After a brief hiatus, we’re back to documenting 3D models—and moving on at the same time. That’s because Parts 1-4 were about creating base and projected views, and I’ve said about all I need to say on those (for now, at any rate).
So our next topic (moving on down the panel) is Section Views.
When you expand the Section pull-down, you’ll see not one, not two, but four different section types you can create, plus an option for using an object you’ve already drawn.
Of these four types (Full, Half, Offset, and Aligned), I’ve almost always used Full. The others just didn’t come up very often in my work (structural engineering), so if you have examples you want to share for the other three types, send them in and they just might get featured here.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the distinctions, here’s how the Help files describe them.
Uses the complete view for sectioning.
Specifies half of the view is used for sectioning. Once the end point of the section line is specified, the section preview is attached to the cursor, along with the alphabetical section label identifier.
Specifies that the offset specified by the section is used for cutting the model. You are prompted for the next point until you select Done. Once you select Done, the section view preview is attached to the cursor, along with the alphabetical section label identifier.
Specifies the section view is always aligned perpendicular to the first or last section line. After the first point, you are prompted for the next point until you select Done. Once you select Done, the section view preview is attached to the cursor, along with the alphabetical section label identifier.
For the remainder of my examples, I’ll be using Full sections—tune in next time to see just how effective & practical they can be!