Is it at all possible to temporarily hide or suppress the decorative appearances (feature tree colours) that have been applied to a part and return it to it's normal workable construction mode grey? If so, how?
Hi Dave, It's not really possible in the way you describe, ie, you can't suppress appearances as you can features. What you can do is create display states. You can then apply appearances specific to each display state by selecting 'current display state' in the appearance property manager. If you do not do this it can get messy as it will over-write the appearances on all display states.
If you create a new display state, you can delete the material from the material list. When you go back to the original display state the appearance will again be visible.
So if I understand you correctly, I would then have a standard display state (default) and my new display state with all my define colours etc.
Then, if I need to go back to construction mode for any reason and find the colour appearances distracting, I can just change the display state back to the default temporarily, do my work, then go back to my custom display state and paint the new additions if any, correct?
yes, we work in a multi-user environment and some people like to make parts unique in colour to make them easily identifiable, so we have CAD modeling display states, and then display states for the final finish (or finishes)
If working in assemblies, you're best to change the colours of parts at part level. Then create a new display state in the assembly, RMB on the part, go to properties, and choose the display state already in the part from the dialog box. Similar process for sub-assemblies.
Thank you Bjorn.
If you are still following this thread I have a further question for you.
I've removed all appearances from one of my assemblies but then I accidentally saved it. Is there a way to get the assembly and sub-assemblies to fetch appearances back from the original parts?
It depends on if the appearance information is still in the sub-assems and parts. If so, in the assembly, try this.
I'll wait until I've finished fiddling with all my appearances at part level and then give it a try. Thank you.
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