Edit | Product Explorer

Product Explorer explores the knowledge on product model through hierarchical set up of parts and groups.

Product Explorer allows user

Left span of VCollab Pro 2011 Layout

It contains following four tabs

  • Product Explorer

  • Part List

  • ViewPoints

  • Label List

Product Explorer is the default visible one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Context Menu

Show All Shows all parts independent of selection.
Invert Show Hides visible parts and Shows invisible parts
Hide others Hides all parts except current selection
Focus Seeks for the selected part and fits the part to the viewpart
Select Selects the part by hilighting its bounding box
Add to Selection Adds to the selection list by hilighting parts bounding box
Deselect Deselects current selection
User Info Allows user to add information to the part selected.
Transform Allows user to apply any transformation to the group node. Not applicable for leaf node or individual part.
Display Mode Allows user to apply display mode to current selection
Switch Animation Switch into animation mode. Shows a part per frame as in the product tree. Click the option again to stop the animation.
Rename Allows user to rename the group or part name.
Delete Deletes selected part or group of parts from the scene and product tree.
Expand Allows user to expand the group to levels, All, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
Collapse Allows user to collapse the group to levels,  All, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
Set As Current Dataset Sets the selected model as current data set for all operations.

 

How to Hide/Show a part?

  • Check or uncheck the option in product tree to show or hide a part respectively.

  • Object 2 is hidden in the scene below.

How to highlight a part?

  • Select a part or part component in product tree

  • Click the right mouse button, which drops down a menu as below.

  • Click 'Select',  the part will be highlighted or selected with bounding box for the part.

Or

  • Simply double click the part to select a part.

  • Selecting multiple parts:

    • Add to Selection

      Click other part or group of parts and select Add to Selection option in the context menu.

    • Select Region

      Click Tools | Select Region option.

      Select the parts by dragging a rubber band in the viewer.

 

How to transform a group of parts in the tree?

  • Load a CAX model which contains more groups of parts as below.

  • Select any group of parts.
  • Right click and select Transform option in the context menu.

  • It pops up Transform dialog.
  • Click Translate option
  • Use corresponding text boxes or increment-arrow for X, Y, Z axes direction to translate.

  • Click Rotate option
  • Enter 1,0,0 in X, Y, Z  for rotation about X axis.
  • Enter 0,1,0 in X, Y, Z for rotation about Y axis,
  • Enter 0,0,1 in X, Y, Z for rotation about Z axis.

  • Click  increment-arrow near Angle textbox to rotate.
  • Increase Step value for a quick transform.
  • Click Scale option
  • Enter scale factor in X, Y, Z text boxes to scale in corresponding axes X, Y, Z respectively.

How to focus a part or group of parts?

  • Select a model in the product tree or in viewer.

  • Right click and select Focus option to fit the part to the view port.

How to delete a part or group of parts?

User can delete a part or group of parts using product explorer context menu.

  • Select a part node or group node in product tree by clicking on the node.
  • Click the node using mouse right button.
  • It drops down the context menu.
  • Select 'Delete' option.

  • It pops up a message dialog box as below.

  • Click 'Yes' to assure deletion or 'No' to cancel deletion.
  • The part or group of parts will be deleted from the scene and product tree, if 'Yes' is clicked.

User can delete a part but not group of parts using viewer double click part context menu.

  • Select a part by double clicking with mouse left button on the part of interest.
  • It drops down a context menu.
  • Select 'Delete' option.

Or

  • Select 'Delete Others' option to delete all parts except the selected one.

  • It pops up a message dialog box as below.

  • Click 'Yes' to assure deletion or 'No' to cancel deletion.
  • The part will be deleted from the scene and product tree, if 'Yes' is clicked.

  • User can save the remaining parts into CAX. In other words, deleted parts can not be saved in CAX.

How to utilize CAE switch on/off properties in product explorer?

  • User can switch on or off any CAE property listed in the following table,
Color Plot Applies color plot to the Model or Removes it.
Legend Shows/Hides the Color Palette.
Min&Max Shows/Hides Min and Max values and its attached IDs in the label.
Reverse Legend Reverses legend palette values.
Frame Info Shows/Hides frame information in the bottom left corner of viewer.
Deform Mesh Applies or Removes deformation.
Undeformed Mesh Shows /Hides Undeformed mesh.
Vector Plot Shows/Hides Vector Plot
Contour Lines Shows/Hides Contour Lines.