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SOLIDWORKS Composer, An Introduction

A 3 hour project based approach to learning the basics of SOLIDWORKS Composer

The goal of this course is to teach the main concepts needed to quickly come up to speed with SOLIDWORKS Composer. The course is designed around a SOLIDWORKS assembly of a remote controlled VW Bug. The car is imported into Composer and used to create exploded views, BOM tables, detail views, balloons, labels, and animations. Publications will be generated in a variety of formats including technical illustrations, high resolution marketing images, AVI movie files, executable player files, and more.

***The videos are recorded using 2017 version of SOLIDWORKS Composer

*** FOR BEST RESULTS - PLEASE USE GOOGLE CHROME AS YOUR BROWSER***

Learning Methodology: The best way to learn is by doing. Use 2 monitors connected to the graphics card of your computer. Have one monitor (or mobile device) playing the video and the other monitor displaying SOLIDWORKS Composer. You can also have the video playing on a mobile device such as a tablet or smart phone if you do not have 2 monitors available. Work along with the video to complete the tasks discussed in the video. Pause, rewind, and play the video as necessary while you work along with the instructor. Repeat the process as many times as you wish.

Topics covered:

  • User Interface
  • Editing Properties
  • Updating and Renderings
  • Subassembly selection
  • Labels and Styles
  • BOMs
  • The Digger and the Root
  • Explode Lines
  • Detail Views
  • Instructional Arrows
  • Story Boards
  • Primitives and Pivots
  • Making a Video
  • Event Linking
  • Publications



Your Instructor


David Brown
David Brown

David Brown has over twenty years of industry experience in a wide variety of manufacturing processes and environments. Everything from consumer products, custom millwork, electronic card assemblies, and large steel weldment fabrication. His roles have included Project Coordinator, Applications Engineer, Sales Designer, Shop Supervisor, Project Cost Estimator, Production Technician, and has filled several Team Leadership positions. Using a variety of CAD packages, including over a decade of SOLIDWORKS experience, his projects include high end restaurant equipment, acoustical enclosures for theaters and performing arts centers, and personal projects including residential home improvement and musical instruments. In addition to industry experience, David has a passion for education and has taught students in elementary, high school, and college level courses, and brings his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the classroom.

David is currently a Training Engineer for Hawk Ridge Systems working out of our Beaverton, OR office. When he’s not teaching SOLIDWORKS, he’s at the beach, hiking in the mountains, or making music in his home studio.


Class Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you pay for it. It is a completely self-paced online video course giving you immediate access. The course access expires 1 year from the purchase date.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for 1 year - across any and all devices you own.
What does this course include?
This course includes access to the online self-paced video series course and the file sets to use with SOLIDWORKS Composer to follow along. This course includes An Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Composer training manual. We recommend you watch the video first as if it were a lecture. Repeat the steps of the videos using the file sets and SOLIDWORKS Composer software and pause the videos as needed.
Do I need SOLIDWORKS Composer software to take this course?
The video lessons are meant to be repeated and practiced. SOLIDWORKS Composer software is required to practice the content in the course.
Are there any discounts for this course?
If you are a Hawk Ridge Systems customer (with active subscription service on SOLIDWORKS), please email your Hawk Ridge Systems Account Manager and inquire about a discount for this course.

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