Intersect Tool: Performing an intersection

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Performing an intersection

An intersection refers to the geometry of one group or component that intersects or overlaps with another group or component. An intersection can be performed on two or more intersecting groups or components and results in only the intersecting geometry. Activate the Intersect 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 an intersection:

  1. Select the Intersect 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. Move the cursor over one of the groups or components. The cursor changes to an arrow with the number 1 ().
  3. Click on the group or component. The first group or component is selected.
  4. Click on the remaining groups or components. The resulting intersecting geometry remains.

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

Performing an intersection by preselecting groups or components

You can also preselect the groups or components before performing an intersection. To preselect groups and components and perform an intersection:

  1. Select the Select tool (Select Tool).
  2. Select all of the intersecting 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 > Intersect. The resulting intersecting geometry remains.