SOLIDWORKS 2016 Envelopes in Drawings

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Envelopes in Drawings

Recently I was asked a question about showing some parts in an assembly drawing as "phantom" edges to be able to reference the components, but not have to show them as solid edge lines. The process for this is really quite simple in SOLIDWORKS. For example, I have a top level assembly and I want to make 3 or 4 parts show up as an Envelope in the drawing view so that I can see them, but they aren't taking away from the rest of the drawing components.

To do this, I must first open the assembly file. Next I select a few items from the view or from the FeatureManager Design Tree and access the shortcut from the pop up bar called Component Properties:

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I can then turn on the Envelope option for all of these components at one time:

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Next, I can see that these items show up as transparent, a setting that can be modified in Tools, Options, System Options, Colors, Envelopes. Also a small envelope icon can be seen here in the FM tree:

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Next is the process of making a drawing and placing a view of this assembly. I am choosing an Isometric view and Right Mouse Clicking on the view itself to access the Properties of this view:

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From here I can turn on the view option to show this as an Envelope:

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The result is that I can now see all items that I selected as an Envelope in the Assembly Model as phantom line font in the view:

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So there you have a quick step process for making items show up as phantom lines in a drawing view. You can also make custom configurations of all of your parts or subassemblies and have one specific for the Envelop setting. Turn them on or off at leisure with Configurations!

Thank you,

Brian Reel

CATI Field Technical Services Manager

Computer Aided Technology, Inc.