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Visualizing a 3-D Model

A three-dimensional model contains one or more Multibody components. To see a 3-D graphical representation of your multibody model, select the 3-D Workspace tab in the Analysis window where you can see a rendering of your model and optionally build your multibody model. To play 3-D animation of your simulation, access the 3-D Playback Window in the Simulation Results tab of the Analysis window where you can view the motion of your model.

3-D Workspace

Select the 3-D Workspace tab in the Analysis window to access the 3-D Workspace. In the 3-D Workspace you can:

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Build a complete model in three-dimensional space.

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Browse your 3-D model from all directions in three-dimensional space.

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Add shapes and lines, including geometry imported from an external CAD file, to create a realistic-looking representation of your model.

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Define individual forces acting on specific model components.

To access the 3-D Workspace:

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From the View menu, select Show 3-D Workspace...  The Analysis window opens with the 3-D Workspace tab selected.  Alternatively, from the MapleSim main toolbar, click Show 3-D Workspace ( ).

Notes:

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You can build a multibody model by adding and connecting components in the model workspace or in the 3-D Workspace.  Changes made to one view are automatically reflected in the other view. To drag multibody components from the Library Components tab to the 3-D Workspace, put the 3-D Workspace beside the main MapleSim window, and then drag the desired component to the 3-D Workspace.

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To keep the 3-D Workspace visible while you are building your model, click Always-On-Top ( ). This allows you to add multibody components to the Model Workspace and at the same time see the 3-D visualization of your model in the 3-D Workspace.  

3-D Playback Window

The 3-D Playback Window is found in the Simulation Results tab of the Analysis window. After you simulate a model that contains multibody components, you can view a 3-D animation of your model using the Playback controls. In the 3-D Playback Window you can:

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View your 3-D model from all directions and for any component in three-dimensional space.

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Control animation and playback options to focus on the motions of specific model components.

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Jump to a specific time in the simulation.

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Increase or decrease the animation playback speed.

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Change the direction of playback to either forward or reverse.

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Analyze individual forces acting on specific model components.

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See the behavior of your model under different initial conditions and at different simulation start times by using the Snapshot feature.

To access 3-D Playback Window:

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First, simulate your model.  When the simulation finishes, the Analysis window opens.  The Simulation Results tab includes both simulation plots and the 3-D Playback Window.

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From the View menu, select Show Simulation Results...  Alternatively, from the MapleSim main toolbar, click Show Simulation Results ( ).

Tip: If the playback window is not visible, double-click 3-D Playback Window in the Plot Windows palette in the left pane of the Simulation Results tab to view it.

 

For more information on visualizing a 3-D model, see Chapter 4: Simulating and Visualizing a Model in the MapleSim User's Guide.

See Also

Adding Attached Shapes from an External File

Adding Attached Shapes from the MapleSim Component Library

Analysis Window

Exporting a Movie

Fit Animation

Fit Scene

Multibody Overview

Playing an Animation

Playing a Tracking Animation

Running a Simulation

Taking a Snapshot

Toolbar: 3-D Toolbar

Toolbar: Playback Controls

Using a Snapshot in a Simulation

Using the Force Arrow

Using the Torque Arrow


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