Here’s two quick ways to get the Digger tool in SOLIDWORKS Composer to generate a Detailed View that is in a different render mode than the main model:
The first thing you will want to do is to make sure the Render Mode is set to the Mode you want the Detailed View to be displayed in. The Render Mode is found in the Render Tab in the Ribbon. I used “Smooth” in this example.
Tip: A quick hot key to get the Digger tool is the Space Bar – just hit the space bar to active the Digger tool. You can make modifications to the Digger tool to get the image you want using the available controls. Once the image is ready, click “Capture Picture in 2D Image” to save it.
Then in the Ribbon > Render Tab, you can change the Render Mode again. The Detailed Digger View will maintain the original Render Mode, and the main model will absorb the new Render Mode that has been selected. I changed mine to “Technical”.
There is a second way we can have varying Render Modes for the Detailed Digger View and main model: use the command “Update Views with Selected Actors”. The command allows any selected actor to be pushed into other views. Select the actor that needs to be pushed to a different view, then while holding [CTRL] to select the view you would like to send it to.
Now click “Update View with Selected Actors” to push the Detailed Digger View to the next view. This actor will maintain the Render Mode that was used during the creation of the 2D Image.
These are the two quick and easy ways to achieve getting those different Render Modes in the main model and the detailed Digger view. Be sure to check out our SOLIDWORKS Composer videos on YouTube for more handy tips and tricks like this, and let me know what you think in the comments below.