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Visualization Components

When you connect components from this library to multibody components in the model workspace, shapes and lines called attached shapes are displayed in addition to implicit geometry displayed in the 3-D Workspace.

You can attach these components to the ports and frames of compatible multibody components or compatible connection lines to customize the appearance of your 3-D model.



Make sure that you connect the attached shapes directly to the components that they will be used to represent in the resulting animation.


If you place a modeling component in a subsystem, its attached shape components should also be placed in the same subsystem.


Attached shape components cannot be connected to subsystem ports.


Visualization components are drawn transparent in the 3-D Workspace and non-transparent in the 3-D Playback Window.

Axis - display a local coordinate system in your 3-D model

Box Geometry - display a rectangular prism in your 3-D model

CAD Geometry - display geometry imported from an .stl file in your 3-D model

Cylindrical Geometry - display a cylinder in your 3-D model

Force Arrow - display an arrow that indicates the force direction and a cylinder to represent the magnitude of force

Path Trace - display the path on which a component moves during an animation

Spherical Geometry - display a sphere in your 3-D model

Spring Geometry - display a coil shape in your 3-D model

Tapered Cylinder Geometry - display a cylinder that can have two different radius lengths at both ends

Torque Arrow - display a curved arrow that indicates the torque direction and a cylinder that represents the torque magnitude

See Also

Multibody Overview

Visualizing a 3-D Model

Adding Attached Shapes From the MapleSim Component Library

Adding Attached Shapes From an External File






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