Describe, document and communicate your products in a whole new way: SOLIDWORKS Composer (formerly 3DVIA Composer) enables companies to more effectively communicate complex product details to create high-quality technical communications such as parts manuals, assembly instructions and training manuals, as well as interactive animations by non-engineers. With its easy-to-use product approach, SOLIDWORKS Composer streamlines the creation of 2D and 3D graphical contents for product communication and technical illustrations.

SOLIDWORKS Composer allows non-technical users to create associative 2D and 3D product collateral directly from your 3D CAD data.


  • By making use of existing product designs SOLIDWORKS Composer enables you to generate material earlier which is then kept up to date automatically, helping to lower costs and speed time to market.
  • Initiate technical communications and product manuals earlier in the design process utilising content from 3D model
  • Automatically update all content as designs change, reducing rework and bringing your product to market faster
  • No CAD experience required - free up engineers to focus on what they do best
  • Clearly communicate complex products and procedures visually and comprehensively
  • Work natively with existing SOLIDWORKS design data, such as visual attributes, file properties and assembly hierarchies
  • By using the power of 3D, manufacturers can produce technical production communications that ensure customers and partners understand and retain information more effectively
  • Use 3D interactive animations, 2D line art images (SVG, EPS, CGM) as well as high-resolution raster images (BMP, JPG, PNG and TIF files) in marketing collateral, sales proposals and support materials to show your product before manufacture
    Complement tools such as Microsoft Office, Adobe, PDF and HTML software

Using SOLIDWORKS composer, anyone can quickly or easily create:

  • Exploded views
  • High resolution, fully rendered images
  • Interative BOMs
  • Interactive storyboards
  • Vector graphics and raster graphics
  • Shaded illustrations
  • Silhouette, wireframe and flat renderings
  • Video animations



Cardiovascular Systems, Inc

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc develop and commercialise solutions for treating peripheral and coronary vascular disease.

Improving the Treatment of Vascular Disease with SOLIDWORKS Software


Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

The Company 

Vascular disease has become a major health problem for more than 17 million people. Whether the buildup of arterial plaque occurs in the extremities, known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), or in the blood vessels surrounding the heart, known as coronary artery disease, it constricts the blood flow, threatens the health, and compromises the lifestyles of its victims. Angioplasty, the traditional treatment of the condition, involves the use of a balloon on the end of a catheter to infl ate blood vessels. However, this method is not always eff ective, particularly in removing the calcifi ed plaque that is oft en the primary source of the problem.

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI) is revolutionizing the treatment of vascular disease through the development of a disposable, diamond-coated, catheter-based device. Utilizing the principle of centrifugal force, CSI’s device orbits the interior wall of the artery at speeds of 200,000 revolutions per minute and grinds away up to 90 percent of the plaque creating the obstruction—a procedure known as orbital atherectomy. A new version of the Diamondback 360® OAD System, which is cleared by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in limb arteries, will begin clinical trials for the treatment of coronary artery disease in 2010.

The Challenge

Develop, commercialize, and manufacture  clinically proven, safe, and effective medical devices for the treatment of vascular disease.

The Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS design, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium analysis, and 3DVIA Composer technical communication soft ware to accelerate development, streamline manufacturing, and garner regulatory approvals.

The Result

  • Reduced development time by 25 percent
  • Cut manufacturing costs by 20 percent
  • Introduced eff ective treatment for removing arterial plaque
  • Improved health and lifestyles of vascular disease patients

"We are also using 3DVIA Composer to create animations of new designs for consulting physicians to show how the product will inject, travel, and work."

Christopher Narveson
Design and Engineering Services Manager