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Using DataCAD Models in Office 2016

PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:52 am
by Mark F. Madura
The latest update to Microsoft Office 2016 allows you to add 3D objects to your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. A new 3D Models option has been added to the Insert tab of the ribbon. If you select the drop-down option,
From a file..., you can use the file dialog to browse to a DataCAD model you've exported to STL format.

The following file formats can be inserted into your document, but STL is the only one of these that DataCAD can export.
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3D Formats
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Once you've inserted your model, you can manipulate it similar to a bitmap or o2c object.
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3D View
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When the object is selected, you can use Format 3D Model panel to adjust the view rotation and camera position and cone of vision.
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Format 3D Model
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You can crop the view of your model by toggling on the Pan & Zoom option in the ribbon. Move your mouse over the object and click and drag to pan. Hover your mouse over the magnifier icon and click and drag to zoom.
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Pan and Zoom
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For more information, see Using 3D Models in Office 2016.

MFM