Every sketch, face, and body in Shapr3D is built with precise parameters. The Measure tool allows you to view the exact measurements of elements in the models you create. While in Measure mode, a panel pops up where you can select and pin the exact measurements of selected elements. The pop-up panel stays open while you work on your model, and you can drag this panel anywhere on your screen.
With Measure, you can:
- From the modes in the main menu, select Measure to open the pop-up panel.
- Select the items of your model that you want to measure.
View the measurement of the selected items under Current Measurements in the Measurements panel.
For quick reference, select items to see the selection information at the bottom of the screen. The selection information includes the measurement details of the selected object.
Depending on the type of object you select, you can view the following quantitative data:
- Length – Length of a line. If you select multiple lines, the sum is shown.
- Area – Area of a face. If you select multiple faces, the sum is shown.
- Volume – The volume of a body. If you select multiple bodies, the sum is shown.
- Radius – The radius of an arc, circle, sphere, cone, or cylinder.
- Diameter – The diameter of an arc, circle, sphere, cone, or cylinder.
- Angle – The angle between any two lines or two faces. If you select an arc, its central angle is shown.
- Perpendicular angle – A perpendicular angle between two lines or two faces.
- Minimum distance – The shortest distance between two lines, arcs, circles, non-parallel faces, or bodies. It can also be the shortest distance between any combination of two of the following: circle, arc, line, face, or body.
- Central distance – The central distance between a center point or central axis and any of the following: line, arc, circle, parallel face, or body. Center points are calculated for circles, cones, and spheres. For bodies, the distance from the center of gravity is calculated.
- Parallel distance – The distance between two parallel items such as sketches, edges, and faces. Note that it is possible to calculate the distance between an edge and a parallel face. This also shows the radial difference between concentric arcs, circles, spheres, and cylinders.
- X-axis – The distance on the X-axis between two lines, arcs, circles, non-parallel faces, or bodies. It can also be the distance between a combination of two of the following: circle, arc, line, face, and body.
- Y-axis – The distance on the Y-axis between two lines, arcs, circles, non-parallel faces, or bodies. It can also be the distance between a combination of two of the following: circle, arc, line, face, and body.
- Z-axis – The distance on the Z-axis between two lines, arcs, circles, non-parallel faces, or bodies. It can also be the distance between a combination of two of the following: circle, arc, line, face, and body.
A pinned measurement adds an annotation to your model to help you visualize or communicate the measurement better.
Note: You can only see the annotation for your pinned measurements while in Measure mode.
To pin a measurement:
- Under Current Measurements, select beside the measurement.
- View your pinned measurements anytime under Pinned Measurements.
- Optional: To delete or unpin a pinned measurement go back to the pop-up panel and select beside the pinned measurement.
Add point-to-point measurements
The point-to-point measurement feature lets you measure the distance between notable points.
To add a point-to-point measurement:
- From the available modes, select Measure to open the pop-up panel.
- Select Add Point-to-Point measurement.
- Select Type to choose a Measurement type.
- Point-to-Point Distance - Select 2 notable points to measure their distance.
- 3-Point Angle - Select 3 notable points to measure their subtended angle.
- Optional: Select a face or hover over a face to find notable points.
- Select the notable points you want to measure.
- Optional: You can move already placed points to new notable points.
- To finish, select Done.
Point-to-point measurements are automatically pinned.
You can highlight a current or pinned measurement for better visibility.
To do this, simply hover over a measurement in the measurement panel with your pointer, or tap it with a pen.
Learn more by watching the video below: