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    Question Controlling Lineweights in Exploded Axo Drawings (Displaced Elements)

    I'm working on an exploded axo drawing of a rather complicated wooden structure, and was quite delighted to have found the Displace Elements tool which makes things quite a bit easier than I thought it would.

    Where I'm running into issues is controlling the lineweights of the elements in the drawing. Basically what I want to do is thicken the profile lines of each distinct element (as you would in a traditional axo), but I've learned that the Lineweight tool won't work with displaced elements/displacement sets... quite a limitation. Additionally, detail lines on a drafting view laid on top of my model view won't work because the structure is too complicated to outline without my detail lines snapping to the model. I'm also not sure that a V/G override will achieve what I want, because editing the weight of the projection lines will also thicken the "folds" instead of just the outer profile of the object.

    Is there a way to accomplish what I'm hoping for that doesn't involve essentially free-handing detail lines? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    The first thing that comes to mind is sub categories or filters, but I have never worked with Displaced Elements, so no idea if those work with that.

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    I haven't tried it myself, but I wonder if Silhouettes might work for this?
    Click on the Visual Styles icon (next to the View scale), then pick the top line - Graphic Display Options...
    Then pick a Line Type for the edges
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    I haven't tried it myself, but I wonder if Silhouettes might work for this?
    Click on the Visual Styles icon (next to the View scale), then pick the top line - Graphic Display Options...
    Then pick a Line Type for the edges
    Click image for larger version. 

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    This is precisely what I was looking for, thank you DaveP! I was expecting I would need a much more complicated workaround, but I'm pleasantly surprised to see that there's an actual Silhouette setting.

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