Create a clip plane

Last updated March 27, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Create a clip plane

Create a clip plane

Clip planes enable you to focus on the required detail in the model. You can create up to six clip planes in any model viewview that is represented in the modeling mode

Model view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.

that shows the object faces.


  1. When you create clip planes, ensure that you are using a model view that shows object faces.

    On the View tab, click Rendering, and use any of the following options:

    • Parts grayscale (Ctrl+3)
    • Parts rendered (Ctrl+4)
    • Components grayscale (Shift+3)
    • Components rendered (Shift+3)
  2. On the View tab, click Clip plane .
  3. Move the mouse pointer over the model objects.

    A green symbol indicates the object faces that you can select and align the clip planetool that hides a portion of the model in a model view

    Clip plane can be created in model views that show model object faces. The clip plane is aligned with the selected model object face.

    with. The green line indicates the side that will be clipped out. For example:

    Note that the snap depth setting on the Snapping toolbar affects the object faces you can select. Set snap depth to 3D or Auto to select object faces in the entire 3D space.

  4. Select an object face.

    The clip plane symbol appears in the model:

  5. Repeat step 4 to create as many clip planes as needed.
  6. To finish creating clip planes, press Esc.
  7. To move a clip plane, select the clip plane scissor symbol and drag it to a new location.

  8. If you want to move the clip plane scissor symbol to a new location on a clip plane, hold down Shift and drag the symbol.

    This does not move the clip plane, only the scissor symbol.

  9. You can delete the clip planes when you do not need them anymore.
    • To delete a single clip plane, select the clip plane symbol and press Delete.
    • To delete all the clip planes in all the open views, click View > Delete all clip planes .

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