Tools | Measurements

This helps user to measure shortest 3D distance between two points on the model. Annotation labels with measured value will be attached to the dimension lines.

Note:

  • Font and sizes of measurement labels can be modified using Label Settings dialog.
3D Distance    Linear Distance Measurement
3 Point Arc     Arc Measurement 
Snap Vertex    Helps user to select the vertex nearest to clicked point.
Vertex Info. Allows user to view x, y, z coordinates while moving the mouse over the model.

 

User can measure linear distance in the following ways,

  1. Point to Point : Measures distance between two user picked points.
  2. Point to Edge: Measures shortest distance between point and the edge picked by user.

  3. Point to Face: Measures shortest distance between point and triangle picked by user.

 

Linear Distance Measurement

  • Click Tools | Measure | 3D Distance option.
  • Click 2 points of interest on the model to measure the distance.
  • The points clicked are highlighted in red color and a line is drawn between the end points
  • An annotated label with distance value is attached to the middle point of line drawn.

 

How to measure distance between point and an edge?

  • Click 'Tools | Measurements | Point to Edge'.

  • Click a point on a model and click on a model for closest triangle edge.

  • The point and the closest edge will be highlighted in red color. Edge is extended if foot of perpendicular does not lie in the edge segment.

  • An annotated label with distance value is attached to the middle point of line drawn.

How to measure distance between point and a face?

  • Click 'Tools | Measurements | Point to Face'.

  • Click a point on a model and click on a model triangle.

  • The point and triangle points will be highlighted in red color.

  • An annotated label with distance value is attached to the middle point of line drawn.

 

 

Arc Measurement

  • Click Tools | Measurements | 3PointArc option.
  • Click on 3 points of interest to create Arc
  • An arc is drawn from start point to end point passing through the second point.
  • All three points are highlighted in red color.
  • An arrow is drawn from center of arc to the curve to denote the radius.
  • An annotated label with arc information is attached to the center of arc.
  • Curve hidden behind the model is drawn with dashed lines.

 

Snap Vertex

  • This enables user to select a nearest vertex of model through mouse click while measuring distance or an arc.

  • User can use Snap Vertex option to assure that the arc computed and drawn is passing through actual arc points of model.

  • Click Tools |Measurements | Snap Vertex to enable this option.

Below is the snap shot of same arc measurement above with snap vertex enabled.

 

Vertex Info

  • When this option is selected, user can see a label with the X, Y, Z coordinates of an existing vertex, as user moves the mouse over the model.

  • It helps user to know position of parts by its nodal coordinate values.

  • Section:

    User can define a custom section plane through three known coordinate points.

  • Measurement:

    User is able to know the shortest distance between two nodes rather than two points.

    User is able to compute an arc passing through three exact nodes.