The Tools Toolbox in Smithsonian X 3D #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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More details about the Smithsonian X 3D site that we shared about last week. Some of the tools they are adding — including a measuring tape, cross section, and 2.5D Mode — are revolutionizing how visitors can explore the Smithsonian digital collection!

The Smithsonian X 3D explorer provides a number of tools to further explore 3D models. The tools toolbox is the central place to access them.

  1. Click to enable the measuring tape. Then click two points on the model to measure the distance between them. Yellow pins connected by a white line will show you the exact location of the measurement points.
  2. Distance measurement results  can be displayed in imperial or metric units. Chose your preferred setting here.
  3. Click one of these buttons to activate cross-section mode. You can select between 3 principal directions. Cross-section is only available if the current model is displayed in 3D mode.
  4. Drag the slider to change the position of the cut plane.
  5. Use this switch to change the direction of the cross-section.
  6. If in 2.5D view mode, this button enables the height profile display.

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