the cage

patrick baudisch
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the cage
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screenshot of two 3D objects surrounded by the CAGE  (a) The CAGE is a 3D grid that surrounds its content (b) In this example, the CAGE is used to align three blue cubes to the red reference cube

sequence of three screenshots in which three blue cubes are aligned with a red cube in 3D using the CAGE

The Cage is a flexible 3D grid. It avoids visual clutter by surrounding only selected content. It allows aligning objects in 3D by allowing the user to adapt the grid to a reference object's local coordinate system, into which other objects can be snapped.