Creating realistic looking 3D parts it’s only one of the reasons for applying different appearances on your models. Equally important is using appearances for creating selection groups which will increase speed and streamline the modeling process.
Since SolidWorks 2011 introduced the Display Manager users have been able to use appearances for selecting groups of entities. SolidWorks 2013 enhances this functionality by allowing users to copy and paste appearances at will. Moreover, applying “layers of paint” to components, parts, bodies, features or faces is easier than ever thanks to the new appearance targeting toolbar.
Watch this video for an example on how to create and use selection groups based on appearances.
Note: There is one more important enhancement for appearances introduced by SolidWorks 2013 which will be the subject of a future post.
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