Capping

This tutorial explains, how to create cappings for clipplanes. A capping adds a solid surface to the cutting area of a clipplane by filling hollow spaces inside of parts. This makes it easier to distinguish between solid parts and true hollow spaces.

The picture below shows a engine without capping, followed by an image with a capping surface. Solid parts are clearly marked and better visible.

no_capping

capping

User Interface

The user interface provides the functionality to easily create capping. Therefore a clipplane must be created first. For more information about clipplanes, please refer to Clipplanes. The button for the capping creation is in the bottom right corner of the clipplane tab:

capping_button1

After pressing the button, the capping will be calculated. During this time, the icon changes to the following:

capping_button2

When the calculation is finished, the button is changed to this:

capping_button3

Pressing the button, will toggle the visibility of the capping. As long as the clipplane is not moved, no further calculation is needed.

Measurement and Capping

Measurements can be also performed on capping surfaces. It can be applied to both between two capping surfaces or between one capping surface and a part of the model.

measure_capping

Using the API

To create capping by a script, please refer to ClipplaneAPI.