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Viewports Overview

The Viewports are the four main modelling and results viewing screens in RS3.

  • Three viewports show the model in orthogonal XY, ZX and YZ views (top/front/right).
  • The fourth viewport is the 3D perspective view.

The 2x2 view (showing all four viewports) is the default viewport configuration. This can be customized in the Viewports tab of the Display Options dialog.

Display Options - Viewports tab
Display Options: Viewports tab

To change the default setting:

  1. Select View > Display Options Display options in the main menu to open the Display Options dialog.
  2. Go to the Viewports tab.
  3. Configure the viewports as per your preference.
  4. Select Defaults > Make current settings default.

    Selecting the Viewport Layout

    The viewport layout of a project can be changed by selecting an option from the dropdown menu at the top right of the document view. There are three views available: the Split View, the 2x2 View, and the 3 Stacked View.

    2x2 View

    The 2x2 View consists of three fixed orthographic views, and one projection view on the top right. This is the default viewport configuration.

    Viewport 2x2 view
    RS3: 2x2 View

    Split View

    The Split View has only two viewports, one perspective and one orthographic, both with rotation enabled.

    Viewport Split view
    RS3: Split View

    3 Stacked View

    The initial configuration of this view has the three stacked panels displaying fixed orthographic views of the model, with the large viewport displaying a perspective view.

    Viewport 3 Stacked View
    RS3: 3 Stacked View

    Modelling

    Modelling options which require 3-dimensional input or selection can be carried out in any of the viewports depending on the perspective you desire. This includes:

    • Adding / Editing Geometry
    • Adding / Editing Support
    • Defining Boundary Conditions
    • Adding / Editing Loads

    Many modelling options are available through right-click shortcuts in the viewports. The available right-click options depend on the currently selected workflow tab. It is recommended that the user experiment to see which modelling options are available for each workflow mode.

    Analysis Results

    Analysis results displayed in the viewports include:

    • Surface contours
    • Contours on any user-defined plane
    • Isosurfaces
    • Line Queries
    • Yielded Elements
    • Deformation Vectors

    Support elements can be selected in the viewports and detailed results can be graphed.

    Viewing and Display Options

    A wide variety of viewing and display options are available in the viewports including:

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