SOLIDWORKS provides a slew of different ways to display your models, both in the modeling contexts of parts and assemblies and when either of those is brought into a drawing view. We use a combination of display styles and appearances to customize how things look, and for assemblies – and their drawings – we can do this for individual components. Some methods for doing so, however, are less obvious than others, but may be just as valuable.
This blog quickly explores a couple of those methods, specifically for the vise assembly below. We’ll say that we want to create an isometric drawing view which accentuates the mostly-obstructed base part pointed out below.
COMPONENT DISPLAY STYLES
In a sense, display styles may make the most sweeping changes to a model’s display as they can hide faces and edges entirely. Every SOLIDWORKS drawing view needs a display style, but if we use a catch-all display style for our assembly’s view we’re left only with the assembly’s appearances. We could, however, use a shaded display style and modify a particular part’s appearance in the assembly context, like something below.
This method comes with a couple caveats though. The appearance setup must be done in the assembly context, and the overall assembly display style must be shaded or shaded with edges – ie, only edge-type styles will perform the part-level override. This mea ns to “highlight” just a single component, all others must have an edge-only display to them – however this can easily be done en masse.
COMPONENT LINE FONT
An alternative method to emphasizing a part with the use of shading is to do so by emboldening model edges. Many SOLIDWORKS users know of the Line Format toolbar and also know that drawings have a Document Properties section for Line Thickness that applies document-wide. But a lesser-known option in SOLIDWORKS Drawings is Component Line Font, a dialog window launched through a component(s) right-click menu.
If we create a wireframe view with tangent edges removed, beefing up our base part’s line font gives the following.
A little bit cluttered at the moment, though, which will be the case when creating a lot of views. There’s no one-view-fits-all in SOLIDWORKS, but with all the customization options available there’s a lot of control over drawing view displays. For our vise assembly, I favored the combo below.