SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Thread View Options

Article by Randle Wood on Feb 01, 2021

Cosmetic Threads in SOLIDWORKS describe the attributes of a specific hole so you don’t need to add real/feature threads to a model. A cosmetic thread represents the minor (inner) diameter of a thread on a boss or the major (outer) diameter of a thread on a hole and can include a hole callout in drawings.

SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Thread View Options

Shaded Assembly View in SOLIDWORKS

Shaded Assembly View

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To begin, check the document properties to be sure you can view them as expected.

SOLIDWORKS Document Properties - Detailing

Note: Use CTRL + B (or Q) after all changes to be sure the threads display as intended.

Thread Display Options

There are four options to determine if you will see the threads display in an assembly.

  1. Component Annotations from the Heads-Up display.

    Component Annotation SOLIDWORK Heads-up Display

  2. Cosmetic Threads; right mouse button on the Annotations folder in the FeatureManager, select Details, and make your desired selections. (Note: Cosmetic Threads are easily controlled and inserted at the part level unless added to an "Assembly Feature)

    Cosmetic Threads Annotation Properties in SOLIDWORKS

  3. Display Annotations; right mouse button on the Annotations folder in the FeatureManager, select Display Annotations.

    Display Annotations in SOLIDWORKS

  4. Use assembly settings for all components; right mouse button on the Annotations folder in the FeatureManager, select Details, select Use assembly settings for all components.

    SOLIDWORKS Use Assembly Settings for All Components

I hope you found this article helpful. You can take a deeper dive into Cosmetic Thread editing and styles here

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About Randle Wood

Randle is a Technical Support & New Products Specialist and has been with GoEngineer since 2009. He has a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Design and has been a SOLIDWORKS user since before the turn of the century.

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