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3D Preview Box

The 3D Preview Box is a Form Control that can be placed on a DriveWorks Form, so that an interactive 3D Model can be displayed during specification.

The 3D Preview Box can run in 3 different modes:

  • File Mode

    To run the control in File Mode the File Name (see below) property of the control must be set

    When a value is applied to the File Name property the file will be displayed in the 3D Preview Box.

    If a value is not applied DriveWorks will look for a value applied to the Preview Document Name property.

  • Document Mode

    To run the control in Document Mode the Preview Document Name (see below) property must be set.

    When a value is applied to this property the document will be displayed in the 3D Preview Box.

    If a value is not applied DriveWorks will look for a value applied to the Preview Engine property.

  • Autopilot Mode

    To run the control in Autopilot Mode the Preview Engine (see below) property must be set.

    If a value is not applied DriveWorks Autopilot will use the DriveWorks 3D engine by default.

    When using Autopilot Mode, while specifying with DriveWorks Administrator or DriveWorks User, the Preview Service Location setting must be applied. (See Preview Service Location heading in the General Settings topic.

    When using Autopilot Mode, while specifying with DriveWorks Live, the Preview Service Location setting must be applied in the web.config file. (See Configuring the 3D Preview Service Location heading in the 3D Preview Service Location topic.

    When using the 3D preview Box control in Autopilot mode a location must be set for the Group Content Folder (see General Settings.)
The computer running DriveWorks Autopilot will require its Firewall settings adjusted to allow connection to the 3D Preview service. Please refer to Autopilot: 3D Preview Settings for more information.
Multiple DriveWorks Autopilots can be used to generate 3D Previews. Please see Info: 3D Preview Load Balancing for more information.
3D Preview performance in DriveWorks Live has been significantly improved. When a model changes in a document or OnDemand based preview, only the parts in the 3D scene that have changed will be downloaded. The model will continue to be visible (but locked) while the changed, removed or added parts are reloaded.
Appearance PropertiesBehavior Properties
Background ColorDefault Rotation-Zoom
Border StyleEnable Animations
Enable Image Mode
Autopilot ModeEnabled
Generation MethodError Result
TagsFile Name
TimeoutLighting
Use Relative Path RulesPreview Document Name
Use SOLIDWORKS Extension SuffixPreview Engine
Tab Index
Events PropertiesVisible
On Autopilot Preview Requested Macro
On Background Clicked MacroLayout Properties
On Model Clicked MacroHeight
On Preview Complete MacroLeft
Top
General PropertiesWidth
(Name)
(Tag)
Tooltip Duration
Tooltip Text

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3D Preview - Static

This Tech Tip shows a basic example of DriveWorks 3D. A single slider is used to pick drive3d files from a folder.

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3D Preview

Set up a 3D Preview control on your form, allowing you to display 3D Models on your form.

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A user form control that displays a box in which an interactive 3D Model can be displayed during specification in DriveWorks Live.

The 3D Preview Box can run in 3 different modes:

  1. File Mode - Requires the location of existing 3D content to be applied to the File Name property of the control.
  2. Document Mode - Requires the name of an Output Document that uses a DriveWorks 3D file to be applied in the Preview Document Name property of the control.
  3. Autopilot Mode - Requires the name of an engine that DriveWorks Autopilot will use to render 3D content back to the control, this is set in the Preview Engine property of the control.

File Mode describes the 3D Preview Box when it is pointed at a static file on your computer or the network.

Document Mode describes the 3D Preview Box when it is pointed at a DriveWorks 3D document in your DriveWorks Project. Using the 3D Preview Box in this way, enables changes on your form to alter the displayed 3D file; based on rules.

A mode of operation for the 3D Preview Box control to display 3D content.


This mode will create and render SolidWorks files using the specified engine.

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