After you have completed the 2D drawing, you can easily convert it to a 3D model.
The 3D model is essential to obtaining accurate roof slopes for system design, and accurate site characteristics for remote shading analysis. It's also a huge hit with customers who want to see what their house will look like with solar.
Converting your 2D drawing into a 3D model
- On the top of the screen, click on Adjust 3D Model.
- In the 3D editor on the right hand side, click on the Lift Roofs button. Your site should pop up like in the example below.
If you've been following along with our example and it looks different here, you should revisit the Modeling the Roof section.
- Click on the Street View button at the top to view the site you are conducting a remote shading analysis on.
- Click on the white arrows in the Street View to walk to the side of the building, similar to Google Maps.
- Change building heights by clicking on its walls, and entering your desired height in the pop-up box. For the sample project, enter the following characteristics:
- Building height: 2 stories
- Chimney height: 4 feet
- Modify tree characteristics by clicking on the tree and inputing your desired tree height and shape into the pop-up box.
- When you are done, click the Save button in the top left corner.
You can learn more about 3D modeling by watching this video: 3D Modeling.