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 Solves Big Optics Challenge for Adlens



The Company

Adlens is an innovative designer and manufacturer of variable focus eyewear. Established in 2005, the company has offices in Tokyo and Boston, with its headquarters and R&D facility based in Oxford

The Challenge

Adlens has been using SOLIDWORKS to design variable focus glasses since 2005. It now wanted to develop this technology to aid a more fashionable range of self-focus glasses. The challenge was to incorporate this technology into a more fashionable frame with non-round lenses and this was compounded by the fact that the principal designer Paul Masser was a former Pro/E user and new to SOLIDWORKS.

The Solution

As a Creo superuser converting to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, Paul found there were many similarities in the basic CAD modelling principals that he could assimilate quickly. The bigger challenge was in finding out how to achieve comparable 3D functionality in the SOLIDWORKS framework and fast. 

By booking a SOLIDWORKS Design Review with NT CADCAM, Paul was able to have a SOLIDWORKS Elite applications engineer come on site, meet the team and help identify any issues to boost user productivity. Working with the engineers at NT CADCAM, Paul was able to find successful work arounds that meant his team could get similar results by using a combination of methods including insert parts.

The Results

  • Validate best CAD practices
  • Future Proof processes for scalability
  • Ease of 3D system transition
  • Cost effective FEA
  • Adlens design is the first major advancement in optics in over 50 years

“I was a Pro/E diehard so I was surprised to find after the initial pain of converting to SOLIDWORKS that I actually preferred it.”

"The Design Review was a great sanity check, it helped us validate that we were using best practice within SOLIDWORKS."

Paul Masser

Principal Designer, Adlens