Measure a Custom Surface Area

Measure custom surface areas across a single or multiple elements & in a single or multiple reference planes

Written by Faisal Ramady
Updated over a week ago

The Custom Surface Area feature uses point snapping and allows you to take accurate measurements of any custom polygonal area in your 3D model. All the measurements you take are recorded in your Measurements Card tool.
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Create custom surface area measurements

  • Click on the Measurements icon (Measurements Card will appear)

  • Click on the Custom Polygonal Area icon to activate (orange) the feature
    โ€‹Click on it again to deactivate it (grey)

  • Click on the model geometry to start locating points in the model.
    After each click:
    - a point appears in the model
    - a measurement banner displays the incremental area calculation as you add more points

  • The measurement point is:
    - Red when you hover in space
    - Grey when you hover on model geometry
    - Green when you snap onto a surface edge

  • You can spin around the model whilst measuring or selecting your next point

  • To finish your Custom Polygonal Area measurement double click on your final point selection

  • Every Custom Surface Area measurement appears in the Measurements card with the relevant area displayed in the model or federation units. The selected total instantly updates based on the added or removed area

Change the custom surface name

  • In the Measurements card, hover over the custom area name
    and click on the pen icon

  • Rename the custom area in the text editor and click on the Save icon

  • Click on the X button if you wish to cancel the renaming operation

Change custom surface colour

  • By default, all Custom Surface Area measurements have a pink colour

  • Click on the paint drop-down next to the custom area you wish to recolour

  • Choose a colour from the palette or enter a HEX colour code

  • Click on the green Save button
    โ€‹A new colour will apply to the area measurement in the model

Remove custom surfaces

  • Click on the X icon next to each Custom Surface Area measurement to individually delete it from the Measurements card

  • Or click on small X in the measurements banner to delete the custom area directly in the model

Expand/Collapse custom surfaces list

  • Click on the arrow icon button to expand and collapse the list of Custom Surface Area measurement created. This option is particularly useful when dealing with a large list of measurements.

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