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Solidworks 2013 Bible by Matt Lombard

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Chapter 19: 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, assembly feature sizes, assembly layout sketch dimensions, mate values, and suppression states. 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 display 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 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.

Controlling display states and configurations

Display states can be either independent of configurations or linked to them, depending on your settings. To control the display, you can use the Display Pane that pops out ...

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