Chapter 5: Using Visualization Techniques


Customizing the view

Using View tools to view parts and assemblies

Making the best use of RealView

Using Display States in parts and assemblies

Applying edge settings to create boundaries

Sorting or displaying in an assembly

Visualizing geometry is part of the overall mission of SolidWorks software. Visualizing 3D CAD data is more than seeing shaded solids or shiny surfaces; it includes being able to see the interior and exterior at the same time and using sections, transparency, wireframe, and other tools or techniques. SolidWorks takes it so much further than just being able to see things in 3D; you can look at some parts of an assembly in wireframe while others are transparent and others are opaque. You can see a part with a reflective appearance. You can create section views in parts and assemblies to visualize internal details.

My aim with this chapter is to show you important capabilities that will expand how you can use SolidWorks, and maybe even change the way you use the tools or look at modeling tasks. At the same time, these techniques may provide some of the awe and wonder we sometimes experience while using incredible 3D tools to do actual work. If I sound a little enthusiastic about this topic, it is because visualization is the part of this software that really brings your imagination to life. It can be the source of real inspiration and allows you to communicate geometrical ideas with other people that ...

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