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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Emphasized Outline Section View will help you read between the lines

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE created/updated October 29, 2016

For those of us that remember a time before SOLIDWORKS was a common tool in the shop, the ability to automatically create a section view from a 3D assembly is a marvelous thing!   With that said, every so often we have a complex assembly where the section view is a little lackluster.  SOLIDWORKS 2017 comes to the rescue on this issue with a conveniently located checkbox that will allow you to add an “Emphasized” line font to outline of the sectioned edges within the Section drawing view.

Section View PropertyManager

Section View PropertyManager

Note the SOLIDWORKS Emphasized Outline Section View on the right in the image below, and when you compare it to the regular view on the left you can see a significant difference

New SOLIDWORKS Emphasized Outline Section View

New SOLIDWORKS Emphasized Section View (on the right)

Emphasized Section Outline Settings

As nifty and as direct as the SOLIDWORKS Emphasized Outline Section View is, it does not stand on it’s own. In order to have your emphasized line font appear in a manner that will strike a chord with your audience; we must explore the document properties. Specifically: Tools > Options > Document Properties > Line Font > Emphasized Section Outline.

Emphasized Section Outline Settings

Emphasized Section Outline Settings

In the Line Font portion of the document properties, you can adjust the properties of the line font that is displayed when the Emphasized Section Outline setting is enabled. Adjust this to your liking and be sure to save these values into your Drawing Template to have them available for each and every Drawing that you create.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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