Creating Section Slices

This task explains how to create section slices. To do so, you must first create the master section plane.

Insert the following cgr files: ATOMIZER.cgr, BODY1.cgr, BODY2.cgr, LOCK.cgr, NOZZLE1.cgr, NOZZLE2.cgr, REGULATION_COMMAND.cgr, REGULATOR.cgr, TRIGGER.cgr and VALVE.cgr.

They are to be found in the online documentation filetree in the common functionalities sample folder cfysm/samples.

Before you begin

When dealing with CATProducts containing a large amount of sections, for gain performances purposes, read carefully the Customization recommendations (follow the described procedure).

  1. Select Insert > Sectioning from the menu bar, or click Sectioning in the DMU Space Analysis toolbar to create a section plane. The section plane is automatically created. If no selection is made, the plane sections all products. If products are selected, the plane sections selected products.

    This plane is the master plane and controls all operations on the section slice.

    The Sectioning Definition dialog box is displayed.

    This dialog box contains a wide variety of tools letting you position, move and rotate the master plane. For more information, see Positioning Planes with respect to a Geometrical Target, and Positioning Planes Using the Edit Position Command.

    A Section result window appears alongside the document window. It displays a front view of the generated section and is by default, locked in a 2D view.

  2. In the Definition tab of the Sectioning Definition dialog box, click the Section Slice drop-down to create a section slice:

    A second plane, parallel to the first, is created. Together both planes define a section slice through your products. The contours of both planes are red.

    The Section viewer is automatically updated.

  3. Adjust the thickness of the section slice: position the cursor over one of the slave plane edges, click then drag to translate the plane in the desired direction.

    Note: As you move the cursor over plane edges, the cursor changes appearance and arrows identifying directions along which slice thickness can be defined appear. The thickness of the slice is also indicated as you drag.

  4. Click OK when done.
    Note: When sectioning solids which are intersecting, the result displayed is not correct. The intersection between the two solids is not retrieved nor displayed properly, i.e. an empty cavity appears instead.
    Refer to About Sectioning solids which are intersecting