Creating realistic looking 3D parts is only one of the reasons for applying different appearances on your models. Equally important is using appearances for creating SOLIDWORKS selection groups which will increase speed and streamline your modeling process.
SOLIDWORKS 2011 introduced the Display Manager and users have been able to use appearances for selecting groups of entities. SOLIDWORKS 2013 further enhanced this functionality by allowing you to copy paste SOLIDWORKS appearance 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 of how to create and use a SOLIDWORKS selection group based on appearances.
Note: There is one more important enhancement for appearances introduced by SOLIDWORKS which will be the subject of a future post.