Building 3D Worlds
The 3D World Editor offers a hierarchical view of VRML objects that make up the virtual world. It contains object, texture, transform, and material libraries that are stored locally for easy access.
Using 3D Content from the Web
You can build 3D worlds with several 3D authoring tools and export them to the X3D or VRML97 format for use with Simulink 3D Animation. In addition, you can download 3D content from the web and use it to assemble detailed 3D scenes.
Importing CAD Models
3D World Editor lets you manipulate 3D objects imported from most CAD packages for developing detailed 3D worlds that animate dynamic systems modeled in Simscape Multibody, Robotics System Toolbox, and Aerospace Blockset. Simulink 3D Animation enables you to process X3D and VRML files created by CAD tools such as SolidWorks® and PTC Creo™. You can also import CAD models from STL, FBX, DAE COLLADA, URDF, and SDF file formats into the 3D World Editor.
Simulink 3D Animation includes viewers that let you navigate the virtual world by zooming, panning, moving sideways, and rotating about points of interest known as viewpoints. Establish viewpoints to emphasize areas of interest, guide visitors, or observe an object in motion from different positions. During simulation, you can switch between these viewpoints.
Building User Interfaces Containing 3D Worlds
The Simulink 3D Animation Viewer integrates with MATLAB figures so that you can combine virtual scenes with MATLAB Handle Graphics® and multiple views of one or more virtual worlds.
Remote Viewing of 3D Worlds in a Web Browser
The Simulink 3D Animation Web Viewer works with web browsers to display virtual worlds on computers, phones, and tablets. You can open a virtual world on your computer then view it remotely in a web browser on a mobile device or a computer even if it does not have Simulink 3D Animation installed.
MATLAB Interface to 3D Worlds
From MATLAB, you can read and change the positions and other properties of VRML objects, read signals from VRML sensors, create callbacks from graphical tools, record animations, and map data onto 3D objects. Use MATLAB Compiler to generate standalone applications that include Simulink 3D Animation functionality.
Simulink Interface to 3D Worlds
From Simulink, control the position, rotation, and size of a virtual object in a scene to visualize its motion and deformation. During simulation, object properties in the scene can also be read into Simulink. You can adjust views relative to objects and display Simulink signals as text in the virtual world. 2D outputs of synthetic cameras defined in the virtual world can be streamed into Simulink for video processing. You can also trace the 3D trajectory of an object in the associated virtual scene.
3D Input Devices
Simulink 3D Animation provides Simulink blocks and MATLAB objects that enable you to use hardware input devices (including 3D mice and force-feedback joysticks) to manipulate objects in virtual worlds. These can also be used to drive any Simulink block or control MATLAB based algorithms.
Recording Scene Data
Simulink 3D Animation enables you to create frame snapshots (captures) of a virtual scene or record animations as video files. You can schedule and configure recordings of animation data into AVI 2D video files and 3D animation X3D files for future playback. 3D Animation files let you inspect recorded animations with full virtual reality viewing experience — observe scenes from different viewpoints and use stereoscopic vision.
Animations for Real-Time Applications
Use C code generated from Simulink models with Simulink Coder to drive animations. Enhance your hardware-in-the-loop simulations or rapid prototyping applications on Simulink Real-Time and Simulink Desktop Real-Time by providing a visual animation of your dynamic system model as it connects with real-time hardware.