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Where are the hidden settings for the display of SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Threads?

If you had interest in my previous article: The “Easy Bake” recipe for Displaying Cosmetic Threads, you may be wondering where to find the four settings that were mentioned. This article will help you to locate each of the four SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Thread Display settings. The four settings that affect the visibility of cosmetic threads within the SOLIDWORKS part, drawing and assembly environments are: “View All Annotations” Setting “Cosmetic Threads” Setting “Display Annotations” Setting “Use Assembly Settings for all components” Option As I mentioned in my previous article, it is a combination of these settings that can often prevent the display of cosmetic threads entirely. Some of these options can be mildly difficult to find, thus I will do my best to illustrate them below: “View All Annotations” Setting” The “View All Annotations” setting is located within the View menu: View menu > All Annotations The remaining three options are all found via the…

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The “Easy Bake” recipe for Displaying Cosmetic Threads

Are SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Threads a ‘Nice to have’, or a ‘Nuisance’? Depending on your organizations standards, SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Threads can be a life-saver or a nuisance. The nuisance factor may be enhanced multi-fold, when you are unable to display cosmetic threads as intended in your drawings or assemblies. Given the difficulty that can ensue with the display of this annotation feature, many give up and elect to avoid using SOLIDWORKS cosmetic threads altogether. Our hope with this article is to guide you through the pinch points and have you confidently apply cosmetic threads as desired. Display settings for SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Threads There are five main settings that will effect the display of SOLIDWORKS cosmetic threads within your parts, drawings or assemblies. The very first point to make regarding the visibility of cosmetic threads is: IF the cosmetic thread annotation in the component’s feature tree is set to HIDDEN, the cosmetic…

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How to Show Part Colour in a SolidWorks Drawing HLR/HLV View

In a SolidWorks assembly, it is possible and quite helpful to have different parts shown in different colours (or colors if you prefer). It can help to symbolically distinguish between different parts in an assembly, it can be used to display the final colour after a painting operation, or can be applied using a company’s standards to indicate whether a part is purchased, or made in-house. Here is an example of colours used in an assembly: This is alright in the assembly, but when you create a drawing of the assembly, the Hidden Lines Visible (HLV) and Hidden Lines Removed (HLR) display modes remove this colour, showing all the lines in black as you would expect on a typical engineering drawing. You can modify the colour for the entire assembly in your System Options (Go to Tools > Options, then under the System Options tab, select Colors from the list…

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What you may not know about SOLIDWORKS Shaded With Edges

For nearly a decade, I’ve enjoyed using “Shaded with Edges” to display my models in SOLIDWORKS. It clearly shows me where my edges are, since Shaded can sometimes make these edges difficult to see after 10 hours of staring at my computer screen. I started using it and never looked back. However, seldom known to many users, there are a couple of options for customizing how these edges are displayed. I’m going to show you a few of them now! Display Option #1: Tangent Edges You’ll notice that the edges of my fillets appear as solid lines. These solid lines represent where the curvature of the fillet starts and ends (hence the name “Tangent Edges”). On a drawing, we control this using the Tangent Edge control (right-click on a drawing view, select Tangent Edge from the menu, and select “Tangent Edges with Font”). This turns the lines into phantom lines…

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