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3d Editor: View Panel

The first View button under the interactive functionality of the 3D Editor offers the user the possibility to perform the following set of actions to modify the current view:

3d Editor: View Panel

Each one of these actions is reviewed separately below. Click on the visuals included at the end of each section below to view the animations for the corresponding action.

Rotate / Translate / Zoom

Toggling "Rotate / Zoom" option will allow the user to:

  • Rotate the crystal view by moving the mouse around whilst holding the left button.
  • Translate the crystal view by moving the mouse around whilst holding the right button.
  • Zoom in or out of the crystal view by scrolling the central mouse wheel in either sense.

Toggle Auto Rotate

Clicking on "Auto Rotate" option will activate an automatic perpetual rotation of the crystal view around its current vertical axis.

Toggle Axes

Toggling the "Axes" option enables Cartesian coordinate axes, and the base XY plane (a plane perpendicular to Z axis at Z=0), for ease of orientation in 3D.

Reset View

There might come a point, during the course of an interactive viewing session, in which the user might wish to revert to the original default view of the material under consideration. This is precisely what the "Reset" option achieves.


Editing this numerical text field will modify the radius of the atom spheres accordingly.


The user can edit this second numerical field to repeat the original unit cell a certain number of times in each spatial direction, as defined by a positive integer number.