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


SOLIDWORKS Composer Hits The Right Note For Bowers & Wilkins


Bowers & Wilkins

The Company

Bowers & Wilkins is an award-winning British company producing high quality hi-fi equipment such as wireless music systems, loudspeakers and portable audio products. Based in Worthing, West Sussex, their range of speakers are often found in top-end studios such as Abbey Road, London and Skywalker Sound, California.

The Challenge

The graphic design team at Bowers & Wilkins had no way of manipulating 3D CAD data to produce their customer manuals and quick start guides. Their design workflow was restricted by the drawing office's availability that traditionally had to re-enter the documentation to create 2D formats of each requested 3D drawing.

Bowers & Wilkins wanted a way to speed up access to the engineering data, reduce the dependency of the design team on the drawing office and accelerate products' time-to-market.

The Solution

SOLIDWORKS Composer allows users to work directly from 3D engineering CAD data to make high quality illustrations and photorealistic images.

Although Bowers & Wilkins use NXD and files, graphic co-ordinator Katy Haylor was able to import them as 3D Step files into SOLIDWORKS Composer and work from the entire range of drawings, to get the exact images and angles she wanted.


  • Production of user guides up to 80 per cent faster
  • Improved design
  • Improved workflows
  • More effective time management


NT CADCAM arranged for a three-day training course at Bowers & Wilkins' London offices and Katy was up and running with the software straight away. "NT CADCAM has been very helpful. The training was good and the subsequent support has been great," says Katy. "No matter how small or tiny the issue - NT CADCAM would always come back to me with a working solution. They are always coming to us to arrange training sessions with more hints and tips. There is so much you can do with the software".

"SOLIDWORKS Composer has completely changed the way we can create our user guides. I am working more efficiently and accurately now and with the added benefits of animations and interactive PDFs creation, we are looking to advance our user guides in the future. At the moment we only scratch the surface with what the software can offer us, but so far it has proved invaluable."

Katy Haylor

Graphic co-ordinator, Bowers & Wilkins