PDM & Composer: Create, Review And Publish Documentation In a Snap

By Tim Paris on

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) solutions are ideal to help you keep your project data organized and the latest version available for multiple teams during development. SOLIDWORKS Composer is used to create digital materials, documentation and technical publications all with the intent of giving customers and company stakeholders a better understanding of your product information earlier in the design process, lowering costs and speeding time-to-market. In this blog article, we look at how SOLIDWORKS PDM and SOLIDWORKS Composer work together to create more accurate output while saving more time when compared to a traditional product development workflow.

How Is SOLIDWORKS Composer Used?

In a typical project workflow, an engineer creates a design which goes through a validation and review process. Once the design is validated, a person from the technical publication department reviews it and creates their own version that is placed in another document (Publisher, Word, etc.). All the while, engineers are making revisions and updating these documents, which are static, and the original documents are no longer valid.

Understanding the Faster Composer Workflow

A workflow in Composer allows you to create a digital material based off a 3D design. As the workflow progresses, engineers and technical designers can refresh their design and can see all the different views of the file. With SOLIDWORKS you can create interactive content and the best part is that your documentation will be created in parallel along with your design. This eliminates the traditional serial process where you needed to finish a design before any documentation could be started.

SOLIDWORKS Composer Workflow

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Integrating Composer With PDM

Usually, all or most of the files created using Composer can be managed within SOLIDWORKS PDM. You can also use documents already in PDM to create your Composer documents, all while being controlled within PDM. Composer is another one of the file types that PDM is designed to manage.

SOLIDWORKS Composer comes with a PDM add-in and within this toolbar are all the needed tools and features that allow you to work within PDM while authoring content from Composer. It uses Windows Explorer as its open file dialogue, very much like the Microsoft Office Suite, and you can navigate just as you would in Windows Explorer. You can open assemblies into Composer and search for PDM files within the Composer interface. The search pops up right inside the software so you can conveniently find what you need.


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Checking in your changes without having to close the file is a real time-saver, it allows for quick version snapshots before major changes. Being able to rollback or fetch previous versions can be a critical part of your process. That process now is a quick button click. You can even change workflow states and see the data card, right in the SOLIDWORKS Composer interface.

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