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Zebra Stripes

Zebra stripes allow you to see small changes in a surface that may be hard to see with a standard display. Zebra stripes simulate the reflection of long strips of light on a very shiny surface.

With zebra stripes, you can easily see wrinkles or defects in a surface, and you can verify that two adjacent faces are in contact, are tangent, or have continuous curvature. See Zebra Stripes on Boundaries for more information.

To view a part with zebra stripes:

  1. Click Zebra Stripes (View toolbar) or View, Display, Zebra Stripes.

  2. Set options as described below.

  3. Click .

You can improve the accuracy of your display by selecting only those faces that you want displayed with zebra stripes. To view a face with zebra stripes, right-click it in the graphics area and select Zebra Stripes.

To turn off zebra stripes:

Click Zebra Stripes (View toolbar) or View, Display, Zebra Stripes again to clear the zebra stripes.


Adjust the following:

  • Number Of Stripes

  • Width Of Stripes

  • Stripe Accuracy . Move the slider from low accuracy (left) to high accuracy (right) to improve the quality of the display. Note that increasing the display accuracy also increases the display calculation time.

  • Color Of Stripes. Click Edit Color.

  • Color Of Background. Click Edit Color.

Select one of the following:

  • Spherical Map. Available on all systems. The part appears to be inside a large sphere that is covered on the inside with strips of light. The zebra stripes are always curved (even on flat faces) and display singularities.

  • Cube Map. Available on systems with a graphics card that supports cube texture maps. If your computer does not have this type of graphics card, SolidWorks does not allow you to select this option. The part appears to be inside a large square room that is covered with strips of light on the walls, ceiling, and floors. The zebra stripes are straight on flat faces, and do not display singularities.

The cube map display shows unstriped bands. Unstriped bands are the reflections of the corners of the "room."

    No stripes

    Spherical Map

    Cube Map

It may be helpful to use zebra stripes in conjunction with the Curvature display.

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