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Engraving line color in drawing

Question asked by Matthijs Van Der Gaag on Oct 23, 2019
Latest reply on Oct 24, 2019 by Matthijs Van Der Gaag

Hello,

We want to engrave our sheet metal parts. In order to do this we need to have these lines be a different color in the drawing, otherwise they will get cut. The engraving line has to be added in the part, as some are derived sketches

Right now we've tried the following:

-Use different layers.                                                Unfortunately this can't be linked to the part

-Color each line using the line tool:                         A lot of work!

-Change the color settings for inactive sketches:   Very sensitive to errors due to normal sketches also being used for things like layouts, so reverting to old color settings and back is bound to go wrong at some point

-Select the sketch, convert to entities:                     Unable to select the newly created sketch in the tree, though multiple lines can be selected at once. Might be the best option so far.

-Use a split line:                                                        Requires tangent edges to be visible, which we can't allow  because then those will be cut as well. Hiding the other lines individually takes a lot of time.

-Use split:                                                                  No succes

-Extrude Cut Thin the sketch and color the feature: Leaves two additional lines; the edges of the extrude feature, which will get cut as well.

 

We're out of ideas. My colleague did manage to get some results in the DXF export, but we absolutely do need them in the drawing as well.

 

Any ideas?

We're using SolidWorks 2019 on Windows 10

 

Matt

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