5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 13, 2008 4:53 PM by Carter West

    Is there a way to easily hide tangent lines?

    Matt McKendrick
      I need to create some drawing views for out P.A. Unfortunately, when I save out a drawing with all of the neccessary views in Line Art View (Hidden Lines Removed), I get all of the tangent lines to all of the radii in the part. This really creates havoc with the people I forward these images to as they need to scale it down to fit on the applications and such. The end result is an image with seemingly fat lines that looks like refried dog crap. The easy answer, but not the right one is to check "Tangent Lines Removed" in the view menu. However, if you have alot of tangent faces connected by fillets (and if you create plastics parts like us, that is pretty much EVERY face), the features simply dissappear, removing way too much detail, because almost all of the lines in each view are tangent lines. I have discovered only a few options that will do what I need, all of which suck:

      1 - Individually pick each tangent line I don't need and hide them. Tedious and very time consuming.
      2 - Export into Photoshop and erase each line I don't need. Also tedious and time consuming.
      3 - Try and suppress the fillets. Ya right, and spend the next 5 hours trying to fix all of the red "X's" in the design tree.

      What I am after is a method to get line art views without extraneous tangent lines but with the tangent lines that actually define outline of the part detail.

      I have attached a couple of images. The first is with all tangent lines showing, the second is the way I need it, and the third, is with them removed by selecting "Tangent Lines Removed"

      I know this is probably a dead chipmunk, and there won't be a good answer, but there are alot of clever people out there who may have a method (I hope). Otherwise, I will have to create option #4, which is to pass it off to an unsuspecting intern and let him deal with it.
        • Is there a way to easily hide tangent lines?
          Troy Peterson
          Tangent edges can be removed by right clicking the view and selecting "tangent edge" then making your selection or options -> system options -> display style -> tangent edges in new view.
            • Is there a way to easily hide tangent lines?
              Charles Culp
              Matt,

              I do this fairly often, so I have put the "hide lines" button on my "S" shortcut bar in drawings, that way it is always within reach. You might even want to create a keyboard shortcut for it, that would be even quicker.

              I don't know of any way to do it without selecting each line in the drawing view, that is how I often do it.

              Another option, depending on the type of parts you are creating, is to create one configuration (I suggest a derived config) with the fillets suppressed. That way you can show that in the drawing views where you want the sharp edge to show up in the drawing. I have done that on occasion when the part is going to be molded. I want the 3D file I send to the molders to have the fillets (.015 or less), but the drawing has sharp edges so I have something proper to dimension to, and so the edges show.
              • Is there a way to easily hide tangent lines?
                Carter West

                Troy Spencer wrote:

                 

                Tangent edges can be removed by right clicking the view and selecting "tangent edge" then making your selection or options -> system options -> display style -> tangent edges in new view.

                THANK YOU! This has been driving me NUTZ all year.

                Sometimes... it's the simply things.