Using the 2D Image Workshop is a great time saver in SOLIDWORKS Composer, but the 2D Image Library that come with SOLIDWORKS Composer doesn’t come with an extensive available library. Not to worry – these images can be created using SOLIDWORKS Composer!
To create the images, you’ll want to open your part or assembly document in Composer. Be aware that if you are opening a larger assembly it will take a few minutes to convert over to a SOLIDWORKS Composer document.
You’ll want to change your Paper Space in the Properties Pane. I recommend doing a User Defined, and typing in a 1/1. This allows you to square up the Paper Space for a cleaner 2D Image.
Then place the model in the view that you are looking for your 2D Image. I have chosen to use a Power Drill for my Custom Component. On the Home tab in the Ribbon, I used the Align Camera feature to get the correct orientation of the model.
The next step is to decide what Render Mode is needed for the 2D Image; to change it, look on the Render tab in the Ribbon. I switched mine to ‘Silhouette’.
The outline of the ‘Silhouette’ render mode shows up thin; this can be adjusted in the properties. Make sure to box select around all of the geometry that you want a thicker edge to appear. Then in the Properties Pane, adjust the Outline Width to be 3.000 points.
Now that the Image is set up the way we want for the 2D Image Library, I’m going to use the High Resolution Workshop on the Workshops tab in the Ribbon to save this image. I will use all default settings, and just click Save As. Place this in the default folder location for images, you can create a folder here for custom images as needed.
|Install Directory:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\Composer\Images|
I recommend saving as a .bitmap file, this seems to produce the best quality for the 2D Image library. Now the image is saved and in the correct location, it is ready to utilize!