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Introduction to Glovius

What is Glovius?
Glovius is a modern CAD viewer to view 3D CAD files from 48 popular CAD file formats. Glovius is typically used for viewing, analyzing and reviewing 3D designs, with tools to measure, section and export to derivative file formats.

Why use Glovius?
Glovius is a modern 3D CAD viewer with a simple and familiar user interface. Use Glovius to open CATIA, Pro/Engineer, Creo, NX, Solidworks, Inventor, STEP/IGES and SolidEdge files at a fraction of the cost of CAD licenses.

Getting Started

System Requirements
Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
1280 X 1024 or higher display resolution with support for 32-bit color
4GB RAM or more

User Interface Overview
Glovius is based on the familiar ribbon user interface based on Microsoft Office products. All tools and functions are instantly available after opening a 3D file. The User Interface adapts to user intent by placing these tools prominently in various tabs to help users quickly discover and complete the tasks.

Trial License
Glovius automatically configures a 7-day trial license upon installation. To extend your trial license for a few more days, please write to us at support@glovius.com.

What type of licenses are available with Glovius?
Glovius offers two types of licenses – nodelocked and floating. Nodelocked licenses are tied to a user’s computer. Floating licenses are network licenses that are installed on a central server and can be configured for use on many users computers.

How to purchase Glovius?
You can purchase Glovius as a permanent or a subscription license. Please visit the online store or Subscribe to a monthly plan.

Email Support
Please mail us at support@glovius.com with your questions and suggestions.


File Open and Export

What are the supported file types?
Glovius supports CATIA V4/V5/V6, NX, I-DEAS, Pro/ENGINEER, Creo, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge parts and assemblies. View JT, STEP, IGES, STL, Rhino, VDAFS, VRML, COLLADA, 3DS and OBJ files.

Can I export the 3D files to other formats?
Using Glovius you can export your files to JT, STL , 3D PDF, OBJ and 3DS files. You can also export to our .Glovius format for use with our free mobile apps available on Google Play Store and Apple iOS App Store


Glovius provides a number of options to take sections of 3D models. You can create sections along a single plane or multiple planes (upto 3) or along custom planes. You can also change color of the section planes along with cap and outline colors in the Settings Dialog.

Single Plane
Click on the Section Button to take a section of the model. By default the component is clipped along XY axis. Click on the XY,YZ or ZX plane buttons to section along respective axis.
Take Section along Default or Custom Planes
Take Section along Default or Custom Planes

Multiple Planes
Clicking a second plane with an already active section further sections the model along the new plane.Take Multiple Sections along Default or Custom Planes
Take Multiple Sections along Default or Custom Planes

Custom Planes
Click on the Custom Plane button to section along planar surfaces or the reference planes existing in the model.

Hatching Pattern
You can now apply hatching patterns for components during Sectioning. In an assembly different hatching patterns are applied to different components aiding in the visibility of the component.

Hatching Pattern in CAD Component


Glovius supports different types of measurement. You can measure points, linear dimensions and radial dimensions.
Take linear, radial and angular measurements in CAD component

Take linear, radial and angular measurements in CAD component

Linear – Select any two points, lines or planes to calculate the distance between the entities
Radial – Select any circle or arc to calculate the diameter
Tape Measurement – Tape Measure tool helps you to calculate the length of a component along a line. It is typically used to calculate the total length of a wire harness or the curved edges of asymmetrical components.
Surface Area Measurement – Area measurement tool helps you to calculate the total surface area of the selected surface. By holding the Control key during selection, you can calculate the area of multiple surfaces.

Using this button you can narrow down among the entities available for selection during measurement. This is useful in complex models with lots of geometric entities and to simplify selection


Analyze – Analyze is a tool to quickly give you a snapshot of the components top attributes. This could include the bounding box dimensions (also called the envelope dimensions), density, mass and surface area of components along with BOM attributes like instances in the assembly.
Quickly Analyze Component Properties

Quickly Analyze Component Properties

Compare – Compare tool helps you to quickly find out the difference between two versions of a component visually.
Compare two versions of a CAD component

Compare two versions of a CAD component

Move – Move helps you re-arrange your assembly components along the coordinate system to help you interrogate your assemblies effectively.


