Split Tool: Performing a split

This is a Pro only feature.

Performing a split

A split refers to the splitting of overlapping geometry into individual parts. Activate the Split tool from the tool palette (Mac OS X), the Solid Tools toolbar (Microsoft Windows) or the Tools > Solid Tools menu.

The following image shows two groups:

The following image shows these two groups when they overlap:

The following image shows the overlapping geometry of these two groups using X-Ray mode:

To perform a split:

  1. Select the Split tool (). The cursor changes to an arrow with a circle and a slash () if you are not over a group or component or a arrow with the number 1 () if you are over a group or component.
  2. Click on the group or component. The first group or component is selected. The following image shows one group selected:

  3. Position the cursor over the second group or component. The group or component is selected.
  4. Click on the second group or component. The resulting split geometry remains:

The groups or components are now split into additional groups or components where geometry overlaps:

Note: Solid tools will only operate on geometry that has watertight volume (no holes).

Performing a split by preselecting groups or components

You can also preselect the groups or components before performing a split. To preselect groups and components and perform a split:

  1. Select the Select tool (Select Tool). The cursor changes to an arrow.
  2. Select two overlapping groups or components. The selected entities are highlighted in blue.

  3. Context-Click on one groups or components. The context-menu appears.
  4. Select Solid Tools > Split. The resulting split geometry remains:

    The groups or components are now split into additional groups or components where geometry overlaps: