Figure 1. Directly edit models no matter they have history or not
2. Maintain original constraint relationshipsWhen you modify a model, ZW3D will automatically identify and maintain its existing constraint relationships regardless of whether it has a history of not. For example, the model below does not have a history. When moving the inner hole, its concentric constraint with the outer circle can be automatically identified, so that the outer circle can be moved with it together.
Figure 2. Maintain the original constraint relationships of the model when modifying
3. Generate new history treeNew history tree will be generated when modifications are added, offering precise engineering data to you to adjust again in parametric mode. Though some mainstream CAD solutions offer Direct Edit functions, ZW3D exclusively retain your modifying process for you. In this way, you could re-edit your modifications via Direct Edit or history tree.
Figure 3. The newly-generated history tree after Direct Edit
4. Edit model dynamically and intuitivelyZW3D’s Direct Edit offers two ways to modify the features. You can input values in the dialog or directly drag the geometry to acquire the results you need. While you are editing the model, the modifications and relevant constraints will be updated in real-time so that you can preview how you are going to change the model dynamically and intuitively.
Figure 4. Dynamically and intuitively modify the model5. Diversified editing tools with precise control of dimensions Direct Edit offers multiple editing tools with precise control of dimensions. You can choose different commands to modify your models, such as DE Move, Align Move Face, Dim Move Face, etc. Moreover, you can enter an exact value in each operation to control your geometric data. In this way, you can flexibly edit models and at the same time ensure the preciseness of modeling.
Figure 5. Different commands of Direct Edit
Figure 6. Precisely control dimensions when using Direct EditTo summarize, Direct Edit is your ideal helper in complex product design or in team collaboration, which allows you to deal with geometric models more intuitively and flexibly under a complex history or even without a history. What’s more, the combination of parametric modeling and direct editing in ZW3D offers you more flexibilities in post-editing with the bottlenecks of parametric design settled, while at the same time keeps strictness of modeling. Can’t help to try Direct Edit? Here is a tutorial about modifying a pedestal for you. Grasp this useful tool right away!