Category Assembly instructions

Moving multiple parts with “Local Transform”


Composer has many useful functions to help your authoring processes faster and more enjoyable.

Select_instances - Copy
The first function I would like to introduce is “Select Instances” that can select all the same geometry referenced in several positions of the model.

Multiple_selection - Copy
With this function, you can select multiple instances with just one click.

Local_transformation - Copy
Then, select Transform > Multiple Gizmos and Local Transform.

Multiple_gizmos - Copy
Multiple Gizmos will display the axis arrows for each part selected in the previous operation.

This will visualize the direction of the possible part movements. Please note that the green arrows are directing outward for each tire.

Moving_parts - Copy
When you drag one of the green arrows, you can see that each part is moving to the direction indicated by the arrows...

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TodCast #22 Mirror geometry and animations


I literally just got off a web-ex with a customer that wanted to mirror a procedure to make let’s say a left hand/right version. I never did one of these before and thought I’d try it. When I figured out how easy it was I just had to share it with you guys.



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Step 2 - PlaysetThis post is a bit different from most as it relates directly to a recent experience in putting together a swing set for my children over the weekend.  This project started out with much excitement and even more of a commitment to get this project finished well before the cold winter weather comes to the Northeast.  Considering I have a background with 3DVIA Composer, I was confident that my predisposition led me to think that the directions for this swing set would be logical and well-planned…. as you can imagine probably it was disappointing and even more frustrating the further we got into this project...

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Cardiovascular Systems Inc. and SolidWorks Composer

Vascular disease has become a major health problem for more than 17 million people. Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI), is revolutionizing the treatment of vascular disease through the development of a disposable, diamond-coated catheter-based device…Read More