Accessing various predefined views in Mechanical is easy. You can click on the triad axes (including the negative sides of the axes) and view the model down those axes, or click the turquoise isometric ball for an isometric view. Or you can right click the graphics area and select from a variety of views (top, back, left, etc.) from the View menu.
But what if you want a predefined view that has the model rotated “just so” and zoomed out “just so?” What if you want to store these settings not just in your current model, but bring them into other models as well? Starting in R14.5 you can do this, using the Manage Views window.
To open the Manage Views window, click on the eye-in-a-box icon that looks like it was designed by Freemasons. The Managed Views window appears at the lower left of the GUI. The window consists of the following:
The labels are pretty self-explanatory, but let’s delve into a couple of examples. As you can see by observing the triad, the model viewpoint shown here does not coincide with any pre-defined view.
As mentioned before, you can apply the same view between different models by using the View Export/Import capabilities. To do this, simply highlight the named view to be exported in the originating model and click the Export button. Specify the xml file to which the view is to be stored. In another model, click the Import button and browse to the xml file containing the view to be imported. This is basically the Mechanical equivalent of an APDL file containing /VIEW and /ZOOM commands. Example follows.
The following view is to be stored and exported to another model. Highlight the view name (“Sulk”) and click the Export button.
Frankie the Frowning Finite Element Model worries that views can’t be shared between models.
Specify the xml file name and click Save.
In a different model, click the Import button, browse to the xml stored in the previous step, and click open.
Highlight the imported view name and click the Apply a View button.
Sammy the Smiling Simulation Model is happy that views can be transferred between models.
The Managed Views window provides a significant amount of viewing versatility over the standard viewing definitions.