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Trick with Autodesk Inventor Section Views

By David Melvin, PE, TEDCF Publishing

Some parts and assemblies are just not user friendly when it comes to section views. For example, the image below shows a hollow sphere. It has some indistinguishable features inside the hollow area, and a flat surface on the left side. How can you use the Section View command to look at the features inside?

Section View Trick

The reason this is a difficult task is there is only one flat surface on the part, and it’s on the wrong side.

Section View Trick

When you drag a Half Section View Plane from the surface the portion we want to see is sectioned off.

The Solution
To solve this problem… 

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