Model Views
Model views are stored views already existing in the component. You can also create Model Views to draw attention and provide context to localized components and/or features. In a model view, you can save a view state, take a section and add markups.

Render Modes
Render modes changes the visual display of the model. There are three options to choose from –
Shaded With Edges Mode – The component is displayed in original colors with all edges highlighted. It gives the best display with a small offset to performance.
Shaded Mode – The component is displayed in original colors with no edges highlighted.
Wireframe Mode – Only the edges of the components are displayed. This mode helps you to quickly understand the underlying design of the component. This mode has the best performance among the three render modes.

Component Visibility
Component Visibility can be accessed from the View tab. The set of tools in this group helps to show, hide or focus on a specific component.

This tool helps to focus on a specific component and hiding other components in an assembly by hiding all others.

This tool changes the visibility of the component and hides it.

Zoom to Component
This tool shifts the view to focus on a selected component by zooming in to the selection.

Show All
This tool shows all the components in the assembly.

Make Transparent
This tool applies transparency to the component. Select a component and click the ‘Make Transparent’ button. To revert to the original display of components, click on the ‘Home’ button.

Make Assembly Transparent
This tool progressively applies transparency to the component.This functionality quickly helps you visualize the entire assembly and the spatial relationships among various components. Select an assembly or sub-assembly from the Component Tree and click on this button to apply varying transparency values.

Color Assembly
This tool instantly applies a standard set of colors for increasing the visibility of various components. Select an Assembly either on the Render area or a node in Structure tree to color the assembly.

Accordion Elements

The various bars in the accordion give context specific information that is stored in the model. Glovius displays the component tree of the model and other useful information in the accordion sidebar. This information is grouped under the following labels –

This labels displays the component tree of the model. It lists all the components within the model in a graphical tree. Components can be selected, deselected or shown/hidden by operating the respective component node.
View Component Tree in CAD Assemblies

View Component Tree in CAD Assemblies

This label lists all the PMI, GDnT, markups and notes that are available in the model. You can also change the visibility of each note using the check box.

Annotations in Component

Add 3D markups and texts

Attributes list all meta data associated with the file. If the Design team adds any specific piece of information in the file, it is listed in the attributes. The most common attributes of a 3D Model are file created date, time, author etc.
Attributes from 3D Models

Attributes from 3D Models

Bill of Materials
Bill of Materials is used in a number of process steps in producing a component. It is used for procurement-supplier tracking, system integration and quality. Using Glovius, you can save BoM in a number of ways. To accommodate the various design practices, you get the BoM of top level assemblies, all contained parts or all sub-assemblies. Further, you can export the BOM to CSV or PDF format for use in downstream processes. When you export to PDF format, we list the components with a image of the component for better references.
Calculate the bill of materials of CAD assemblies

Bill of Materials of CAD models

Model Views
Model Views help you to create specific contexts for your model and focus on a particular view of the model. Model views can include text markups and dimensions. Model views are persisted when exported to JT format.

Model Views and Captures in Components

Export Tab

Using Glovius you can export your CAD Models to different formats. Glovius can export your 3D CAD models to Image Format, 3D PDF, STL and .Glovius format for use in Glovius mobile apps. You can also export reports for quick collaboration and sharing.

Export to PPT
Export your 3D model to a Powerpoint file with all Views and and the component analyse information. Further you can set custom themes from the Settings dialog. 

Export to 3DPDF report
Export the 3D model to a PDF document report containing all information that is typically needed for collaboration. With a single click, you can generate the 3D data, Attributes data and BoM report in a single PDF file. Download this sample 3DPDF report and View the contents in Adobe Reader.

Support for 3D input device
We support 3D Mouse from 3Dconnexion.

3D input device development tools and related technology are provided under license from 3Dconnexion .