I have an assembly (step file) from a customer that has a cluster of planes in it. I want them all hidden except
the ones I select. Is there a way to do this?
If all of the planes begin with common and exclusive text, like "plane", then you can filter the tree by this text:
Then in the tree click the top most plane, hold down Shift and click the last plane.
Select Hide from the popup toolbar and all planes are hidden.
Everything else is untouched.
Clear the tree filter.
I hope this helps.
See if you can put them in a folder.
Hide all of them, then the ones you want to view select to show. If you want this one or group of planes to go on/off with a click, once they're set to show you can go to view and select to hide planes to hide or show the group at 1 action. Have to put some effort into it once, then should be easy after you clean it up to have the workflow you want.
On a side note, personal preference, I don't like when I receive or work with another person's file which has every sketch, every plane, every axis turned on a visible and they hide all of show all. I like to use the ref item one by one to for other features or sketches w/o having a jumbled up visual tornado to navigate thru.
Should have been at the user group meeting last night. Not sure but i think i saw something there that was what you were looking for. I was paying the delivery drive when i came back i saw something like clicking on a dim, and then slelecting <ctrl>a so it may work with planes, then all you need to do is unselect the one that you did not want
Use the filter at the top of the feature manager and type in Plane. Then select the ones you want and right click. Choose Invert Selection. Then right click the new selection and choose Hide.
This almost works except for it is hiding all the parts that belong to the planes as well. I need to see the parts but not the planes.
I wish I could attach a screen shot of the mess I am talking about. Of all these planes I only ever want to see three of them. In fact, I'd rather not see any of them and just create my own. So I guess I have to select them one by one (because the plane selection filter does not work when using a window to select) and hide them. Then create the 3 planes where I want them. Then, when I show /hide all types. hopefully just my planes will show. It's the selecting one by one that seems there should be a better way.
If this is about the primary planes, you can have all planes hidden and show/hide the primary planes at will.
I actually use the shortcut “P” to turn the visibility of the primary planes on and off.
It works wonders in mating components in assemblies!
I use "P" for the plane on/off switch as well. I think all these planes are the primary planes for each component.
I selected them all 1 by 1 and did a right click hide (vs. a HUD show/hide) in the customers model and created my own planes. Now when I use this model the HUD show/hide shows only my planes.
Thanks Kevin. The light just went on with this type of selection. It's searching for text...not features. They are the primary planes I am after (Front. Top, & Right) so I just need to do what you describe 3 times.
I've never used this selection filter from the model tree before. I will come in handy.
Jody Holm wrote: Thanks Kevin. The light just went on with this type of selection. It's searching for text...not features. They are the primary planes I am after (Front. Top, & Right) so I just need to do what you describe 3 times. I've never used this selection filter from the model tree before. I will come in handy. Thanks again!
Jody Holm wrote:
You're welcome. I'm glad it helped.
Jody Holm also, watch this video, for a simple technique to hide and show primary planes for the top level assembly or selected component(s).
Primary Planes: Show and Hide - YouTube
Thanks Alin. That's a new one on me too.
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