Nope, this isn’t a scary story…BUT who wants to be faceless? If you are like me, you have come across SOLIDWORKS model faces missing and started to freak out. Don’t worry, the face may be hidden…not missing!
This is a SOLIDWORKS functionality. Similar to using the ALT key to temporarily hide a face when adding mates (SOLIDWORKS 2018 can hide faces temporarily when adding mates), we can have a face hidden while we are designing.
Let’s see how we can hide a face and then easily bring it back!
We’ll use a simple part file for our demonstration.
SOLIDWORKS Step 1: The Phantom Face
Right-click the face you would like hidden.
- In the ‘Face’ group box
- Select ‘Change Transparency’
SOLIDWORKS Step 2: Attack of the Frustration
Notice the missing face (sometimes accidentally done).
The model looks broken, incomplete, like a surface body, etc.
SOLIDWORKS Step 3: Revenge of the Selection
Now here’s the problem- How do we bring it back if we can’t select it?
If you try to hover over it and right-click, you end up selecting the face that you can now see (see below).
SOLIDWORKS Step 4: A New Plan
So, what do we do? Well, we’re going to SHIFT the way we work of course. By holding down the SHIFT key, we can select hidden faces.
Hold down Shift key and Right Click where the face should be.
SOLIDWORKS Step 5: The Designer Strikes Back
Deselect the ‘Change Transparency’ (by clicking it again).
SOLIDWORKS Step 6: Return of the Face
Additional note: If nothing is in the background of a hidden face, then it can be selected without the Shift Key.
SOLIDWORKS Step 7: The Face Awakens
If this solution did not help you find SOLIDWORKS model faces, you just may have a deleted face instead of a hidden one.
If you see the Surface Bodies folder in the Feature Tree instead of Solid Bodies, then you may have to use Surfacing techniques to resolve the issue.
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