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


ISD Gives Welsh Companies The Edge With SOLIDWORKS CAD Solutions


Institute of Sustainable Design (ISD)

The Organisation

The Institute of Sustainable Design (ISD) in Swansea, South Wales, is a £4.7m ERDF funded project. Led by Dr Ian Walsh at University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), the team comprises business, design and technical advisors who work together to transfer the knowledge of the university and assist businesses in building up their capacity to undertake research and innovation.

By providing expert advice and support to qualifying businesses and individuals looking to develop commercially sustainable routes to market, ISD can assist them in developing design capacity within their business.

The Challenge

ISD has a very broad remit and needed advanced CAD solutions that could assist with a variety of industries, primarily in industrial design, automotive design and glass. They needed to scour the market for software that was easy to use and that could deliver a whole range of solutions on budget."

The Solution

In 2012, ISD bought four high-end workstations running commercial seats of SOLIDWORKS Premium, two seats of SOLIDWORKS Simulation, two seats of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation for Computational Fluid Dynamics, SOLIDWORKS Sustainability and two seats of 3DVIA Composer (now SOLIDWORKS Composer).

The Result

  • Seamless data translation reduced design cycles
  • FEA testing delivers better designed products
  • Improved prototypes aids significant savings in costs of materials
  • Accelerated prototype testing speeds up time-to-market
  • Design led businesses are more than twice as likely to see rapid growth
  • Design driven businesses outperform their peers by 200 percent

"Customers walk in and have the 'Wow' moment when they realise SOLIDWORKS can reduce their time to market and bring so much potential to their company."


In partnership with NT CADCAM, ISD run a variety of CAD workshops to introduce SMEs to the benefits of integrating digital workflows into their innovation process. "NT CADCAM workshops have been a great way to target so many different people at one time," explains Matt. "We have a wide range of clients coming to these workshops and any questions they have had, NT CADCAM have been able to draw on real life case studies that have worked in similar situations. We are demonstrating 3D CAD using SOLIDWORKS and NT CADCAM because we feel they can offer us expert knowledge and real examples of how to fully exploit the software and help make a significant impact to peoples' product designs."

Matt Bellis

Technical Officer for CAD and Prototyping Technologies