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How to use the Cutting Planes Tool

The Cutting Planes Tool allows you to display a cross section of a building.

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The Cutting Planes Tool affects just the view, not the geometry. Everything on the other side of the cutting plane is temporarily hidden from view. Cutting planes and their effects are excluded when the Tridify BIM Viewer link is shared.

Please note that the Cutting Planes Tool is only accessible in the Viewer if the tool is selected when publishing the Viewer.

To turn the cutting function on, click the Cutting Planes Tool button.




Click + to add a new cutting plane.




Select the surface along which you want to cut.




A new cutting plane has been created parallel to the selected surface. Repeat the steps if more cutting planes are needed. The maximum amount of cutting planes is four.




Use the horizontal cutting plane to create a 3D floor plan of the building.




Move and rotate the cutting plane to the desired location. Move the cutting plane by dragging the manipulator arrow.




Rotate the cutting plane by dragging the rotation rings.




Click  button to enable angle snapping; the rotations will take place in 5 degree increments. Disable angle snapping by clicking  button again.




Click x on the cutting plane to remove it and its effect.




You can show or hide the cutting plane manipulators by clicking the Cutting Planes Tool button. The cutting effect of the planes will still be used even when the manipulators aren’t shown.