SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER : Creation of HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE using SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER

Creating a high-quality image of a product using Solidworks composer.

After creating an image, you can follow a few steps to transform it into different types of images and ultimately use it to create a video

STEP 1

  • As shown in the below image,
  • You directly import a SOLIDWORKS assembly file.
  • The left side bottom tab consists of various properties used to change the colors, background colors, camera alignment and a few other options to change the product looks.
  • At the top, you'll find additional options that provide various features we'll explore in the following pages.

STEP 2

Assembly, Collaboration, Views

  • Once the above points are done, as per the below image 
  • Three tabs (highlighted) will be present which consist of assembly, collaboration, and views.
  • In the Assembly option every subassembly can be selected and modified separately. In the model, the selected subassembly will be highlighted in the assembly tab in a shaded brown color as shown in the image.
  • Once selected we can hide others and work on the selected subassembly, or we can hide the selected subassembly and work on the other subassembly file.
  • The VIEW tab allows you to take screenshots. Will discuss about VIEW tab in upcoming topics.

STEP 3

TRIAD

  • A TIRAD option is to pull out the subassembly in any direction.
  • The image shows bolts selected.. Once selected, the left side tab shows the selected bolts with highlighted shaded brown color.
  • The software opens a pop-up with three colored triads for moving the selection.
  • Every color represents the XYZ directions. Selecting and dragging the colored triads will cause the subassembly file to move in that direction.

STEP 4

PATH

  • SOLIDWORKS Composer allows you to create an associative path using the "Create Associative Path from Neutral" tool.
  • A second image is the resulting image which shows where the removed bolt comes from i.e. neutral path.
  • With this option even in exploded view we find the origin of the removed items.

STEP 5

LINEAR DRAG

  • Linear drag allows you to drag multiple subassembly files simultaneously.
  • The only thing is that subassembly should be either vertical or horizontal.
  • Selecting subassembly files vertically or horizontally is necessary to maintain their removal process.

STEP 6

VIEWS

  • The VIEWS tab allows you to capture a screenshot, which can then be used to create videos.
  • Those videos show how to assemble the product and how to remove it at the same.
  • Every view will be different and showcase the process of the product assembling.
  • We will cover how to add various effects to views, including exploding parts, highlighting elements, zooming in for detail, and using diggers for interactive exploration..

STEP 7

HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE

  • With high resolution image option under the tab Home, A workshops opened at the right side.
  • A multiple options will be available like preview, Detail view, background options etc…are selected and saved according to requirements.

A machine with rollers on it

Summary

  • With these above-mentioned points we can be able to create high-quality images (VIEWS) using SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER
  • We will cover video creation and other topics in the next session.

Effective Data Representation with Metrics Readers

Metrics Reader is a cutting-edge application for public cloud dashboards that provides a range of essential features. With Metrics Reader, you can effortlessly generate charts based on your imported datasets, enabling you to gain valuable insights and analyse the data effectively. Additionally, this powerful tool allows you to compare multiple charts, empowering you to make informed decisions based on comprehensive visualizations.

Metrics Reader is compatible with 3DDrive, Social Analytics, and Potion for enhanced functionality.

When incorporating a Metrics Reader widget into your dashboard, it is essential to customize it with your specific data set to showcase a chart.

You can modify the settings of any Metrics Reader widget that you have personalized.

By importing your own data (.CSV or .XLS), you can analyse trends and uncover valuable insights through customizable charts and graphs.

The Task Shows:

  1. Select data type.
  2. Import data.
  3. Select Range.
  4. Customize.

1. Select Data Type:

  • Quantitative Time-series
  • Quantitative Series
  • Qualitative Series

Quantitative Time-Series:

Bring in a collection of numeric data gathered at consistent time intervals. We will closely examine the Quantitative time series.

2. Import Data:

There are three options for importing the data.

Cloud (One time upload):

This is a one-time upload process where you will need to enter your Login ID and Password in the File URL field.

Select the Cloud option and enter the URL of a file saved on the cloud. If access is limited, please provide your login information.

Note: Your 3DEXPERIENCE Platform requires Internet access if the URL you provided directs to an online resource.

