2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 7, 2018 11:49 AM by Joseph Caswell

    Display styles not showing correctly

    Joseph Caswell

      Myself and others in my company are having a very frustrating issue with display styles not showing properly in SolidWorks Drawings, espically not when we try to save to PDF.


      We have been creating drawings between 10 and 60 pages long for many years and we only started having this issue towards the end of October, and initially if we just restarted SolidWorks it would resolve itself, but now nothing seems to fix it. We are currently having to screen grab drawings to release anything.


      Each sheet in the drawing has multiple views, generally one or two views of an assembly, and then several views of parts within that assembly; or multiple views of a weldment, with multiple views selecting bodies within the weldment.


      The issue is that the display style shows differently than what is selected. For example, for a view that is supposed to be shaded with edges might show up as any of the other views, or even shaded with hidden lines visible (which I didn't even know that was display style). For a view that is supposed to be Hidden lines removed, it will leave centermarks, centerlines, notes, dimensions, etc, visible, but the actual part edges are removed so the part disappears. Sometimes it will even have the top half of the view as a different display style than the bottom half. The most bizarre thing that happens is changing the display style in one view will very rarely change the display style shown for a different view altogether, or add hidden items to the Bill of Materials on that page.


      This is not effecting a single file, nor single package in particular, but rather almost any drawing package we have made since October (around 40 GB of different files). IT is also not effecting a single computer, but drawing packages created by 2 of our 8 computers with SolidWorks.


      Here is when the display styles show incorrectly:

           Viewing a SolidWorks Drawing in SolidWorks after saving

           Viewing a SolidWorks Drawing as read only in SolidWorks

           Viewing a SolidWorks Drawing in eDrawings

           Viewing a eDrawings Drawing in eDrawings

           PDF's created through the Save As PDF command in SolidWorks

           PNG's (and all other image formats) created through the Save As command

           PDF's created through Print to Microsoft PDF in SolidWorks

           PDF's created through Print to Microsoft PDF in eDrawings

           Physical paper printed on by the Print command


      Here are the steps we have taken to try to resolve it:

           Rebuild sheet

           Redraw sheet

           Force Rebuild sheet

           Cycle back and forth between different display styles

           Have RealView on, or Off

           Restart Computer (then try rebuilding, etc.)

           Unplug one monitor

           Replace both monitos with different brand

           Replace both monitors with 1K resolution instead of 2K

           Replace both monitors with 4K resolution instead of 2K

           Trying practically every setting in Performance or Image Quality (then restart SW, rebuild, etc)

           Open file referenced in view, rebuild that document, then rebuild sheet

           Uninstall graphics driver recommended by Nvidia and install graphics drive recommended by SolidWorks (then reboot, rebuild)

           Run SolidWorks in Safe mode, then rebuild, etc.

           Run SolidWorks in OpenGL mode, then rebuild, etc.

           Completely reinstall SolidWorks

           Wipe harddrive, reinstall windows, and SolidWorks

           Swapping out Quadro graphics card for GEFORCE

           Upgrading from SP 4.1 to SP 5.0

           Recreate all parts, assemblies, and drawings in OpenGL mode

           Saving each sheet as a separate PDF

           Saving each sheet as a separate drawing, then saving to PDF

           Open the drawing package on a computer not effected by the bug

                 The drawing packages created on these 2 computers will not display correctly on other computers Including

                     A computer that has the exact specs as the 2 effected

                     A computer that has identical specs, but is running Windows 7 instead of Windows 10

                     A computer that has an Intel Graphics card instead of Nvidia

                     A computer running SolidWorks 2018



      Here are the specs of the two computers:

           Windows 10 Pro

           SolidWorks 2017 Premium SP 4.1

           Intel i7-4770

           32 GB of RAM

           Nvdiai Quardo M4000



      Any help you can provide would be great as we are at our wit's end with this issue.