The 3D Preview Box is a form control that can be placed on a form in DriveWorks, so that an interactive 3D Model can be displayed during specification.
The 3D Preview Box can run in three different modes:
Use File Mode to display a .drive3d file in the 3D Preview control.
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.
Use Document mode to display a configured DriveWorks 3D File - document in the 3D Preview control.
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.
Use Autopilot Mode to display a .drive3d file that has been created by going through SOLIDWORKS, to create the exact model specified in the user form, from the rules applied in the Model Rules list.
Autopilot Mode will take the first active model found from the Model Rules list.
When looking for the first active model, the search will begin from the bottom of the Model Rules list.
The first active model found is a viable root component set.
A viable component set is a top-level model with a valid file name.
Component sets can be bypassed in the Model Rules tree by setting their file name to "DELETE".
Autopilot Mode will not use these models and will continue searching up the list.
The 3D Preview control will run in Autopilot Mode when the properties: File Name, Preview Document Name and Preview Engine have no values applied to them.
When using Autopilot Mode, while specifying through DriveWorks Live, the Preview Service Location setting must be applied in the web.config file. See the 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.)
To troubleshoot Autopilot Mode please see How To: Troubleshoot Autopilot 3D Preview.
|Appearance Properties||Events Properties|
|Background Color||On Autopilot Preview Requested Macro|
|Border Style||On Background Clicked Macro|
|Display Performance Window||On Model Clicked Macro|
|Enter Immersive XR Button File Name||On Preview Complete Macro|
|Enter Inline XR Button File Name|
|Loading Progress Bar Color|
|Loading Progress Display|
|Loading Progress Image File Name|
|Autopilot Mode||General Properties|
|Use Relative Path Rules||Tooltip Duration|
|Use SOLIDWORKS Extension Suffix||Tooltip Text|
|Behavior Properties||Layout Properties|
|Camera Default Orientation||Left|
|Camera Enable Orthographic||Top|
|Camera Enable Pan||Width|
|Camera Pan Max Radius|
|Camera Rotation Limits|
|Camera Zoom Limits|
|Enable Image Mode|
|Final Frame Render|
|Preview Document Name|
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3D Preview Modes
This Tech Tip demonstrates the different ways a 3D Preview can be implemented.
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:
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.