Not seeing sharp corners when using thick lines?

Thick line corner gapHave you ever noticed there is a gap on the corners of your lines when you have model edges or sketch lines?  You will usually notice this when you try to use very thick lines on a SOLIDWORKS drawing.  Why are you seeing this gap?  Welp, as with most visual display characteristics in SOLIDWORKS, there is a setting for that.  You actually have three options for corner appearance: Flat (default), Square and Round.  This is found in your drawing’s document properties at Tools pulldown>Options…>Document Properties>Line Font on a setting called End cap style.

End cap style

 

Flat is the default option and normally works fine for most cases.  However, if you are using much thicker lines, you can utilize one of the other two options to get the look you need.  It is important to note that this setting applies individually to each of type of edges, so you can use a different end cap style for sketches than you use for visual edges.

Square:

Square end cap style

Round:

Round end cap style

Author: fcsuper

As a drafter, mechanical designer and CAD engineer, I've been in the mechanical design field since 1991. For the first 8 years of my career, I was an AutoCAD professional. I utilized AutoLISP and many other AutoCAD customization features to streamline drafting activities for 6+ drafters and designers. I authored several custom functions, one of which was published in the March 1997 issue of Cadalyst Magazine. Since 1998, I've been used SolidWorks non-stop. I've worked to utilize the SolidWorks' user environment to simplify drafting and design activities for 20+ engineers. I've created this website to provide current information about SolidWorks from a variety of contributors. More recently, I am now employed by Dassault Systemes as SOLIDWORKS Sr. Product Definition Manager to improve drawing, annotation and MBD related areas.

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