SOLIDWORKS have a great tools to configure the Transparency settings for clarifying the inner details of a design and gaining access to obstacle areas of a part or an assembly. However, transparency can become difficult to manage especially for face transparency, as it is not tracked in the Feature Manager Design Tree like features and bodies. You must select each transparent face, right click, and turn transparency off, one-by-one.
To apply or remove transparency from all faces of a part, follow these steps:
- Expand the FeatureManager® design tree to display the transparency states of all features.
- Ensure that none of the solid bodies or features have transparency.
- If they do, clear the selection of these items.
If some faces in the graphics area are still transparent, it is likely that the faces control the transparency. Usually, when applying transparency to a face, you right-click the face and select ‘Change Transparency’. This applies transparency to a new face selection and adds the transparency as an appearance.
To do this:
- Go to ‘View’ > ‘Toolbars’ > select ‘Selection Filter’.
- Select ‘Filter Faces (X)’ and then press ‘CTRL+A’ to select all faces in the graphics area.
- In the graphics area, right-click the part > deactivate the ‘Change Transparency’ feature. This ensures that all faces are now visible.
- Press the F5 key to clear the selection filter.