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Jenjack
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STEP files

Postby Jenjack » Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:58 pm

I have just started to us FreeCAD for viewing STEP files. Is there a way to create a cross section with these files?
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Re: STEP files

Postby chrisb » Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:39 pm

There are several ways:
- Part SliceApart
- Part CrossSection in the wiki to be found as Part SectionCross
- Macro "cross section", to be installed via Addon manager
- TechDraw SectionView
- And the manual way: Use a big cube and cut it from the Step object.
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Roy_043
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Re: STEP files

Postby Roy_043 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:44 pm

The Std_ToggleClipPlane command may also work.
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Re: STEP files

Postby Jenjack » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:23 am

Thank you for this explanation.
How do I show a section that does not make the thickness of the parts look hollow?
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Re: STEP files

Postby Roy_043 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:28 am

Jenjack wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:23 am
How do I show a section that does not make the thickness of the parts look hollow?
Read the Notes paragraph of the Std_ToggleClipPlane documentation.
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Re: STEP files

Postby Jenjack » Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:35 am

This doesn't appear to do what I want.
I am looking to see the thickness of the walls of the parts appear solid in a section view.

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Re: STEP files

Postby chrisb » Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:47 am

Jenjack wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:35 am
I have set up my preferences to receive emails when someone replies but I'm not getting any. What should I be doing?
Did you subscribe to the topic?
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Re: STEP files

Postby Roy_043 » Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:47 am

You should be a little clearer about what you are doing. You have received several suggestions. So I am clueless as to what you mean by 'this'.

If you are talking about the Std_ToggleClipPlane command:
Note that you can choose black for the Backlight color. Which should give the illusion of a solid object (provided there is only one clipping plane).
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Re: STEP files

Postby chrisb » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:02 am

Jenjack wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:35 am
I am looking to see the thickness of the walls of the parts appear solid in a section view.
If one of the methods mentioned doesn't match your desires, you should try another. Did you try all the methods mentioned above?
chrisb wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:39 pm
There are several ways:
- Part SliceApart
- Part CrossSection in the wiki to be found as Part SectionCross
- Macro "cross section", to be installed via Addon manager
- TechDraw SectionView
- And the manual way: Use a big cube and cut it from the Step object.
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Re: STEP files

Postby Jenjack » Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:12 pm

Before I try any of the suggestions I need to make sure you understand what it is I'm trying to achieve. I have attached a jpeg file showing two images. A is what I get when using Clipping plane. B is what I'm trying to achieve.

Does this help?


ImageFreeCAD.jpg