I have parts that have cosmetic threads on them. Once I assemble these parts in an assembly and apply an appearance, i.e., color to them the cosmetic threads disappear. Does anyone know how to keep the cosmetic threads showing?
It might be a graphic card issue. You might try changing your setting to software Open GL and see if that fixes the problem. If it does it kind of narrows it down to the graphic card. To change that setting see attached document.
This didn't work. Any other ideas? So, do cosmetic threads show up on your assemblies after you apply an appearance to the part at the assembly level?
In the assembky , right click on the Annotations folder and click Details and make sure the comsetic threads option is checked.
Yes, the feature was already checked. If I don't apply an appearance color at the assembly level the cosmetic threads show. They disappear only after the appearance is added. Any other ideas?
I see what you are talking about. How are you applying the appearance?
Select the components which have the cosmetic thread and then right click in the graphics area and click on Invert selection, then go to the appearances tab and select the appearance by double clicking on the appearance and if you want options for that appeaerance hold the ALT whil you drag the appearnce on to the graphics area or double click.
I'm just applying a color to an assembly by selecting the assembly in the FeatureManager, right click and select Appearances, then select the assembly. I choose the color I want the assembly. Once I do this, the cosmetic threads disappear on the components.
I'm not following what you're saying about dragging the appearance onto the graphics area.
Thanks for your help.
The video I have linked below should show the method in which I use the side task pane to add appearances. http://speedy.sh/NQ433/CT.mp4
The link doesn't access the video, just accesses the website. Do I have to create an account to view the video?
Click on the name of the file CT.mp4 and it will donwload it.
What I'm looking for is to keep the cosmetic thread shown when you change the whole assembly to red. Is that possible? For example, your screw is modeled with the cosmetic thread at the part level. When you change the appearance of the assembly to red, have the screw red, but still show the cosmetic thread. Does that make sense?
Thanks for your help with this, especially the video.
I thought it did that? I know that doesn't help much. But I change colours quite a lot though usually an independant colour for each part in an assembly (one of my clients requires this) and the threads are fine.
Out of interest what happens if after you have changed colour in the assembly and the threads dissapear you edit one of the thread features (don't change it just go in edit accept). Does the cosmetic thread suddenly appear??
When I edit the thread on the part at the assembly level the thread does appear while I'm editing it. Once I accept the edit the thread disappears. Any ideas?
You are talking about this correct.? If this is the case then I believe it must be an issue or an enhancement that SolidWorks will need to implement. The image belows show me editing the cosmetic thread and therefore it appears.
This is exactly what I'm talking. Well, I guess I'll have to wait for Solidworks to address this issue.
Yesterday I created an Enhancement Request about his issue and linked it to this disccusion so hopefully they will acknowledge this with an update.
I am not sure how they will fix it for 2012 becuase their last SP is 5.0.
Your welcome and glad I could help.
Thanks again Alan and taking this to the next level.
I may of found a solution.... When you apply the colo to the whole assembly the Cosmetic Thread dissapears right, so in order to have the color you want for the whole assembly then you would have to individually apply the color to each component so that the CT does not get overridden. Of course its a few more steps but it get it done. If you need a video let me know.
Thanks Allen. I was aware of applying the color at the component level and thereby keeping the cosmetic threads. However, this is too much of a pain so I'll live with no threads or no colors.
Did mention that on the earlier applying colours to individual parts keeps the colour.
One thing to mention though if you you have used multi bodies somewhere or split and saved stock. Anyform of rebuild to the original multibody part in the same assembly will result in reverting back to grey. It's a known bug.
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