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Import Files Into SOLIDWORKS Composer Without Installing SOLIDWORKS

By Mark Peterson on October 24, 2016

In 2014, SOLIDWORKS released SOLIDWORKS Composer, a tool that design companies use to leverage their 3D CAD data from any source to develop assembly instructions, end-user manuals and intriguing animations.

One of the many benefits of leveraging SOLIDWORKS data is that you don’t need to have SOLIDWORKS installed to do so. Simply install the free SOLIDWORKS Translator.

Here’s how:

Step 1

For an already existing SOLIDWORKS Composer installation, go to the Windows Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features. Select your SOLIDWORKS Installation and click “Change."

At the Welcome screen, choose “Modify the individual installation (on this computer)” and click “Next”. If you’re installing SOLIDWORKS Composer for the first time, insert your SOLIDWORKS DVD and choose “Individual Installation."

 SOLIDWORKS Composer Installation

Step 2

Your serial number shouldn’t need to be changed, so click “Next” at the Serial Number screen.

 SOLIDWORKS Composer Installation

Step 3

At the Product Selection screen, expand SOLIDWORKS Composer and make sure to check the box for “SOLIDWORKS Translator."

 SOLIDWORKS Composer Installation

Step 4

Continue to follow the prompts until the Installation Manager is finished.

You are now ready to run SOLIDWORKS Composer and import SOLIDWORKS files!

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