Assembly configurations enable you to control many things, including part configurations, suppression, visibility, color, and assembly feature sizes. They also enable you to control assembly layout sketch dimensions, mate values, suppression states, and several other items. What you learn in this chapter about assembly configurations builds on the information in Chapter 10, which discusses part configurations. In this chapter, you also learn how you can use design tables in conjunction with SolidWorks assemblies.
Display States are a better performance alternative than configurations for controlling visibility and displaying part styles in assemblies. I discuss Display State options at length in this chapter.
Display States enable you to change visual properties more quickly than configurations. Configurations save a lot of extra data if all you need is to hide or show parts, and they can be slow to change from one to another, but you can change between Display States almost instantaneously.
Assembly display states can also control part display states, and different instances of a part in an assembly can use different display states.
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