How to create an Angular Model Break View in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Article by Saeed Mojarad (CSWE) created/updated July 18, 2016

In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS you could not make an angular break view in your drawings. For example if you have tried to add a break line to your isometric view you ended up with something like this:

SOLIDWORKS Angular Model Break View

SOLIDWORKS Angular Model Break View

In SOLIDWORKS 2016, you now have the ability to create a break in your model using the Model Break View tool. This tool allows you to create configuration-based 3D Break Views (also known as interrupted views) of a model. In other words, it will generate a derived configuration in your part which shows your model in a break view. This allows angled parts and isometric drawing views to break correctly.

You can create break views in a model of isometric orientation with traditional break shapes, including accurate depiction of pipe breaks. Later on you can use this configuration in your drawing to show an angular break view.

To show a model break view within a drawing:
  1. Select the drawing view of a model that contains a model break view.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • In the Drawing View PropertyManager, under Reference Configuration, select Show in exploded or model break state.
    • Or right-click the drawing view and click Properties. In the dialog box, under Configuration information, select Show in exploded or model break state, and click OK.

Watch the video tutorial below to learn how to create a SOLIDWORKS angular model break view:

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Saeed Mojarad (CSWE)

Saeed Mojarad is an application engineer at Javelin Technologies. He received his B.S from Mazandaran University, Iran; and his M.S. from École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Canada. He has several years of experience using SOLIDWORKS in different industries such as manufacturing and aerospace. Currently located in Calgary, he is helping SOLIDWORKS users all across Canada as a technical support and SOLIDWORKS instructor.