the Default View that an SMG Exported to PDF Opens To!

When exporting an SMG project to PDF, you may want to have a certain view (of many in the project) active by default when the PDF is opened. Before exporting the file to the PDF format, the “Launch in View Mode” option needs to be turned on. Go to File -> Properties -> Document Properties…

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How to Show BOM Info in the SOLIDWORKS Composer Assembly Tree

In SOLIDWORKS Composer it’s possible to show the columns of the BOM in the Assembly Tree area.  This can help to show which properties have been filled in, at a glance.  Follow the images below to setup BOM columns. The following dialog will then appear.

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Time Saving Tip: Find the Exploded Steps of Each Component

The Exploded View in SolidWorks works pretty nice. Not only it is very easy to define each explode step, but once defined, they can be modified on the fly. Just select one of the explode steps from the configuration manager/ feature tree and the components affected by it will be highlighted. Moreover, a blue arrow will appear,…

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How to display SolidWorks 2011 models on your iPhone and iPad

Have you ever wanted to share a 3D model you have built, but you are not around a computer… it does happen! Well, you can now use the 3DVIA app from iTunes.

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3DVIA Composer: Using Curve Detect Mode

Occasionally when trying to move actors to make an exploded view, you may run into a situation where the default directions that the “Gizmo” offers you to move the actor do not match what is needed in reality.  See the example below. Desired view

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SOLIDWORKS Composer – Exporting Views for reuse in other assemblies or projects

In SOLIDWORKS Composer it is possible to export and import the views you have created. For example, if you have a composer assembly where you have created a few views and you are using the same model in another composer assembly rather than recreating the views all over again, they can be exported from one…

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3DVIA Composer Create a Walkthrough animation using Fly Through

A quick way to create a walkthrough style animation in 3DVIA Composer is by using the Fly Through Mode tool and capture various “stops” along the way.  Here’s how: 1. Go into animation mode in Composer. 2. Set the timebar in the timeline at the zero mark. 3. Start the Fly Through Mode tool.  It…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Assembly Selection Methods

SOLIDWORKS Composer Assembly Selection Methods

In SOLIDWORKS Composer we have different selection methods to either select a sub-assembly or the parts within them when performing a function such as a translate. The difference is subtle but important. If we select a sub-assembly using the Assembly Selection methods, the translate (or other operation) is performed on the assembly actor.  Any component…

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How to insert additional bodies into 3DVIA Composer – Part 2

In a previous tip, a method of inserting additional bodies using the File -> Open dialog, was presented.  In this tip we’ll mention another way. To add additional bodies into a Composer document you can right-click at the top of the Assembly tree and choose: Product -> Add Products…

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