Onshape can create interactive 3D section views. Not familiar? Here are the answers to some common questions we are asked:

1. Where is the tool? Onshape has view tools to help you change model orientation, shading, and to create section views. There are two cube-like icons usually in the top right corner of the graphics area. Clicking the smaller cube icon reveals a menu with the section view command.

2. How do you use the section view command? You can section a part, multiple parts, or an assembly. You must pre-select one plane, planar face or mate connector to use as the section plane. Simply choose one of these objects and then click the section view command from the view tool menu. Note that reference planes can be used to section a part or assembly in either direction, so pick the reference plane on the side of which you want to remove material. To turn off the section view, click "Turn off section view" from the view tool menu.

3. Can you manipulate the section view? Yes. When you create a section view, you will see a small manipulator appear. By clicking and dragging the different parts of the manipulator, you are able to translate and rotate the position of the section plane. Clicking away from a sectioned face will hide the manipulator. Selecting a sectioned face will show the manipulator. As you move a section view, look for any areas shaded red. This indicates an interference.

4. Can you continue designing while a model is sectioned? Yes. Even when a section view is enabled, you can create, edit, or visualize the parts within a Part Studio, or add mates, define advanced relationships, and dynamically move components within an assembly.

5. Is there a great Onshape Section View Video? Yes, there is! Watch the 90 second video below.

You can learn more about view options in Onshape from our help documentation.