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Visualizing a 3-D Model

A three-dimensional model contains one or more Multibody components. The Visualization Window shows you a 3-D graphical representation of you multibody system and (optionally) lets you build your multibody model. Additionally, after you run your simulation, you can play a 3-D animation of your system to analyze it further. There are two parts to 3-D visualization in the Visualization Window: the 3-D Workspace and the 3-D Playback Window.

3-D Workspace

The 3-D Workspace is found in the 3-D Construct tab of the Visualization Window. 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 Construct Window...  The Visualization Window opens showing the 3-D Workspace.  Alternatively, from the MapleSim main toolbar, click Show 3-D Construct Window ( ).

Notes:

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

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To keep the 3-D Workspace visible while you are building your model, press 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 Visualization 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 Visualization 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 Visualization Window...  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 Visualization Window to view it.

 

For more information, 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

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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