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Chapter 16: Creating Assembly Drawings > Using Color in Assembly Drawing Views

Using Color in Assembly Drawing Views

One of the newer functions in SolidWorks assembly drawings is that you can apply the same color to the wireframe display on the drawing as you have applied to the individual parts in the assembly window. Colors on drawings help distinguish one part from another, where the alternative is to look at a screenful of black lines.

On the other hand, sometimes light colors that show up well when the part is shaded on the screen do not look good when used in a wireframe line width on a white sheet. Also, with the use of part “appearances” where some people are using more realistic material displays for parts, part colors can be a range of gray to reflect surfaces such as aluminum or steel. Still, if you want to set your parts up with more abstract contrasting colors, it does help you to distinguish one part from another in the assembly model and on the drawing. Appearances, even realistic or reflective appearances, can have colors assigned to them, so you get a shiny, red steel part. The realism is far less important than the ability to tell one part from another, so ....


  

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