Why does my SOLIDWORKS Model appear Black?

Article by Sanja Srzic created/updated June 29, 2017

When a SOLIDWORKS model changes appearance and becomes black, the cause of the change may not be found in the display-state pane… 

SOLIDWORKS Model Appear Black

Red appearance, black model

…but because lights have been disabled.  

Lights are turned off and need to be turned on


This is how the same model looks with a directional light enabled:

Directional Light applied

Directional Light applied

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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