In a previous post “Getting Started in A360 – How to Navigate the Main Page” we talked about how to search from the A360 Hub. Now let’s take a look at how to view and search designs from the Large Model Viewer.
Let’s begin by going to a Project that has drawings in the Data folder.
Click on Data to view the data that you have uploaded in your project. In this case I have 3 drawings already uploaded.
TIP: Click on the different tile modes to change how you view the data.
Next click on the drawing and open it up. This brings up the LMV so you can view and rotate your model. Once the viewer is open, you have multiple options. On the left side you have a Search Bar, Comments, History of Uploads and Basic Details on the drawing.
On the top right side of the viewer are more options that include: Share, Actions, Tags, Information, Download and “X” to exit the viewer.
Grayed out on the bottom of the viewer are more controls – Orbit, Pan, Zoom, Camera, Explode Model, Reset Model, Settings and my favorite…Full Screen View!
TIP: Move your mouse over the bottom of the viewer to reveal the viewer menu bar.
Now let’s take a look at the search capabilities. In the upper right hand corner I will type in “wheel.” Notice we find all four wheels and a dialog box that provides details of what is showing in the viewer.
TIP: You can search for your drawings in the upper left hand corner of the viewer and from the toolbar Model View on the bottom of the viewer.
Next move your mouse over the toolbar beneath the model in the Viewer and click on Model Structure. This will bring up a dialog that shows all the details in the model.
Start clicking on the text in the dialog box and notice it displays parts in the model.
In some cases, you may not know the actual name of the part that you want to isolate within the model. No problem – just click on the part!
TIP: You can select multiple parts by using the CTL key while clicking on additional parts.
Now that you have selected multiple parts, right click on the model and select Isolate. NOTE that you have multiple options here including – Hide Selected, Show All Objects and Focus. Play around with these options to better understand how they work.
Once you click on Isolate, you will see the remainder of the model dim.
TIP: If you want to have the entire model visible again, right click and select Show All Objects.
That was a quick look at multiple ways to view and search your models. Now go out and load some of your own drawings and models, and take A360 for a test drive!