Paste Data:

Select the "Paste data" option and then paste the data that you have copied from your clipboard.

Dropped file:

Choose the dropped file and effortlessly transfer a file from your 3DDrive (3DDrive is the storage application located on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. To draw a parallel, it functions similarly to Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Interestingly, these three programs can also be seamlessly integrated into 3DEXPERIENCE).

In addition, there is an advantage to editing the dropped file from 3DDrive, as it will automatically update the Charts.

3. Select Range

You have the option to choose a column and import the time zone, indicating the date column and the desired date format. Additionally, you can display the results as Sum, Average, Maximum, or Minimum.

4. Customize

Within the design tab, you can modify the sequence of your products using Forecast, Smooth curve, Linear regression, total, and time zone. Additionally, you can define the name and Source URL in the Credits tab before choosing the Chart type displayed in the image.

The personalized dashboard is utilized by millions daily to effectively monitor, customize, and share various aspects of their digital lives. Depending on your company's needs, you can choose from a variety of chart types and configure multiple metric readers on the desired tab within the dashboard. This ensures that all the essential data of your company is conveniently accessible on a single page.

Essentially, this tool can assist you in replacing the outdated process of manually analysing Excel files, which often results in errors and is quite time-consuming. Moreover, it can be conveniently accessed from any location, at any time, and on any device - all you have to do is log in to the platform to access it.

Difference between 3DEXPERIENCE Title and File Name

Learn how to manage files on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform using a 3DEXPERIENCE Title identifier in this blog.

As a SOLIDWORKS model, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform offers an excellent file management solution that makes sure all references are kept up-to-date, even if models are renamed or moved across multiple projects. SOLIDWORKS uses references to verify that all drawings, assemblies, and parts link together during parametric changes.

Windows File Management

The File and folder Name's that we've become use to is a unique Windows identification. It is the filename that is saved in various folders on the hard disk. The same name may appear in more than one file stored in different folders. If SOLIDWORKS PDM isn't used, then changing a file name or folder structure will unavoidably lead to file reference issues.

3DEXPERIENCE File Management

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform offers a different approach. All files are saved to a single local cache folder with unique file names, even though Windows still needs a file name to save a local copy to disk. The file name is no longer useful once it is saved to the platform.  It is actually unchangeable at this point. 

Now that we have a 3DEXPERIENCE attribute called Title, we can manage the naming. It is simple to rename this at any time. Organizing is done with the Bookmark Editor instead of storing things in different folders. References are not broken because the files are not renamed or moved to a different folder.

Differences in Terminologies

In the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, file management is referred to by a few terms. Here is a brief explanation, however the title is the primary and most important part.

1. File Name

This file's name is stored in Windows' local cache folder. The file is locked and cannot be modified once it has been saved to the platform. That prevents any references from being missed. Since Windows prohibits multiple files with the same name in the same folder, if two files with the same name were saved to the platform, the local cache may apply a unique file name (e.g., xcadmodel###.sldprt).

2. Name

A unique 3DEXPERIENCE identification, such as (prd-R###) is used to differentiate a product within a Collaborative Space.

3. File Title

This is a 3DEXPERIENCE feature that may be utilized for organizing your models. The CAD Family, physical products and drawing title are all included with this.

4. Title

This characteristic is also known as the Physical Product Title; it is basically the same as the File Title.

  • When a part or assembly has many configurations, the configuration name is added in the title to keep them unique, as in "Part123(Config123)".
  • In the case of a drawing, this might be the specific file title or the file title of the part or assembly that is being referenced.

5. Component Name

This is a unique SOLIDWORKS identifier that appears in the My Session app and provides the component's assembly instance number. This is related to the File Title.  Any modifications made to the File Title will have an impact on the Component Name.

Renaming the 3DEXPERIENCE Title

We can now rename the Title without affecting the SOLIDWORKS references because we know the file name will never change. By right-clicking on the top of the Feature Manager Design Tree and selecting Rename Title, you can change it.

Conclusion:

The ability to connect to dashboards, messaging, activity streams, communities, and drag-and-drop task management means everyone is on the same page directly from SOLIDWORKS.

Windows explorer has current limitation on cache file, which will be removed in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS. 

