DentalCAD - overview

Legacy software documentationThis page documents an old version of the exocad software. See documentation for the latest version


==Navigating in 3D space with the mouse==

Mouse navigation

You may navigate in 3D space using your mouse:

  • Use the right mouse button (hold and drag) to rotate the view
  • Use the mouse wheel to zoom and unzoom
  • Use both mouse buttons (hold both and drag) to move the view. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard arrow keys
  • Press the mouse wheel (middle mouse button) to center the point you clicked, and define this point as the new rotation center
HotkeySee the section 'Hotkeys' for a list of hotkeys that are available for the 3D viewer.

Alternative navigation methods

A 3dconnexion 3D mouse is also supported for navigation. On Windows 7 systems, multi-touch monitors are supported for 3D navigation (including pinch-to-zoom functionality, known from popular smartphones).

Showing/hiding objects in the viewer

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The "Show/Hide groups", as the name suggests, allows you to show or hide objects (like scan data, constructed parts), by using the checkboxes left of the group description. Objects are grouped by type. For a more fine-grained selection, unfold a group by clicking on the little arrow left of the checkbox.

As you proceed with the construction, the list will become more and more populated. A menu is available by right-clicking on a group (E.g. right-click on "Anatomic shapes"). Among other things, this allows you to toggle transparency for an entire group of parts – a frequently used feature.

Unfold the "Teeth" expander to switch visibility on a per-tooth basis. Unfold the "Hidden" expander to see what parts are currently hidden. Use the "Show all" button to show all parts available.

HotkeyInstead of using the "Show all" button, you can also hold down the <ALT> key to temporarily show all parts.

The context menu

Context menus are available to help you explore what functions are available at a particular stage in the construction.

TipIf you're new to this software, you will not need to use the context menu at all. But as you get more familiar with the software, you will appreciate the the options found there.

You can use the context menu to apply a certain function to:

  • All teeth (the 'root' context menu)
  • Just one tooth (the 'tooth-specific' context menu)
  • A group of previously selected teeth

You can open the 'root' context menu by right-clicking on the background of the CAD window. Functions you select here will be applied to all suitable parts of the construction. The 'root' context menu also gives you access to some advanced dialogs, found in the 'View' submenu.

By right-clicking on an individual tooth in the viewer, you can open the 'tooth-specific' context menu. Items you select here will be applied only to the tooth you clicked on.

To apply a context menu function to a group of teeth (but not to all), hold <CTRL> and click on the teeth to mark (note that the teeth will change color). Then, right-click on the background to see the context menu specific to the marked teeth.

The context menu will adapt itself to the current state of the construction, so the menu entries you see vary during the course of the design. So if you're looking for a particular feature, it's always a good idea to explore the context menu. But note that while the wizard is running, only a stripped-down version of the context menu is available.

Some of the most-used menu entries from the context menu are also available though the button bar, which appears when the wizard is closed.

The wizard

After starting the CAD module, a "wizard" window will open, which will guide you step by step through the construction. Explore the options presented to you in each wizard screen, and click 'Next' to proceed to the next step. Of course, you can always use the 'Back' button to return to previous steps in the wizard. The wizard will present you reasonable default values (depending on the type of construction and the material selected) for all construction parameters. You are free to change them; any parameters you change in the wizard will be applied to all teeth in the construction.

TipAdvanced users often chose to close the wizard window at some stages in the construction, and use the context menu instead – this gives you the option to apply specific parameters to specific teeth. Note that while the wizard is running, only a simplified version of the context menu is displayed – so by closing the wizard, you get access to all the options available at this particular stage. To restart the wizard once it is closed, right-click on the background, and chose "View->Wizard". The wizard will then start at the next step in the construction.