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Slice Easily between Two Intersecting Solids
Tip# 3991 By Steven Matchett On 15-Oct-2012
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Categories : 3D Operations
Software type : AutoCAD 2013
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Use the angle dimension to divide two objects.

Steven Matchett shares a trick for slicing between two solids in AutoCAD.

“I tend to use an angular dimension for slicing between two intersecting solids. I find it really easy because you don't need to add any construction lines. You must select Node in your osnap, and be familiar with the Mid Between Two Points option. Just make sure AutoCAD is placing the text automatically.”

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: This is an interesting use of the angle dimension, and a clever application of an old-school drafting technique for bisecting an angle. Draw an arc whose center is based on the intersection point of the two objects; the circle can be of any radius. Then draw a line from the intersection point of the objects to the midpoint of the arc. In AutoCAD you can find the midpoint of the arc easily, but on the board you need to draw two circles, equal in radius, whose centers are positioned where the first arc intersects the intersecting objects. The midpoint of the arc is located where the two new circles intersect each other.


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Comment by Wallner,Mark
Posted on 2012-10-16 09:25:54
Whaaa? Brian, are you trying to create a miter joint between two IDENTICAL solids? IS there a selectable "intersection point" between two intersecting solids? Where does that arc/circle start and end, at any equivalent plane on both solids, I assume? And how did you get all that from Steven's cryptic message; you must be clairvoyant!
Comment by Matchett,Steve
Posted on 2012-10-18 09:57:41
Mark, It looks like Brian for got to add this. This is a plan view of 2 beams intersecting. The text also needs to be romans. -Steve
Comment by Matchett,Steve
Posted on 2012-10-18 10:00:07
Try #2 to attach jpg. -Steve