SOLIDWORKS: What are Inference Lines? And did you know you can change the color of one?

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Inference lines are dotted lines that appear as you sketch. When your pointer approaches highlighted cue such as midpoints, the inference lines guide you relative to existing sketch entities. Take a look at the image below. (The image below, I have already changed the line "A" to red. SOLIDWORKS defaults the color to yellow.)

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The lines labeled “A” are red(line color can be changed), and if the sketch line snaps to them, a tangent or perpendicular relationship will be captured.

The lines labeled “B” are blue(line color cannot be changed). It only provides a reference, in this case vertical, to the other end point.

There are a few ways to enhance these lines:

1) Change the line color. Click Options > Colors > under color scheme settings scroll down and select Temporary Graphics and edit the color. (see image below)

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2) Change your Viewport Background. Click Options > Colors > under color scheme settings select Viewport Background and edit the color. Make sure under Background appearance, Plain (Viewport Background color below) is selected. (see image below)

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3) Apply a different scene to your model. Expand Apply Scene icon  Blog Oct 2014 6
from your Heads-up View Toolbar, and select an appropriate scene you desire.  Click Manage Favorites for more scene options.

Have a great day.

Roger Ruffin

Application Engineer

Computer Aided Technology Inc.