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 Import 3D Model

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The Import 3D model panel appears to the left of the 3D Models window while importing 3D models from a file or creating 3D models from selected objects.

 

Panel tools allow you to:

 

set the name of the imported model;
see details of the imported file;

 

If you do not need to change the imported 3D model, just click OK at the bottom of the panel.

After changing the import parameters, click on the Update button to repeat import with changed parameters.

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Transformations

 

 

Units - In the box, you can select the units used in the imported 3D model, so that as a result of the import you get the exact dimensions specified by the model designer.

 

If the units of the imported model are unknown, try to choose the units so that you get a real dimensions in the Sizes in VideoCAD boxes.

 

Unit box is hidden when creating 3D model from selection.

 

Scale - In the box, you can set a factor by which all model sizes will be multiplied.

 

Sizes in VideoCAD - In the boxes you can see the dimensions of the 3D model in VideoCAD, taking into account the selected units and scale. These sizes will be set by default when placing the 3D model on the layout. You can type any sizes in these boxes.

 

The sizes are displayed in meters or feet, depending on the measurement units of the current project.

 

Mirror - Mirror model while import. For example, turn a left door to right one.

 

Tilt - Tilt the model when importing. You can select the direction and angle. An arbitrary angle can be typed from the keyboard.

 

Rotate - Rotate the model in horizontal plane when importing. An arbitrary angle can be typed from the keyboard.

 

Using the Mirror, Tilt, and Rotate tools, you can correctly import 3D models with arbitrary coordinate axes, as well as transform 3D models created from constructions.

 

You can resize, mirror, tilt and rotate existing 3D models in the VideoCAD library using the tools on the Transform tab of the 3D Models window.

 

Cut out part of 3D model

 

Cut out part of 3D model (checkbox) - If the checkbox is checked then cutting out a part of the 3D model is enabled.

 

Min (%) Max(%) - In the boxes, the minimum and maximum borders of the cutout box are set in % of the model sizes, separately for each coordinate.

 

If the Cut out part of 3D model checkbox is checked, the original 3D model was not rotated, mirrored or tilted, the Horizontal or Vertical projection is selected (not Free projection) in the 3D Models window, then the buttons with knifes become active:

,  and , when the Horizontal projection is selected in the 3D Models window;

, when the Vertical projection is selected in the 3D Models window.

 

If ransformations or cuttings were applied to the model, then buttons with knives will not be enabled. To change the cut from the original model, first return the model to its original form by unchecking the Cut out part of 3D model checkbox and clicking the Update button.

To re-cut from an already transformed or cut model, place the transformed or cut model on the layout, select and re-import it.

 

To set the borders of the cutout box on the projection of the 3D model, click on the button with knife ,  or , , and then click on the image in 3D Models window.

 

Split surfaces - If the checkbox is checked, then when cutting it is allowed to split the surfaces of the 3D model into polygons. Otherwise, the surfaces entirely will be cut out or discarded.

 

Include partially hit - If the checkbox is checked, then surfaces or polygons of the 3D model that partially get into the cutout box will be included in the cut-out part. In this case, the size of the cut out part may exceed the size of the cutout box. If there is no mark, then only surfaces and polygons that get into the cutout box entirely will be included in the cut-out part.

 

Invert cutting - If the checkbox is checked, the cut-out part will be deleted from the 3D model. Otherwise, only the cut out part will remain, the remaining parts of the model will be deleted.

 

License plate

 

On the tab you can set the placement points of the license plates. You can assign license plates even to 3D models that do not have license plates.

The coordinates of the license plates are set in proportion to the corresponding dimensions of the 3D model, which allows the model to be scaled without shifting the license plates.

 

As a license plate can be used any raster images.

 

See also: Plate, 3D model>License plate, License plates

 

Import options

 

Model ID -  VideoCAD recognizes 3D models not by names, but by integer IDs. All 3D Models in the library must have different IDs.  The value in this box is generated automatically and during normal import it is not necessary to change it. The ability to set ID can be useful when replacing existing 3D models.

 

See also: Parameters of the model.

 

Textures - Import textures of textured models.

 

See also: Textures

 

Transparency - Import transparency from models with transparency.

 

If, as a result of import, the 3D model is not visible or partially visible, then try to uncheck the Transparency box and repeat the import by clicking the Update button.

 

Double-sided surfaces - The model has surfaces with different front and back sides. As a rule, models for SketchUP are double-sided, and for 3DS Max - single-sided.  This option must be set correctly, otherwise distortions will appear.

 

If on the 3D model you see surface distortions or surfaces are not completely visible, there are spots or bald spots, then try changing this option.

 

See also: Double-sided surfaces

 

Try to repair - Enable procedures to fix import issues. These procedures can not only fix problems, but also create new ones. Therefore, the option is disabled by default. But if the 3D model is not imported or imported with errors, then try to enable this option and repeat the import by clicking the Update button.

 

Invert normals - If the imported model looks unnaturally dark, then try to enable this option and repeat the import by clicking the Update button.

 

The checkboxes Double-sided surfaces, Try to repair and Invert normals are hidden when creating 3D model from selection.

 

 

After changing the import parameters, click on the Update button to repeat import with changed parameters.

 

To finish import click ОК. To cancel import click Cancel.

 

See also: Import of 3D Models