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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…

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How to customize the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Convert Task for unsupported file types

The default SOLIDWORKS Convert Task in PDM Professional (tasks are not available in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard) allows you to export to many different file types. Unfortunately, at this time, .smg files (for SOLIDWORKS Composer) are not one of the supported file types. However, the SOLIDWORKS Convert Task…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Animation Timeline Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS Composer like all other SOLIDWORKS products is constantly being improved from year to year.  One of the biggest enhancements for the 2016 release in my mind has been the improvements made to the animation timeline. In previous versions, the animation timeline had a limited number of…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Documentation Update Best Practices

Assembly Instructions

One of the greatest features of SOLIDWORKS Composer is the ability to update documents.  Imagine your technical documentation team generates a 100-page instruction manual.  Just days after completion, the engineering and manufacturing team makes some minor or major changes to their components and assemblies.  Does the…

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How to improve SOLIDWORKS Composer Digger Image Quality [VIDEO]

When using the SOLIDWORKS Composer Digger tool, you may notice that after capturing the image the quality of the digger image seems to be quite low.  The reason for this is due to the resolution settings as defined in WorkShops → High Resolution Image. In the image…

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SolidWorks Composer Digger 2D Image Quality

Digger Quality

The SolidWorks Composer Digger tool allows you to capture detailed 2D images. The quality of the captured image is controlled by the last used setting of the high-resolution image workshop. Watch the video below to learn how to control the image quality of the Digger…

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SolidWorks Composer Kinematic Link [VIDEO]

Kinematic Link

SolidWorks Composer does not support mates like SolidWorks and SolidWorks mates are not transferred to Composer during the import process. Mating relationships between actors must be re-created in Composer. In most cases, linear and rotational translations should suffice for animations.  Kinematic transforms can be used…

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How to Make a Camera to Follow an Actor in SolidWorks Composer [VIDEO]

Watch this video to learn how to add a camera and have it follow an actor. You can use this technique for generating walkthroughs.

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Texturing in SOLIDWORKS Composer [VIDEO]

Texturing in SOLIDWORKS Composer is not the same as in SOLIDWORKS. This is because a texture will always be placed on the Actor, based on how the Camera is angled. It is very important to make sure that the viewport is normal to the face to be textured. Watch this video for more information:

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