Introduction: SelfCAD Cool Tips and Tricks
Step 1: Aligning Models on Top of Another Model
- You can easily align a model on top of the other in SelfCAD instead of dragging and dropping.
- You can do this by selecting the object you want to align, select Align tool under the Advanced Transformation section.
- On the reference section, select the model you want to be placed on top then Select Top and finalize.
Step 2: Copying Multiple Objects
- Instead of using CTL+ C (learn more about Keyboard shortcuts here) when creating several copies of objects, you can use the Copy Offsets to do so.
- Go to Edit drop-down menu, select Copy offset and set the number of copies of the models you need.
- In order to align the objects, you have copied in a straight line, retain the position but change the value of the X-Axis to where you need it.
Step 3: Resizing the Workspace
- Depending on the size of the model you are working on, you can easily customize the size of your workspace.
- To do this, select the Workspace settings from the View section and adjust the values of the Workspace and segment sizes.
Step 4: Adjusting the Opacity and Light of the Workspace.
For those who have *eye disorders* you can be able to choose how your workspace will appear by playing around with the Opacity and Light values.
- You can do this by going to View >Worspace settings >Opacity & Light.
Step 5: Using Camera Tool to Change View of a Model
- Select the Camera tools in the Camera section and be able to change the view of your object.
- In the second tool to the right, the drop-down menu gives you the option for true Front, Back, Top, Bottom, Right and Left.
Step 6: Twisting an Object
- In SelfCAD, you can easily twist objects using Twist Tool found in the Advanced Transformation Section.
Step 7: Customizing Workspace Planes
- Applying planes on the sides of the workspace is sometimes important especially when 3D designing or 3D modeling complex models.
- You can customize them by going to Workspace settings Changing the values of Plane Show/Hide.
- By selecting Show, you will be given the option to show or hide Lines, Measurements, and Labels.
Step 8: Rounding Objects
- Round Shapes option found in the Tools section allows you to easily round any 3D object in SelfCAD.
This is one of our favorite tools and really makes using SelfCAD with 3D Printing in mind, easy.
Step 9: Creating a Hole or a Gap in a Model
- The Difference option in the Stitch and Scoop tool (found under tools)allows one to create a hole or a gap in any model by extracting one model from the other.
- You can achieve this by Selecting Difference under Stitch and Scoop tool ( [previously known as the Boolean tool) then select the object you want to extract.