SOLIDWORKS 2020 Alternate Position Views – What’s New
With SOLIDWORKS 2020 Alternate Position Views, SOLIDWORKS has again listened to their users and enhanced the functionality by adding the ability to show alternate position views for parts. Your ability to add alternate position views for assemblies has been around since SOLIDWORKS 2001 and now SOLIDWORKS has added the same ability for parts.
Just as is done in assemblies, the part file must be set up with multiple configurations.
The following part is shown in what we will call the Buy configuration. This represents the purchased part. The desire is to have two modified versions; one with two tabs and one without any tabs.
Once the configurations are all set up, we can create the views with an associated alternate position view to show the purchased part in phantom. We start with a view of the modified part.
With the view selected, click on Alternate Position View on View Layout tab on the CommandManager. Select the desired configuration; in this case the Buy configuration and click Ok.
This will overlay an alternate position view of the Buy configuration.
To access view settings like tangent edge display, expand the view in the Feature Manager Tree and right click on the desired view.
If you need to change the alternate position view to a different configuration, you can do this by right clicking on the alternate position view in the FeatureManager Tree then selecting Edit Feature.
Then change the configuration on the Alternate view property manager.
Interested in learning more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2020, check out our collection of videos here.
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