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View Controls

Your project is represented using 2D and 3D workspaces, each viewed via independent windows called the 2D View and 3D View, respectively. This division usefully maps to the typical workflow in which you will initially focus on the 2D design and layout of your project before moving to the 3D stage of modeling, toolpathing and previewing your finished part.

You can switch between the views using the tabs at the top of each window. In addition the shortcut-keys F2 and F3 will toggle the display between the two windows.

It is sometimes useful to see both the 2D and 3D representations at the same time. The Page Up and Page Down keys will arrange the 2 views either horizontally or vertically so you can see both workspaces simultaneously. To return to the tabbed display, simply click on the standard Windows Maximize button in the top right corner of either view window.

Many of the controls for manipulating the view in your project are similar in both 2D and 3D.

From within each view you can also directly interact with the objects that make up your job using the Object Selection Tools.

2D View Controls

See also the Rulers, Guides and Snap Grid section.

Pan Icon


Click and hold the Left mouse button and drag the mouse about to Pan - Esc to cancel mode

Shortcut: Click and drag the Middle mouse button or if using a 2 button mouse, Hold Ctrl + drag with Right Mouse button.

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Zoom Interactive

Mouse with Middle Wheel - Scroll wheel in / out

Mouse without Middle Wheel - Hold Shift + Push / Pull with Right Mouse button.

Zoom Box Icon

Zoom Box

Click top left corner, hold mouse down and drag to bottom right corner and release. Clicking the left mouse button will zoom in, Shift + click will zoom out.

Zoom Extents Icon

Zoom Extents

Zooms to show material limits in the 2D window

Zoom Selected Icon

Zoom Selected

With objects selected

Zooms to the bounding box of the selection

3D View Controls

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3D Twiddle

Click and drag Left mouse button in the 3D window

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Right mouse button - Push / Pull

Mouse with Middle Wheel - Rotate wheel

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Click and drag Right mouse button and hold Ctrl.

Click and drag Right and Left mouse button

Click Middle mouse button

Zoom to Fit Icon

Zoom to Fit

Zooms the whole 3D part to fit within the current 3D View window

Isometric View Icon

Isometric View

Shows the model in a 3D isometric view in the 3D window

Plan View Icon

Plan View (Down Z)

Shows the top view of the model in the 3D View looking down the Z axis.

Press Shift to show the bottom.

Side View Icon

Side View (Along X)

Shows the side view of the model in the 3D View looking along the X axis.

Press Shift to show the opposite side.

Side View Icon

Side View (Along Y)

Shows the side view of the model in the 3D View looking along the Y axis.

Press Shift to show the opposite side.

Rotate rotary

Rotate around model (Rotary)

Rotate clockwise / anti-clockwise around the model (Available only in a Rotary project with Wrapped View on).