Understanding the layout of the Vulcan workbench can do a lot to increase utilization of the software. The default layout gives the user a great amount of information, but a custom layout can give the user power and confidence when using Vulcan. The naming convention of the different sections is also important. With a basic nomenclature everyone can discuss what is happening in Vulcan using the same words. I always prefer to talk about the Vulcan Explorer rather than ‘the white section to the right of the screen.’
When you first start Vulcan the screen that presents itself is very similar to other windows applications. The most dominant section of the screen, the big black rectangle, is the Primary Window. This window will display CAD data and triangulations in 3D. This is where the magic happens. Keep the primary window maximized to see your data better.
Just to the left of the Primary Window is the Vulcan Explorer. This is a list of virtual folders that organize your data. Vulcan creates a large number of files as part of its general procedure. The Vulcan Explorer organizes these files into easy to find virtual folders like ‘Block Models’ and ‘Design Databases.’ The folder structure is virtual, meaning that if you look in the folder where your data is, you won’t see any of the subfolders listed in the Vulcan Explorer. This lack of folder structure prevents you from having to follow a strict hierarchy of folders and sub-folders.