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3.1.3. Querying Lengths, Locations and Other Properties

To begin measuring a distance or querying a location, on the Structure view toolbar click the Calculations and Queries drop down button. A dialog box displays.

By default, your structure changes from a solid view to a wireframe view, with snap points shown at all face centers, edge centers, and edge vertices.

You can use one of the picking methods or a more general pick filter to choose specific bodies, solids, faces, or edges in the geometry on which to show snap points.

If you click a body/solid/face/edge in the geometry before you click the Calculation button, snap points are shown only on your chosen body/solid/face/edge.

To begin the calculation, click one of the snap points. As you move the cursor, the location of the nearest snap point displays in the Calculations window and a callout in the view displays the point-to-point distance. Clicking another snap point completes the calculation. The non-normalized vector and the distance between the start and end snap points display in the window.

The Calculation window automatically displays when starting a calculation, but you can manually display it from the Structure view toolbar by clicking Calculations and Queries and choosing View Calculations/Queries from the drop-down menu.

You can initiate a new calculation by choosing Distance Point to Point from the drop-down menu.

You can calculate the minimum distance between two entities by choosing Minimum Distance Between Entities from the drop-down menu. Click an edge, face, body, or solid for the first entity, and an edge, face, body, or solid for the second entity, then press Enter or click the Done button on the Structure View toolbar.

You can get information about a body, face, or edge by clicking on the entity, and then choosing the appropriate Query Body, Query Face, or Query Edge command from the drop-down menu.

You can get information about a particle track or particle position (knot) by choosing the appropriate Query Particle Track or Query Particle Knot command from the drop-down menu. When the Calculation window displays, click on the track or knot in the particle annotation.

You can get information about a value in a field annotation by choosing Query Field Value from the drop-down menu. When the Calculation window displays, click the location of interest in the field annotation.

To clear all calculations from the window, click the Clear button. To close the window click the Close button. If Close on Command End is selected, the window will close automatically when you press the Esc key or click the Done button on the Structure View toolbar.

To copy the selected cells to the Clipboard, click the Copy Selected button or press Ctrl+C. To copy a specific component (x, y or z) from the selected cells, select the appropriate option from Copy Selected drop-down menu.

To change the working length unit in the dialog box, select a unit of measure from the drop-down menu to the right of Length Unit.

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