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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 – Delete Empty Groups at Import

SOLIDWORKS Composer Delete Empty Groups

Ever imported models into SOLIDWORKS Composer only to find that some of the assembly structure is empty?  You might then be tempted to go through the assembly tree and manually delete those empty groups.  Fortunately, this cleanup just got easier! A new enhancement in 2021 for SOLIDWORKS Composer and SOLIDWORKS Composer Sync is the ability…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 – Highlighting of Invisible Actors

SOLIDWORKS Composer Highlight Invisible Actors

A new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021, and the latest Composer Player, is the ability to automatically highlight invisible actors contained within the selected assembly. This can be very useful for keeping track of what is and what is not included in the assembly.  The option is turned on by default in File > Preferences:…

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How to rename the BOM column heading in SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer BOM heading

In SOLIDWORKS Composer the BOM columns can be configured and various properties and meta-properties can be added as new columns in the Bill of Material. The existing property names can also be renamed, by following the steps below: Step 1: Firstly, make sure the BOM tab is shown on the left-hand side pane of the…

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Why is a Colour Property change not applied to an Animation after SOLIDWORKS Composer document update?

While working with SOLIDWORKS Composer assemblies (.SMG) there are always cases where SOLIDWORKS designers make some changes in the source model. To avoid the re-work of creating all the views and animation again in a Composer assembly you can update the Composer document. This update process could include: Existed part removed/deleted from assembly New part…

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How to enable BOM Model Highlighting in SOLIDWORKS Composer

When we publish images from SOLIDWORKS Composer specifically Technical Illustrations, it allows us to save .SVG type images and upon opening the images in a web browser we can easily identify corresponding parts in the model by hovering the mouse pointer over line items in the BOM. However, when we are working with an assembly…

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Unable to access SOLIDWORKS Composer User Guide or Help document?

Every now and then SOLIDWORKS Composer users report that they can’t access the SOLIDWORKS Composer user-guide/help document through SOLIDWORKS Composer window > Help > Help Topics, and by default Composer tries to open the HTML help document through the default browser, in my case I use Google Chrome. Here is the result I get when…

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SOLIDWORKS Rx now included with SOLIDWORKS Composer

Until SOLIDWORKS 2019 SOLIDWORKS Rx used to get installed automatically by default only with SOLIDWORKS installation. And now in SOLIDWORKS 2020, SOLIDWORKS Rx now supports SOLIDWORKS Composer and installs by default when SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 is installed. When we have different sorts of issues with Composer — for example performance issues, the Problem Capture tab…

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How to change the SOLIDWORKS Composer Viewport Ground

When working in SOLIDWORKS Composer you will notice that there is a Dassault Systèmes logo on the SOLIDWORKS Composer Viewport Ground by default. If you want to remove this, or change it to something else you can. To access the SOLIDWORKS Composer Viewport Ground properties: Through Collaboration Tab: On Collaboration Tab > Expand Environment > click…

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How to create a Section View in SOLIDWORKS Composer?

SOLIDWORKS Composer Section View

Section views are created to see the internal cross section of the model or peer inside the model — without moving or hiding any geometry. Normally, we create the section view in a SOLIDWORKS 3D model with the Section Tool from the Heads up view toolbar, and in SOLIDWORKS Drawings using the section line. In…

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