Today's Tech Tip focuses on splitting and merging surfaces using the Mutual Trim feature.

Splitting surfaces is a common workflow when surface modeling. A network of surfaces are created and trimmed to produce a single unified surface. 

splitting surfaces in Onshape

The Split Part feature is useful for splitting surfaces and removing existing surfaces used for the splitting operation. 

However, in situations where the resulting surface requires geometry from multiple surfaces, the Mutual Trim feature can be used. 

In the example below, these surfaces need to be trimmed to form a single surface.

A model that needs some surfacing work done

The Mutual Trim feature is selected and the two surfaces are entered into the dialog. The first surface is selected, followed by the second surface. 

The manipulator in the graphics area allows the user to choose what surfaces to keep for the trim. Users can also select the direction arrows from within the dialog to choose what surfaces to keep for the trim. 

The checkbox option to “merge” will merge the resulting surfaces into a single surface. 

using the mutual trim merge fuction

Compared to traditional workflows like split, delete part, and boolean, the Mutual Trim feature can perform these actions using a signal feature. 

Let’s compare using four features:

using four features
Splitting and merging surfaces using traditional workflows.

Versus using one:

one feature used for the same results
Splitting and merging surfaces with Mutual Trim.

Find out more by watching the video below: 

To learn more about the Mutual Trim feature, check out the Onshape Surface Modeling course in the Onshape Learning Center. 

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