How to adjust the amount of Transparency applied to SOLIDWORKS Assembly Components

Article by Saeed Mojarad (CSWE) created/updated May 30, 2017

Have you ever wondered if you can have a different amount of transparency applied to different components in your assembly? I was asked that question recently and fortunately the answer is yes and there is a quick way to do it.

In order to have different transparency levels for your assembly components you have to change their transparency at the part level. But unlike the assembly environment there is not an easy to reach the icon for changing the transparency of a part.

To set the transparency of a part you have to edit the appearance of your part by going to Edit > Appearance > Appearance or you can simply click on the “Edit Appearanceicon in the heads up toolbar.

Then you need to switch to the Advanced tab and go to the Illumination tab.

SOLIDWORKS Transparency Amount Adjustment

Right at the bottom of the Illumination tab you can see “Transparent amount” bar that you can use to change the transparency of your part.

If you change the transparency of your assembly components at the part level then they will have different transparencies in your assembly.

Overview Video

Here is a short video that shows the steps:

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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.

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