SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 – Highlighting of Invisible Actors

Article by John Lee, CSWE updated October 13, 2020

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A new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021, and the latest Composer Player, is the ability to automatically highlight invisible actors contained within the selected assembly.

This can be very useful for keeping track of what is and what is not included in the assembly.  The option is turned on by default in File > Preferences:

SOLIDWORKS Composer Highlight Invisible Actors is enabled by default

Highlight Invisible Actors is enabled by default

When an assembly containing hidden actors is selected, those hidden actors will now be highlighted.  The assembly below contains 20 actors, but 11 of them are hidden, leaving only 9 visible:

Only 9 actors are visible

Only 9 actors are visible

When we select the top-level assembly, those hidden actors are highlighted as well:

With top-level assembly selected, the hidden actors are highlighted

With top-level assembly selected, the hidden actors are highlighted

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John Lee, CSWE

John Lee is inherently lazy in that he prefers to work smarter - not harder. A CSWE with fifteen years of experience using SOLIDWORKS and a background in mechanical design, John has used SOLIDWORKS in various industries requiring design for injection molding, sheet metal, weldments and structural steel.