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


Taking Airdrop Assembly Instructions to a New Level with SOLIDWORKS Composer


Wamore, Inc

The Company

Delivering payloads of up to 42,000 pounds from cargo aircraft to the ground via parachute can be a risky proposition. Ensuring that airdropped payloads arrive intact and on-target requires the expertise of a manufacturer like Wamore, Inc. The Arizona company’s products support the US military in active combat theatres and range from Air Guidance Units (AGUs) and inertia reels to parachute release systems and soft landing airbags.

The Challenge

Create easier-to-understand airdrop system assembly instructions more efficiently and without having to wait for the appropriate production phase to capture photographic images.

The Solution

Implement 3DVIA Composer technical communications software to automate the development of assembly instructions as part of the design process.

The Results

  • Shortened assembly instructions development time by 85 percent
  • Improved informational quality of assembly instructions
  • Updated assembly instructions automatically with design changes
  • Reduced assembly questions on shop floor substantially

"It was much easier to create work instructions for the shop floor and I had much more flexibility in terms of not having to wait on a particular phase. With 3DVIA Composer, I can do what I want to do when I want to do it"

Mark Gerhart
CAD Specialist