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Appearance in Assemblies

By default, components that you add to an assembly are displayed using the appearance properties (such as color and transparency) specified in the original part document. This is true for all shaded and wireframe display modes. You can override the part appearance for selected instances, or use the default appearance for the assembly. You can apply the changes to the part document or to the component in the assembly (leaving the part document unchanged).

Changing the Appearance Properties of Component Instances

To change the appearance properties of selected component instances:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In the Display Pane, click in the Appearances column for the component and select Appearance.
    • Select a component in the FeatureManager design tree or in the graphics area and click Edit > Appearance > Appearance. To select multiple components, hold Ctrl as you select.
  2. Make selections in the Appearances PropertyManager.

    By default, appearance changes are applied at the component level (that is, only in the assembly document). In the Appearances PropertyManager, under Selected Geometry, you can specify to apply the changes in the part document.

  3. Click .

    The appearance properties of the selected instances change.

    If you apply an appearance change to the top-level assembly, the new appearance is applied to all components in the assembly. Appearance changes you apply to individual components are overridden by the top-level appearance change. For example, if you set the color of the top-level assembly to blue, the entire assembly becomes blue, regardless of changes you have applied to individual components.

    To remove an appearance from the top-level assembly: In the Display Pane, click in the Appearances column for the top-level assembly, click Appearance, and click Remove Appearance.

Toggling the Wireframe Display Color of Components

To toggle the wireframe display color of components:

  • Click View > Display > Use Component Color in HLR/HLV.

    • When this menu item is selected, assembly components appear in the wireframe/HLR color of the component.
    • When this menu item is cleared, assembly components appear in the wireframe/HLR color of the assembly.

Updating Assembly Graphics

You can set an option to update model graphics data for components when you save assemblies, to prevent display list data from becoming out-of-date.

To update assembly graphics:

  1. Click Options (Standard toolbar) or Tools > Options.
  2. On the System Options tab, click Assemblies and select Update model graphics when saving files.
  3. Click OK.


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