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS has an in-built data management solution to manage and organize your CAD and Non-CAD Data with the help of Bookmark editor.

SOLIDWORKS TASK SCHEDULER

In our day-to-day design lives, the designer spends lots of time taking a
number of pins, creating a drawing, and exporting and importing files. SOLIDWORKS
professional and premium offer to access the SOLIDWORKS task scheduler for helps
your productivity and work efficiently.
The SolidWorks Task Scheduler sets up tasks to perform at a future time. You
can use SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler for scheduling the job during off-peak hours.

PURPOSE OF TASK SCHEDULER

The Task Scheduler allows you to perform automated tasks on a computer.
you can schedule any program to run at any time for you.
You can access SOLIDWORKS TASK SCHEDULER in two different locations:

  1. Windows search > TYPE task > CLICK SOLIDWORKS task scheduler...
  2. In SOLIDWORKS menu bar, click Tools > SOLIDWORKS applications > CLICK
    SOLIDWORKS task scheduler...

SOLIDWORKS TASK SCHEDULER INTERFACE

The user interface helps to assign the task and verify the status, along with a
date and time. The highlighted area is the task lists.

The task details are given in the next picture, for more clarity.
NOTE: In scheduling time, your system must be in switch ON condition.

TASK LIST

In the task scheduler, the most commonly used tasks are given below:

a) Print files
b) Import files
c) Export files
d) Creating drawings

PRINT FILES

The print file task helps you save time and productivity. You can schedule
tasks to print drawing files in are specified type within a folder. You can specify
one or more files or folders, but you cannot specify both files and folders in the
same task. For example, A0, A1, A2, A3, and A4

Steps:

1) Click the print file in the task list.
2) Add a specific file or folder to print.
3) Click an option for printer setting.
4) Set the printer name, sheet size, and number of copies.
5) Set the scheduling date and time.
6) Click Finish for scheduling.
Note: your drawing sheet size and printer set size must be the same.

IMPORT FILES

You can schedule tasks to import Parasol ID, IGES, STEP, ACIS, VDAFS,
SLDXML and Rhino files into SOLIDWORKS part (*.sldprt) files. You can import
individual files or all files of a specified type within a folder.

Steps:
1) Click the import file in the task list.
2) Add a specific file or folder to import.
3) Click an option for import type.
4) Set the import option for your need.
5) Choose your file output location.
6) Set the scheduling date and time.
7) Click finish for scheduling.

EXPORTING FILES

You can schedule tasks to export SOLIDWORKS documents into other
formats. You can export individual files or all files of a specified type within a
folder.

Steps:

1) Click the export file in the task list.
2) Choose your export file type in the drop-down.
3) Add a specific file or folder to export.
4) Click an option for export type.
5) Set the export option for your requirement.
6) Choose your file output location.
7) Set the scheduling date and time.
8) Click finish for scheduling.

CREATE DRAWINGS

You can schedule tasks to create drawing files for the SOLIDWORKS part
and assembly files. You can create drawings for individual files or all files of a
specified type within a folder.

Steps:

1) Click creates drawings in the task list.
2) Choose your drawing template with a predefined view.
3) Add a specific file or folder to export.
4) Choose your file output location.
5) Set the scheduling date and time.
6) Click Finish for scheduling.
Note: create a drawing template with a predefined view for proper drawing
creation.

Create Drawing Templates in Minutes: Leverage Predefined Views in Your SOLIDWORKS CAD Workflow

The world of product development is constantly evolving, and innovative tools like 3D Product Architect (PAU) are pushing the boundaries of Solidworks. This powerful software empowers users to create and modify complex product structures without the need for dedicated design software. This translates to a more inclusive development process, allowing even non-designers to contribute to product visualization and refinement. With 3D PAU, digital mockups become a breeze, fostering earlier collaboration and reducing the number of design iterations required. Let's delve deeper and explore the exciting functionalities of 3D PAU and how it can streamline your product development journey.

PREDEFINED VIEW

The predefined view in SOLIDWORKS is the easier way to set up the
orientation of our models like the front view, top view, right view, and an
isometric view. Additionally, configure the model dimensions, display style,
and scale.

