In this edition of 30 on 3D, Senior R&D Engineer, Peter Montgomery, explains how to section parts using Materialise Magics.
While there are a few different ways to section parts, with varying levels of complexity, let’s first break down a basic sectioning operation.
Once your part is loaded into Magics, enable the part section sliders, on the right-hand panel. You can select the X, Y, or Z axis and use the slider tools to highlight the area of the part that you would like to segment.
After the proper area is marked, navigate to the “Tools” tab and select “Cut or Punch.” Within the pop-up that appears, make sure “Cut Visible Sections” is selected. Once you’ve adjusted the settings, hit “Apply.”
The two parts will be color coded, showing the proper segmentation. In the part list, on the right-hand panel, you will see that your part is now in two separate sections, ready to be printed.
This function is especially useful when you’re sectioning out parts of STL assemblies to be printed in multi-materials on PolyJet machines. You can also use the function to split large FDM parts that cannot fit in a Fortus 900 or a smaller FDM machine.