How to Replace the Viewport Compass with your Company Logo

Have you ever wanted to replace the boring viewport compass with something else like your company logo?


First import your 3D Company logo (if you have one) into Composer and then save it as a Project (.smgXml), this will create a geometry file (.smgGeom) for your logo.
To select the compass, click Environment > Compass in the Collaboration pane. You can also select the compass in the viewport by dragging a selection box, but only if the compass is the only actor selected.
In the Properties pane, go to Geometry path and search for the logo geometry file location (i.e companylogo.smgGeom).
Just like the Compass tool, it will rotate when you rotate the model around. However, you cannot change camera views by clicking the compass. Only the default compass is clickable. The compass will always be grey because geometry files do not contain properties. Hint: you can also replace the Compass with the same model in the Viewport to better visualise the orientation.


John Lam is an Applications Engineer at TMS CAD Centre, a SolidWorks Value Added Reseller in Scotland. You can read more from John on the TMS CAD Centre blog.

TMS CADCentre is a SOLIDWORKS Reseller based in Scotland providing CAD Design Software, analysis software & product data management software. Founded in 1981, TMS CADCentre is the only UK SOLIDWORKS Reseller based and funded within Scotland and have been providing SOLIDWORKS software, training and support since 1996 when the product was first launched in the UK.