By working directly with 3D CAD data, Composer helps illustrators and writers create high-quality 3D images and animations quickly. It repurposes 3D across your organization, providing a universal “language” that eliminates misunderstandings, helps you work faster, and reduces translation costs.
Even though SOLIDWORKS Composer is not a drafting program, it still allows you to insert dimensions in your projects, for the times you’d like to show size or position in the instructions. To add a dimension select the appropriate type from the Author tab in the ribbon. In this example, I’ve added a diameter dimension to […]
In this video blog learn how to efficiently control the locations of geometry actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer with Intelligent Views. We create Intelligent Views that record the location of the actors at various set positions. Intelligent Views like these are great for things like independently controlling the exploded steps of an assembly and configuring the locations of […]
With product deadlines there are a million things to get done, only time to do a thousand of them, and hard decisions have to be made. And since technical illustrations, assembly instructions and customer manuals are among the last things to get made for a design, it’s no surprise we see lot of manuals with […]
As a long term SOLIDWORKS user I recently took on the task of learning SOLIDWORKS Composer. Here are 5 things I learned along the way that I wish I would have known from the start! Double Click background to “Zoom Fit All”. Unlike SoildWorks there is no easy hot key (F in SOLIDWORKS) that will let […]
User manuals can be easily updated and improved by just doing a few key things. In this vlog we discuss how imagery and instructions work hand in hand and how SOLIDWORKS Composer allows for easy creation and updating of user manuals.
When updating a fileset within SolidWorks Composer, it is important that the Document Properties used for the initial creation of fileset are set identically for the update. This seems like a simple enough task, especially if yours is the only Composer installation in the house. In a multiple-user environment, however, this task can be a […]
This post was directly inspired by a post of the same name on Kathy Sierra’s “Creating Passionate Users” blog. Even though Mrs. Sierra ended that blog in 2007, I find myself using the ideas from that blog at least once a week at CAPINC, and you can read the great original post here. Kathy’s point […]
So some of our customers have to occasionally deal with translation issues of their technical publications, either for their customer instructions or even earlier, in the assembly stage. This is reasonable, since only 5% of the world speaks English, 12% speaks Chinese, and 62% speak “Other”, meaning none of the major languages you could name. […]
SolidWorks Composer enables you to easily repurpose existing 3D design data to rapidly create and update high quality graphical assets that are fully associated with your 3D design. SolidWorks Composer Users can routinely create technical documentation parallel with product development, simplifying the process and accelerating presentation ready materials. Synchronize technical communication with your design process […]
So we talk to a good number of customers about improving their internal pubs to reduce assembly errors and assembly time, and usually, the customer’s work instructions start off looking something like this: That’s the image the assembler has to use for all twenty steps of the installation process. And that little thing squished down […]