How do I show edges in Solidworks?
To hide or show edges in a drawing:
- Click Hide/Show Edges. …
- Select the edges to hide (you can select edges individually, or use box selection), then click . …
- To show edges, click Hide/Show Edges. …
- Select the hidden edges highlighted in orange, (you can select edges individually, or use box selection), then click .
- Right-click the view.
- Click in the drop-down menu Edit View…
- In the dialog box Drawing View click on the Hidden Line button.
- If you see this icon. , it means that you have activated the checkbox on Style above the buttons.
- After clicking the OK button, you should see the hidden lines, in the view(s).
Hidden Lines Removed
- Click Display Style > Hidden Lines Removed (Heads-up View toolbar).
- Click Hidden Lines Removed (View toolbar).
- Click View > Display > Hidden Lines Removed.
A hidden line, also known as a hidden object line is a medium weight line, made of short dashes about 1/8” long with 1/16”gaps, to show edges, surfaces and corners which cannot be seen. Sometimes they are used to make a drawing easier to understand. Often they are omitted in an isometric view.
Usually only the visible surfaces of an object are drawn in isometric, with hidden lines left out. Although this is considered the preferred practice, there are always times when hidden lines are needed to clarify very complex isometric drawings.
Figure 5: Use of dashed lines to represent edges hidden in views of a complicated object.
To show or hide hidden edges in the Drawing View Properties dialog box:
- Right-click the drawing view and select Properties.
- Select the Show Hidden Edges tab.
- Select a feature or component from either the drawing view or the FeatureManager design tree to add it to the list of items to be shown with hidden lines.