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Solid body visibility in drawings

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09-06-2012 03:15 PM



I'm making drawings of assemblies in Inventor 2012 and was wondering how to turn off the visibility of specific solid bodies within a single part containing multiple bodies, or make it match the visibility in the assembly and part file itself.


In particular my situation is that I have a camera whose part model includes a solid body for its view cone. The visibility of this solid is turned off, so when opening the camera itself, or the assembly containing it, it doesn't appear, but when I place that assembly or part in a drawing it's included, and the only way I've figured out to get rid of it is to turn the whole camera's visibility off within the drawing.


Thanks for the help!

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Re: Solid body visibility in drawings

09-06-2012 06:33 PM in reply to: gerry.salinas

Hi Gerry

As you described, Inventor 2012 can't manage Solid visibility in its drawing, but you can make solids into components, then place the assembly in the drawing. In assembly environment, you can create different View Representation to control part visibility, then choose corresponding view .


BTW, Inventor 2013 has such capability of  visibility control in its drawing.



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Re: Solid body visibility in drawings

07-17-2013 10:12 AM in reply to: jingyi.liu

I'm very happy to hear 2013 can do it. I have 2013. Can somebody please explain how?

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Re: Solid body visibility in drawings

07-17-2013 10:18 AM in reply to: neil.hamilton

Hi neil.hamilton,


  1. In the part file create a new View Representation.
  2. Then turn off the Visibility of the solid body.
  3. Then in your drawing file, make sure your view is using the View Representation that you created as shown in jingyi.liu's screen shot.

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I hope this helps.
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