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Visualization
Visualization

3D models help promote rapid understanding of a design by allowing quick observation from any angle or user-controlled dynamic rotation. Using solids, it is even possible to see the inside of parts and assemblies through sectioning and transparency techniques. This type of quick understanding is especially important when designs are reviewed by tooling and production engineers who need to see more than the part as-is, but how it interacts with other parts, and any challenges in the ability to build. For product designers, the importance of conducting reviews with sales and marketing early in the process is essential. Kubotek 3D model visualization tools provide each of the design and manufacturing teams an optimal solution.

Shading
Kubotek viewing technology provides an extensive set of display options for shading models including hidden lines removed/dashed, plain wireframe, shaded with or without edges. Looking over models in different views and using various display modes is the fastest way to gain initial understanding of a design and also do a first pass inspection. For example shaded display modes use splintered shading to show overlapping face-face interferences which are a potential problem and the only visual clue of some corrupt face problems on imported models are edges that extend too far off the model.

Kubotek viewing technology also includes cosmetic thread capabilities that allow fasteners to appear with helical threads without actually weighing down the model with helical faces on each fastener.

 
An assembly of solid models in shaded display mode with edges highlighted in black
Internal
In order to get a better understanding of what is going on in crowded or obstructed view areas of a 3D model, Kubotek provides a quick cutting plane view tool that temporarily slices the model and removes the front so that a clear view of the interior is provided. Users can reposition and rotate this transparent plane as needed to see interior details of interest.
 

The Cutting Plane View function provides for viewing of internal wall thickness
Another technology provided for visualizing internal design features is the transparent face capability. When this property is applied, the semi-transparent areas can still be seen but no longer obstruct objects behind them.
 

An internal illustration created with a combination of shading and transparency
Illumination
Kubotek visualization technology includes the ability to spotlight material properties such as glossiness, simple shadows, background images, and texture or environmental mapping to provide a basic level of photographic studio type scene setup. These capabilities aid in presentation and selling of product designs at the virtual prototyping stage.
 

An illuminated scene with environment mapping. The background image and shadow is turned on.
Zebra Lines
By displaying Zebra Lines on a model, a designer can quickly evaluate the quality of any model. Designers can see how light will follow the shape of the model. Also check the continuity of the surface/face transitions and find any defects in the surfaces and faces. This tool is critical for product design and also useful to check imported parts for problems.
 

Shape inspection using Zebra Line display