How to Hide or Show Edges behind SOLIDWORKS Transparent Components

Article by Sanja Srzic updated September 16, 2016

Depending on the assembly display-state settings, model edges behind transparent components can be shown or hidden in high-quality ‘shaded with edges’ drawing views.

High Quality - Shaded with Edges

High Quality – Shaded with Edges

Drawing views seen here are both set to high quality and ‘shaded with edges’ mode:

SOLIDWORKS Transparent Component Display States in Drawing Views

SOLIDWORKS Transparent Component Display States in Drawing Views

The setting that makes model edges visible behind transparent components (right-hand view) or hidden (left-hand view) is found in the display state of the assembly.

Comparing display states

Comparing display states

StateDisplay Effect
DefaultSetting transparent components to default display hides model edges behind transparent components.
ShadedSetting transparent components to shaded with edges makes model edges in the background visible.

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Sanja Srzic

Sanja is the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Team Leader for Western Canada, and is based in the Javelin Winnipeg Office