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Visualize Femap Models with the Clipping Plane

23 Aug, 2012 By: Alastair Robertson

Femap Tips and Tricks: Use this tool to quickly and easily view the interior of a geometry or FEA model.


Editor's Note: This tutorial courtesy of Siemens PLM.

The model clipping plane is an invaluable visualization tool that allows you to slice through the FEA (finite element analysis) or geometry model and view the interior with part of the model removed.

To turn the clipping plane on, open the pull-down menu from the View Style icon on the View toolbar, then open the Clipping Plane pull-down menu and select the Clipping On icon. On this menu you’ll also see controls for plane positioning and viewing side toggling.



With the model clipping switched on, it can be dynamically controlled using the Alt key and the middle mouse button, enabling you to interactively slide the plane through the model. The model clipping plane uses OpenGL, so for solid models you’ll only see the model surface outline. You can also easily switch sides for visibility or define the plane orientation.



Watch the video of this Femap tip on YouTube.


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