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Pro/Engineer December 2004 Tip-of-the-Month
View Clipping with Cross Sections
Have you ever used Assembly cuts to more easily view what is happening inside an assembly model? The new View Manager section functionality now does that for you. (Wildfire 2.0)
A nice functionality addition for this tool is the crosshatching persistence -- even when the dialog window is closed -- even through regeneration. The down side: You must deliberately go into View Manager again to turn it off -- and that command is only available by selecting the section name and using the Right Mouse button menu > Unset Visibility.
The clipped section is a very convenient way to work because it is also persistent. As shown in Figure 3, the internal components are still there, and selectable, they are just clipped to the section. You can even select features to modify that are technically clipped away. To get this to go away, you have to activate the No Cross Section item in the View Manager list. (Red arrow pointing to the No Cross Section item.)
The User Interface of the new View > View Manager is not very intuitive, but if you take a few minutes to play you can figure it out. Try the options and see what they do.
Note: This Tip references Wildfire 2.0 functionality. (I am not sure if it is in Wildfire or not. I avoid using Wildfire because it is so bad.)
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