I'm looking for some help on creating a .SEC file.
I have an imported (no reference geometry, or feature tree) solid model from a customer. What I need to do is create a section cut of the model, through a particular plane. I will then use that particular .SEC file to create other part models.
I DO NOT want to start an assembly, and then create the new part in the assembly. That method creates far too many "link" headaches within my system at work.
The only method I know of right now is to create a plane, start a sketch on that plane, and use the "USE" function. The "USE" function (in my opinion) is very temperamental though. Especially if you try to use the "LOOP" function.
I'm coming from CATIA where there is such a thing as a "CUT" function. You pick a plane, and then pick a solid, and the system creates a sketch of the intersection between them.
I'm looking for something like that.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Pro/E does have an Intersect function which works in teh same way. Edit > intersect.
It creates a Curve though, not a Sketch.
Please see the video in the following link for a possible solution.
Thank you both very much for the guidance.
Using the intersect function, or creating a curve from a section cut gives me what I need without dealing with the inconsistencies of the “USE” function.
I'm glad you found a solution. Remember, you're not going to have a parametric link when you begin inserting that .sec file into sketches. You said you did not want use an assembly method, but it would achieve a parametric link if needed.
By the way, where is the "USE" function located?
Those parametric links cause headaches for us sometimes when we try to revise an uploaded part, so I like to just keep them out. I always show the .SEC files I base new geometry off of as construction lines... so people always know how the part was designed.
The "USE" function is what you showed in your video. Maybe I shouldn't call it "USE"... it’s the "use edge" function in sketch. It’s useful... but it never really works well for me when I try to project surfaces. I have the most success with it when I try to use an "edge" and the "edge" needs to be right on the sketching plane. Then it works... but rarely do I get something that works out that pretty.
Your method gives me exactly what I need. Thanks again.
Got it! I hadn't realized that was the name for that tool. For converstaion's sake, I think it should be TRACE.