General Measurements

Measure length, angles, radii, volumes, areas, bounding boxes, and more.

Measure Length, Angles, and Radii

Use the Measure tool to draw, length, angle, and radius measurements in the modeling window.

  1. From the Home tools, click the Measure tool.

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  2. Draw lines to measure length, angles, and radii.
    • Measure length by left-clicking on geometry to create start and end points.
    • Measure an angle or the radius of a circle by drawing two lines that start or end at the same point.

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  3. Extract additional information from the measurements in the following ways:
    • Click on a length measurement to expand or collapse the individual measurement components (Dx, Dy, Dz).
    • Right-click on a measurement to copy individual line items or all measurement values in a selected label. When you copy all, the component labels are retained so you can distinguish between the values. When you copy an individual component, only the value is kept. This way you can quickly paste into another field.
    • Right-click on the radius value to show/hide the circle that represents the three points contained within the two length measurements.
    • Hover over a length measurement to view the start (1) and end (2) points of the line. This gives you a reference for the component values.
    • Hover over a curved line to view the line length.

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  • Use snap points to draw lines that are perpendicular or tangent to other lines, and snap to predefined points on your model such as end, middle, center, and intersection points.
  • Use the dimensioning option to modify distance, components, and angle values for selected nodes or points. These values can be in reference to a local system.

Calculate Summary Measurements

Use the Query tool to measure areas, volumes, entity counts, line lengths, bounding boxes, and more.

This tool can be utilized to identify where meshing failed or the solver created "bc warnings".
  1. Click the arrow next to the Home tool set, then select Query.

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  2. Select entities to measure in the modeling window.

    The supported entity types are: parts, solids, surfaces, lines, points, and nodes.

    Based on the entity type, the available measurement information may change.

  3. Optional: Click in the microdialog to toggle bounding box visualization.
  4. Click Compute to generate measurements for you selection.
    Tip: You can copy printed information from the text box and use it for any other dialog.