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Shaded Views on the drawing: Hype or value?


Shaded Views on the drawing: Hype or value?

Hi all,

How many of you use shaded views on drawings?

Does it provide an advantage over traditional drawing views in your experience?

Maybe I am just an oldie...but I see no added valueor clarity when describing a part on a drawing when shaded. If anything, I find it distracting. Granted I see potential value in creating technical instructional views and literature and assembly instructions for use on a monitor on the line. Otherwise....uh...don't know.


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We used shaded views on our customer sign-off print. It lets the
customer see the graphics and paint scheme that we are applying to the
product. It is an advantage for us over our competitors who invariably
have to use Adobe or other products. The colored PDF's direct from ProE
WF5 are very distinct and for us very useful.

Richard A. Black

Lead Design Engineer

Eaton Corporation

440 Murray Hill Road

Southern Pines

NC 28387 USA

tel: 910 695 2905

fax: 910 695 2901


We have gotten feedback from our Press & Shear department that they really
like the shaded views - they find that it makes visualizing the finished,
formed part, immediate. They don't want us putting tangent lines on prints,
because they clutter up orthogonal views, but isometric views without
tangent lines are hard to interpret, so the shaded view is something they
really like.


Lyle Beidler
178 Muddy Creek Church Rd
Denver PA 17517
Fax 717-336-0514
<">mailto:-> -

We use shaded views to specify different finish/texture requirements on our molded parts. The clarity helps overcome any language differences.

We are finding that there is a not-so-obvious benefit of using shaded views on drawings.

It seems that the old saw of using wireframe display mode to increase HLR performance of large assembly drawings is obsolete.

Use the "Follow Environment" setting, and keep your display mode set to "Shaded" and you'll see what I mean!

Anyone else discover this is true?