Match up projected Break View with its parent view

Break views are common practice for some industries where long components do not fit well on standard sheet sizes at a useful scale.  SOLIDWORKS has a function to break views in the Break tool in the Drawing toolbar.  However, what if there is a projected view of that component that must also have a break?  Do the breaks in each view automatically track with each other (match up)?

Yup, but as with many abilities in SOLIDWORKS, there’s a setting.  This setting allows the user to determine if they want the projected view to always match up with the breaks in the parent view.  This choice is important, as there may be very real purpose to not have breaks in views line up.  For example, the parent and projected views may show details at different locations along the length of the component.

Unaligned break view


However, if the user wishes the parent and projected views to break at the same locations, the setting is located for the projected view in its PropertyManager>More Properties… button>Align Breaks with Parent check box.








End result in this example after a quick rebuilt (CTRL-B):

Break View UPDATE!

Newer versions of SOLIDWORKS automatically set Align breaks with parent property as checked. If you wish to have a projected view with different break alignment from its parent, you’ll have to uncheck this setting.

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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