List of Teardrop CAD drawing files to see 3D virtually

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List of Teardrop CAD drawing files to see 3D virtually

Postby sdtripper2 » Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:16 pm

Image ***** Free 3D Virtual Visualization Software ***** Image

Mike Schneider the TTT&T founder wrote:Recently I came across a really great, simple way to share trailer models
with the world! It's called Virtual Reality. My CAD program exports virtual
reality (.wrl) files and all you need to view these files is two programs.
ModelPress Reader a free install program for PC's and a free Internet
Explorer or Firefox plugin called "Cortona" for both PC's and MAC's.

Mike wants to share these free Parallel Graphics programs to enrich the
experience of building and or seeing CAD files of trailer designs. He would
like to expose new and old hands on this forum to the possibilities of seeing
designs in a virtual reality. He knows there are many CAD programs and
3D virtual reality viewers out there but would have you take a look at the
ModelPress Reader & Cortona 3D Virtual Reality Viewer at this time as a
step into the Virtual reality viewing world of drawings.

1) This Thread is an attempt to instruct the novice who would like to know
more of how to take measurements and find any dimension for your trailer
CAD design, using modelpress reader.

2) Then be able to take your creation and see it in three dimensions by
moving it around in a virtual world
without having to learn much computer
aided design using Cortona.

3) It is intended here that you are working from an already completed CAD
.wrl file. That is that someone has already created the CAD drawing and
saved it in the .wrl format. To create a CAD drawing is out of the scope of
this information given here of taking measurements and seeing the design
in a virtual environment.

The flow of this post follows.

First we will show you how to install the modelpress reader.
With this tool you will download .wrl files and then use them off line with
the Modelpress reader to get exact measurements of your designed trailer.
A) This is to be downloaded and installed like a program on a Microsoft platform only NOT MAC.
B) Modelpress reader will tell you any dimension you want to know.

Second we will show you how to install Cortona, a
browser virtual reality 3D add on that will allow you to see a CAD design
in all positions.
A) This browser add on can be used on both MAC and PC platforms
B)Cortona is good for a spin letting you view your design from any direction.

Third we will have some shared .wrl file examples for you to experiment with.
End of explanation of flow******


VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language)
are WRL files, with ".wrl" extensions

Introduction to VRML
VRML Primer and Tutorial
Other sources for VRML
3D = three dimensional
(CAD) = computer-aided design
Virtual Reality
End Definitions******

3D CAD Visualization Software with (WRL) files used for measurements

The ModelPress Reader views the highly-compressed 3DF files as well as
VRML, STL and HSF formats. It can be a standalone desktop application, be
embedded in another desktop application, or be embedded in custom Web
pages to be a Web-delivered control, designed to work with Microsoft
Internet Explorer.

Download ModelPress Reader (ModelPress Reader.exe) for PC's, this is the free download

ModelPress Reader review the features
Embedding the MPView Control in Microsoft Office Products

Instillation ModelPress Reader:
After downloading the ModelPress Reader.exe file:
Install the file and reboot the PC
There will be an Icon on the desktop that will be used to open the program

Getting started ModelPress Reader:
Example of how to get started and use the ModelPress Reader:
Download winterwarrior.wrl file to your desktop:
(right click as select "save as") ... arrior.wrl
Click on the ModelPress Reader Icon that is on your desktop.
The ModelPress Reader will open.
Click File > Click Open
Find the winterwarrior.wrl that you saved and open that file.
Experiment with Measurements

Example of what you can see and measure:

Other downloads
ModelPress many product options for downloads of free and cost products here
End ModelPress Reader******


Explore CAD files in 3D Virtual Reality
A program called "Cortona" using (WRL) files,
will spin your CAD design in a virtual space to see every angle.

Complete Web3D viewer!
Cortona® VRML Client is a fast and highly interactive Web3D viewer that is
ideal for viewing 3D models on the Web. A set of optimized 3D renderers
guaranties the best visual quality on both PCs with the latest video-cards
and those with more basic video card capabilities.

Cortona VRML Client works as a VRML plug-in for popular Internet
browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape Browser, Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox,
etc.) and office applications (Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, etc).

But Cortona Client is more than just a plug-in! The powerful Automation
Interface allows you to add exciting 3D capabilities to your Web site and
standalone applications.

Process for loading the "Cortona" 3D Virtual Reality program for PC's
So first task will be to load the "Cortona"program Cortona Version
System Requirement needs for your computer click here for PC's

Installation for PC Cortona FREE browser add on here...

For MAC installations:

"Cortona" MAC OS X

"Cortona" MAC

Basic instructions for use of "Cortona" 3D Virtual Reality program
User Guides

After installing Cortona into your browser you will be able to virtually view
the examples below just by clicking on them. The browser will open a view
of the image automatically.

Note: Basic use of Cortona:
Click on the STUDY button
Click on the PAN or TURN buttons for different views
USE your ARROW KEYS on your keyboard to move the image.


End Cortona******

WRL Shared files:
Introduction to VRML = (.wrl) files
VRML Primer and Tutorial
Other sources for VRML

Some ".wrl" files that Mike and others have ready to share with you

Final design of the Weekender

Image ... kender.wrl

Image ... llinn3.wrl ... linn3b.wrl











Image ... arrior.wrl

End shared files and end of post
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Postby bledsoe3 » Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:27 am

As always, nice work Steve. :thumbsup:
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.
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