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Did You Know? Assigning Appearance States in Creo 4.0

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Did You Know? Assigning Appearance States in Creo 4.0

Assigning an appearance to an assembly helps you visualize the finished product. So, what happens when you have appearance variations? With Creo 4.0, now you can assign “appearance states” to those variations. You can even link them to assembly combined views. Let’s get the details from an expert:


In the View Manager, you can now set the appearance state of your component, assign multiple appearances to the same component occurrence, use appearance states inside combined views, and easily switch between appearance variants.


Use the Master Appearance to start assigning appearances from a clean sheet. The Master Appearance can be changed but can only be saved to a new appearance state, which will be automatically activated after it is created.


Changing the appearance of the Master Appearance.Changing the appearance of the Master Appearance.
A plus next to the appearance state name in the lower left of the graphics area indicates when the master is being changed. Reactivating the Master Appearance will reset the applied changes.


Reactivating the Master Appearance in the View Manager dialog.Reactivating the Master Appearance in the View Manager dialog.
Unlike the Master Appearance, the Default Appearance can be changed and copied to a new appearance.
When editing the model appearances of copied appearance states, a warning dialog appears to confirm that you want to change the appearance for all copies of the state.


You can add a description to the appearance, and it will appear in the Description column of the View Manager.


A description was added to Appearance0002.A description was added to Appearance0002.
When clearing assembly-assigned appearances, a confirmation appears, asking you to choose which appearances to remove. You can remove the appearances from the active state only or from all active and non-active states, including the default state.


To see a demo of these features, check out the video: https://youtu.be/dCTafGpGDQ4
You can also learn more by reading the PTC Creo Help Center page, Appearance States.


If you haven’t already, download the software here and try it yourself. And stay tuned to our “Did You Know” blog series, as we cover more enhancements in PTC Creo 4.0.


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