Streamline Drawing Creation with Predefined Views

Predefined views are a built-in feature in popular Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software like SolidWorks. They offer a faster and more efficient way to generate standard views of your 3D models, such as front, top, and right side views.

This blog dives into how you can leverage predefined views to create drawing templates, saving you significant time and effort in the long run.

Building Your Predefined View Template

The core of this technique lies in creating a template that incorporates your preferred view orientations, dimensions, and annotations. Here, we'll walk you through the steps involved in building your own predefined view template:

  • Choosing the Right Template and Sheet Size: We'll discuss selecting the appropriate base template and sheet size for your drawings.
  • Inserting Predefined Views: Learn how to easily insert standard views like front, top, and right side views using the predefined view options.
  • Customizing Annotations and Dimensions: Explore the options for setting annotations and dimensions within your predefined views.
  • Saving Your Template: Discover how to save your customized template for future use.

Benefits of Predefined View Templates

By investing time in creating predefined view templates, you'll reap numerous benefits:

  • Increased Efficiency: Significantly reduce the time spent on setting up basic views in your drawings.
  • Standardized Drawings: Ensure consistent layout and presentation across all your drawings.
  • Reduced Errors: Minimize the risk of errors by pre-defining critical annotations and dimensions.

Leverage Predefined Views for a Smoother Workflow

Predefined views offer a powerful approach to creating drawing templates in SolidWorks. implementing this technique, you can significantly boost your productivity and ensure consistent, high-quality drawings for your projects.

CREATING A PREDEFINED VIEW

STEP-1: Choosing drawing template and sheet size.

Choosing drawing template and sheet size - Solidworks

➢ Click New > Template > Drawing > Click OK.
➢ Select the sheet size > Click OK.

STEP-2: Placing the predefined views on the drawing sheet.

➢ In the command manager, click Drawing > Choose a predetermined
view.
➢Begin by placing the first predefined view onto the drawing sheet.
➢ Select the front view as the orientation on the property manager tab.
➢ Set the annotation on the property management tab and choose import
and design annotations from the drop-down menus.
➢ Set the first view by clicking OK.
Note: The same procedures apply for the top view and right-side views as
well.

 Placing the predefined views on the drawing sheet - Soidworks

STEP-3: Placing the flat pattern views on the drawing sheet.

➢ In the command manager, click Drawing > Choose a predetermined
view.
➢ Place the predefined view in the necessary location on the drawing
sheet.
➢ Select the flat pattern view as the orientation on the property manager
tab.
➢ Set the annotation on the property management tab and choose import
and design annotations from the drop-down menus.
➢ Set the view by clicking OK.

Note: In SOLIDWORKS 2022 version new features include the flat pattern
view, dimetric views, and trimetric views.

Placing the flat pattern views on the drawing sheet - solidworks

STEP-4: Set the marked dimension for drawing.

Set the marked dimension for drawing - Solidworks

➢Select the document properties option on the settings menu.
➢In the document properties drop-down select detailing.
➢ The dimensions marked for drawing should be turned on.
➢ To make the selection, click OK.

STEP-5: Review the final position of the predefined view

Review the final position of the predefined view - Solidworks

STEP-6: Save the predefined view as a template.

Save the predefined view as a template  - Solidworks

➢Click File > Save As.
➢ Save as type pick a drawing template from the drop-down menu.
➢ If the drawing template is selected as the save as type, it transports to
the location of the pre-set template.
➢ Click OK to save the template

Save the predefined view as a template  - Solidworks

STEP-7: Create a drawing of the model.

➢Open the part > select the drop-down on a new tab.
➢ Choose mark drawing from part.
➢ Pick the created predefined view.
➢Click OK to see the model detailing.

Create a drawing of the model  - Soliworks
Create a drawing of the model  - Soliworks

Final Result:

Result - Solidworks.

Note: The predefined view template was also used in the task scheduler to
increase productivity. Click Here for More Information.

Conclusion:

Using Predefined Views to build templates is an excellent method to
automate projected or regular views and make the most of your Solidworks
tools. To work smarter rather than harder, try incorporating Predefined views
into your workflow.

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