Clipping a View

After either opening or importing a complex geometric model, have you found it difficult to discern what's underneath the outer shell of faces? If so, then you may find the Clipping feature in Caedium useful. By clipping a view you can interactively move planes through your geometry in the X, Y and Z directions, and anything that lies outside them will be hidden.

Clipped View: Original view is above clipped viewClipped View: Original view is above clipped view

Assumptions

Procedure

  1. Start Caedium and open or import (requires Caedium Professional or Exchange add-ons) a complex model, such as a complex plug.
  2. Right-click on the background of the View Window. Double-click sim->Faces in the Select dialog and select Properties.
  3. In the Properties Panel, turn off the Transparent option to shade all the faces in the View Window.
  4. Right-click on the background of the View Window. Double-click sim in the Select dialog and select Properties.
  5. Select the View tab in the Properties Panel and expand the Clipping property to reveal the 6 clipping planes: -X, -Y, -Z, X, Y, Z.
  6. Click on the number field next to -Z, to reveal an interactive slider bar, and then adjust the slider to clip the view. The view will update in real-time as you move the slider.

Clipping PropertiesClipped Properties:-Z selected

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