How does one change the color of a split line? I am working on a model with very complicated surface and the split line is the same color as the mesh lines, making it very difficult to distinguish them when there is a number of them close together.
Unfortunately, I don't believe you can change colors of edges in a model like that to where you designate a color for a specific edge. You can do it in a drawing, but I don't think that helps you. An alternative, if it would serve your purpose, would be to create a 3d sketch on the split line.......just a thought, but I might add not a very nice one. That way, you would be able to see your split lines.
Hopefully someone else has a better suggestion.
An enhancement request for this functionality would be good if you want to create one.
Is changing the sketch an option?
Red Line is from the actual split sketch however sometimes your split line is longer then the surface you are splitting, so....
Blue Line is a convert entities and picking the line on the body to shorten it.
This is 2D but you can change the color of a 3D sketch as well.
I'm not sure if this will help because I'm unclear as to your "mesh lines", but you can change the edge color of "Shaded with Edges" display mode to something else (but only for this mode).
It changes all of the edges (assuming you're viewing in this mode) but if it doesn't also apply to your "mesh lines", then you will see a color difference.
To change this color, go to System Options>Colors and select "Edges in Shaded With Edges Mode" from the color schemes settings list.
Select your new color and OK your way back.
Unfortunately it's a System setting and not just a doc setting, but perhaps a macro can switch it back to the "normal" color (mine is OOTB 160,0,0).
I hope this helps.
Try rolling back before the split line feature and adding a projected curve first. The proected curve will be a different colour.
Thank you all for the answers. Unfortunately none of them is quite what I'm looking for. What I really wanted to do was to change the color of just the split line. When using the Parting Line function, at the conclusion of the operation the color of the Parting Line becomes blue instead of black. This is what I was looking to do with the split line also, either as part of the split line function, or as a preference changing split line color to something other than black.
The model I'm working with to build a mold for has many surfaces (literally hundreds) because it's a 3D scan of a hand-sculpted object. Because of this, it has many surface edges shown as black lines. Since the split line is also black, in areas where they come close to each other it's hard to impossible to differentiate which is which. Right now I change the color of the resulting surface to the "left" of the split line so I can see where it runs. When the split line runs along an existent surface edge, I cannot always tell where it runs to before it becomes a separate entity again.
Bjorn's method is one alternative. Can you upload the file. I could potentially show you another but have to see how your part is split.
I do not know if I am legally able to upload the file. I will ask management here and see what they say.
Or just butcher up the file to the area you are splitting and save as iges so the forum here only has it as an import.
Or a picture of the area you are splitting
Richard, you could also consider splitting the surface body. This would give you a blue edge (as the solidworks default, but configurable). If you wish to keep the body as one, you could copy the body and split the copy.
This is what I do to change the color of split line.
From model tree,
Right click the parting line feature > Appearances > Parting line and then choose the color you want.
I have added the before & after image below to clarify the action.
Split line was blue and now changed to red.
This method has always worked for me. All the best.
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