Saturday, October 29, 2011

Working With Visual Styles in Autodesk Inventor

Platform: Autodesk Inventor Professional 2011

Level of difficulty: Beginners



Author: Ndianabasi Udonkang

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There are various ways of visualising designs in Autodesk Inventor. Visual styles provide a very convenient means of visualisation.

Visual styles available in Autodesk Inventor include:

  1. Realistic
  2. Shaded
  3. Shaded with Edges
  4. Shaded with Hidden Edges
  5. Wireframe
  6. Wireframe with Hidden Edges
  7. Wireframe with Visible Edges Only
  8. Monochrome
  9. Watercolor
  10. Illustration.

To change the visual style of a part or assembly, go to the Ribbon > View tab > Appearance panel and click on the Visual Styles drop-down list. Choose any visual style on the list.

Figure 1



REALISTIC



The realistic visual style provides high-quality shading, texture, and colours as defined in the Autodesk Material library

Figure 2

SHADED



The shaded visual style displays components as smooth shaded objects but without visible model edges. Standard colours are used.

Figure 3

SHADED WITH EDGES



The Shaded with Edges visual style displays components as smooth shaded objects with visible model edges displayed as solid lines. The Edge colour comes from component colour assignment.

Figure 4

SHADED WITH HIDDEN EDGES



The Shaded with Hidden Edges visual style displays components as smooth shaded objects with visible hidden edges displayed as dashed lines.

Figure 5

WIREFRAME



The Wireframe visual style displays components are wireframe objects with face visibility turned off. All edges are displayed with one colour.

Figure 6

WIREFRAME WITH HIDDEN EDGES



The Wireframe With Hidden Edges visual style displays components are wireframe objects with face visibility turned off and hidden edges visibility turned on. Visible edges are shown in solid lines while hidden edges are shown in dashed lines.

Figure 7

WIREFRAME WITH VISIBLE EDGES ONLY



The Wireframe with Visible Edges Only visual style displays components as wireframe objects with all hidden edges turned off. Model edges are displayed as solid lines.

Figure 8

MONOCHROME



The Monochrome visual style displays components in simplified monochrome (black and white) appearance with visible and hidden model edges turned off.

Figure 9

WATERCOLOR



The Watercolor visual style displays components with hand-painted watercolor effect. Non-photorealistic color effect are applied and background or canvas is textured.

Figure 10

ILLUSTRATION



The Illustration visual style displays components with an hand sketch visual effect. Edges color are displayed with one colour.

Figure 11