This TechNote gives steps on producing a view of ProSteel objects that are shaded, but display hidden lines. This can be useful when needing to show the hidden lines in a layout created in AutoCAD while keeping the objects solid.
Here are the steps to create the needed Visual Style within AutoCAD 2019 and up. A user will be able to apply this Visual Style to model space or have it print out with it applied.
1. Launch the ProStructures for AutoCAD.
2. Once it is fully launched, open the Visual Style Manager by either going into View > Visual Styles > Visual Styles Manager or by typing VISUALSTYLES in the working window and left click on it.
3. Press the "Create New Visual Style" button.
4. Give the Visual Style a Name and the description is optional.
5. Change the "Show", under the "Edge Settings", to Facet Edges. Doing this will open up the "Occluded Edges" and the "Intersection Edges" options.
6. Go to the "Occluded Edges" and change the "Show" to "Yes", the "Color" to any desired color, and the "Linetype" to "Dashed" (or any other line type that you want to use).
7. Once these options have been set, now activate the new Visual Style by double clicking on it or by selecting it and pressing the "Apply Selected Visual Style to Current Viewport".
The view should now display a solid with dashed lines as the hidden lines.
These same steps can be applied to AutoPLANT Piping and Equipment components, however, because of how the cylinders are created in the program, there will be a large number of lines that represent the shape and can make view more difficult.