SolidWorks Composer

Easily repurpose existing 3D models to rapidly create and update high-quality graphical assets that are fully associated with your 3D design.

SolidWorks Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer software enables you to easily create 2D and 3D graphical content in a quick and timely manner. SOLIDWORKS Composer lets you work directly from 3D CAD data to create high-quality models, photorealistic images, and interactive animations. Shorten your production times, minimize overhead, and surpass the competition with SOLIDWORKS Composer.

Fundamentals of SW Composer - SOLIDWORKS

Which SOLIDWORKS Composer package is right for you?


SOLIDWORKS® Composer allows you to quickly create 2D and 3D graphical content to clearly explain and present your product or process. The tools let you work directly from 3D CAD data to create high-quality illustrations, photorealistic images, and interactive animations, and to import design data.

SOLIDWORKS Composer Player Professional

Interact with 3D content using SOLIDWORKS Composer Player Professional. It includes all the features of the SOLIDWORKS Composer Player, but also enables you to interrogate a model, adjust the viewing angle, and rotate/pan/zoom in real time. You can also use custom APIs to customize the Player.

SOLIDWORKS Composer Sync

SOLIDWORKS Composer Sync creates a batch conversion process from 3D CAD and other 3D formats into SOLIDWORKS Composer format. Changes in product data or manufacturing information can be automatically updated to SOLIDWORKS Composer deliverables. You can save batch job settings to XML for future use.

SOLIDWORKS Composer Enterprise Sync

SOLIDWORKS Composer Enterprise Sync is the enterprise version of SOLIDWORKS Composer Sync with additional features to update information for maintaining accurate product technical communication. Changes in product or manufacturing information can also be updated for SOLIDWORKS Composer deliverables.

SOLIDWORKS Composer Check

With SOLIDWORKS Composer Check, you can identify costly design errors by examining clearances and planning production paths before the products hit the shop floor, giving you instant validation for assembly procedures after a design change.


Feature Matrix
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CAD Format Support

SOLIDWORKS Composer supports a wide range of 3D CAD formats, including SOLIDWORKS, Pro/ENGINEER/Creo®, and Autodesk® Inventor, as well as neutral file formats such as STEP, IGES, and others.

Update Visual Content

Update content with the latest design changes (geometry, Bill of Materials (BOM) tree, metadata,and others.)

Faster Content Development

Work directly from 3D CAD data and create 2D and 3D graphical content in multiple formats, such as raster images (JPG, BMP, TIF, PNG); vector images (SVG, EPS, SVGZ, CGM); videos (AVI); and 3D interactive animations (3D PDF, HTML, SMG); executable package, (ActiveX control). Add annotations (auto balloons, BOM table, arrows, and detail views). Change appearances (hide/show, transparency, and colors).

Document Processes

Create step by step step-by-step procedures showing incremental components.

Create Animations

Create interactive storyboards by adding links to relevant views. Animate appearances and custom properties. Create keyframe animation by drag-and-drop views on timeline. Create interactive animations with markers and filter timeline keys for finer control.

Customize BOMs

Create a manufacturing BOM independent of an engineering BOM. Customize parts lists and properties for each view.

Automate Processes

Automate batch mode import of 3D files and publishing content. Automate document creation within existing workflow systems. Automate document translation by using custom XML programming.

Viewing Customization

View step-by-step interactive instructions with no additional user interface required. Rotate, zoom, animate, measure, view BOM, section (rights-controlled by author). Create custom applications to distribute internally or through a website.

Multiple Output Formats

Provide multiple formats for 2D output (such asBMP, PNG, EPS) and animation (such as AVI).

Keep All Product Information Current

Keep all graphical content and technical communication deliverables current.

Automatically Update Product Information

Minimize the time it takes to update graphical assets and critical design information. Automatically update metadata, geometry, BOM, and other manufacturing information.

Command Line Interface Accessibility

Use the interface of Sync and a command line interface to enable integration with PLM applications throughout your organization.

Check for Design Errors

Identify errors before products hit the shop floor giving you instant validation for assembly procedures after a design change.

Clash Detection

Interactive static and dynamic collision detection for service qualification and assembly procedures and path planning.

SOLIDWORKS Composer Quick Start Guide #1: Importing & Navigating CAD Assemblies
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SOLIDWORKS Composer Quick Start Guide

SOLIDWORKS Composer Demos

Full Grill Assembly Demo

Full Grill Assembly Demo

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Listed below, are some of the powerful features that SolidWorks Composer users benefit from. If you would like to know more or have any questions, please contact us.

SOLIDWORKS® Composer™ Technical Communication software simplifies the experience for your users by giving you the tools for faster, easier creation of graphical content that clearly and accurately presents your product—how it works, how to assemble it, how to use it, and how to service it.

Simplify creation of 2D graphical content directly from your CAD data for producing high quality technical illustrations that automatically update with design changes.

You work from your 3D CAD data, automatically keeping content up-to-date with the latest design changes—and without waiting for a physical prototype. The intuitive SOLIDWORKS Composer software enables even non-technical users to develop stunning 2D and 3D content quickly and more cost effectively.

  • Deliver best-in-class printed documentation using high-resolution shaded renderings with a three-dimensional appearance
  • Create interactive 3D animation so consumers can understand your product from the first look, rotate it, or move around it for a lifelike view
  • Show anyone how your product works, what it can do, or how to do it using universal interactive animations to remove the barriers of technical drawings
  • Help your customers and partners understand and retain information more effectively with high quality, interactive 3D communication
  • Quickly publish HTML pages, PDFs, Videos (including fly-through and walk-through), interactive storyboards, and interactive web pages

SOLIDWORKS® Composer™ Technical Communication software frees technical and marketing organizations from inefficient work flows by enabling them to: start creating product communications sooner, update them as the design evolves, and have them finished simultaneously with the product ship date. All too often, product documentation starts at the end of the development process, because technical publishers need to wait for a final CAD screen shot for the actual product for digital photography.

  • Create 2D and 3D graphical content during design using 3D CAD data
  • Update graphical content automatically as the design changes so documentation is accurate and ready on time
  • Maximize your 3D CAD investment by accessing your 3D model to create product communication from multiple departments in your company

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