In this blog series, we will speed up your learning curve and showcase some of the most popular features in SpinFire.
In our previous article, we discussed basic application settings and how to capture feedback, markup, and results within user views.
In this article, we have selected 3 features that demonstrate the effectiveness of CAD calculations within SpinFire: (Duration: 5 minutes)
- On-demand calculations available from a right-click.
(Volume, surface area, center of mass, weight, and bounding box)
- Minimum thickness
- Volume of a void (boundary volume by surfaces)
and remember all calculations can be saved to a user view, this feature was covered in Article 1.
On-demand calculations available from a right-click
Some calculation commands can be quickly accessed by a simple right-click. You can either right-click on a part or assembly in the assembly tree or right-click on a component in the workspace. Access the ‘Calculate’ option which contains a drop-down with the following basic calculations:
Once the result of the calculation is displayed, you can drag the label and click to place it in the desired position.
Calculate in 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Right-click on a part
Step 2: Calculate
Step 3: Select the command
The Minimum thickness command can be found under the ‘advanced’ measurements menu option to calculate the minimum thickness of a part or a surface.
Once you have selected all the parts or surfaces you want to include in the calculation, click the ‘Calculate’ button to get the result.
Watch the demo video below.
Volume of voids
The ‘Boundary Volume by Surfaces’ command can calculate the volume of a void. This function can also be found under the ‘advanced’ measurements menu option.
This function calculates the volume of a void defined by connected surfaces.
During the calculation, you will be asked to select multiple surfaces in the workspace to constrain and accurately determine the volume.
The following video will show you, through various different examples, how to perform this calculation.
You will also learn how to set different transparency levels for parts to better visualize the calculated volumes.
We hope this article helps you gain the most out of your SpinFire CAD viewer.
In our next blog post, you can learn about some of the SpinFire dimensioning features: Smart edge dimensioning, Tube length, Radial, Angular and Linear menus.