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SolidWorks® 2011 Assemblies Bible by Matt Lombard

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Chapter 8: Controlling Assembly Configurations and Display States

In This Chapter

Changing visual properties by using display states Using assembly configurations to manage large assemblies Working with assembly configurations tutorial

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. In this chapter, you learn about related topics such as design tables, SpeedPak, derived configurations, and display states.

Display states are a better performance alternative than configurations for controlling visibility and displaying part styles in assemblies. Display state options are discussed at length in this chapter.

Using Display States

Display states enable you to change visual properties more quickly than configurations. Configurations save a lot of extra data if all you need to do is hide or show parts. However, they can be slow to change from one configuration to another, whereas 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.

Although display states can be used in both parts and assemblies, they have the most impact on assembly work, which is why they have been included in this book instead of SolidWorks ...

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