|Change the color of a part, or make it transparent.
(View toolbar) edits the appearance of selected entities or the entire model and changes optical properties such as transparency and shininess.
|Make an assembly component transparent.
||Change Transparency (Assembly toolbar) makes an assembly component 75% transparent. You can also hide components temporarily to allow you to work with underlying components.
|Examine the curvature of a part or assembly.
(View toolbar) displays a part or assembly with the surfaces rendered in different colors according to the local radius of curvature. You can also display numerical values for curvature and radius.
|Check for small changes, wrinkles, or defects in a surface.
(View toolbar) simulate the reflection of long stripes of light on a very shiny surface. They enable you to see small changes in a surface that might be hard to see with a standard display, and to visually determine what type of boundary (contact, tangent, or continuous curvature) exists between surfaces.
|Create a section view of a part or assembly.
(View toolbar) displays a view of the model cut with a plane through the part or assembly. (You can also create section views in drawings.)
|Create an exploded view of an assembly.
||Use Exploded View and drag parts in the graphics area to create an exploded view. You can also animate the exploding and collapsing of the assembly.
|Check how a component interacts with other components when you move it in an assembly.
||To check how components interact in an assembly, use the
option in Collision Detection. When you drag or rotate a component, it applies a force to any components it touches, so you see the realistic motion of assembly components.
|Simulate the effect of motors, springs, and gravity on an assembly.
||To record and play back a simulation of movement, use Physical Simulation. You can add simulation elements, such as springs, motors, and gravity that move components.
|Examine an assembly for interferences between components.
to check a file for components that interfere with each other. The volume of interference highlights in the graphics area.
Use Clearance Verification to check the minimum distance between selected components.
|Simulate motion of components.
||To display machine movement:
- To check how components interact while you are creating an assembly, use the Physical Dynamics option in Collision Detection. When you drag or rotate a component, it applies a force to any components it touches, and you view the motion of assembly components.
- To record and play back a simulation of movement, use Motion Studies.
To learn more motion studies, click and complete the Assembly Motion tutorial.
- Create animations of models, such as a rotating or exploding model with the Assembly Motion level of Motion Studies.
- Add more physics and realism to your animation with either the Physical Simulation or SolidWorks Motion (available in SolidWorks Premium). You can add Simulation Elements that move components, such as springs, motors, and gravity, to control and automate motion.