Long time listener, first time caller, so to speak:
We finally got solid sections a few years ago. Around the same time, a plug-in called Skalp came out that enabled us to generate sections fills with multiple graphics/materials. I never mastered Skalp, and it appears to be moribund.
Now that we pay $300 a year in reliable income to Trimble, how about a native feature that lets us add different colors and materials to the solid section cut?
*yes, I know how to make a section cut and treat that object as more geometry that can be edited to achieve the desired section look, but that’s much slower, adds complexity to the model, and needs to be manually updated if the section moves.
** please forgive me if this, or other of my suggestions has been put on wishlist (many times) before. Those have proved difficult for me to find, and bringing the issue back to light can’t hurt.
As a matter of fact, Skalp had this feature implemented many moons (official release 2014) before the native solid section (2018)
Section cuts updating dynamically based on object, layer or texture.
This essential, basic functionality could be native if there is a more ‘solid’ way of how SketchUp treats their objects and distinguishes the Materials and textures.
In a world where resources and heritage of them get’s more and more important, software that exchange ideas should be easy to generate reports and insights.
This may sound feeble (as I’m sure it’s there), but I can’t find the plug-in in the Extension Warehouse… Any more information on its name or anything that would help in my search would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks! Glad to see that Sketchucation is still a going concern, and thank you for making plugins. Any chance the Section Cut Face plug-in allows one to assign different materials to different Groups/Components being sectioned? That would essentially do what I originally put in the wishlist at the start of this thread.
Yes. You can apply different materials to different section cuts. If you don’t need the auto-update feature you can unlock the section cut and apply different materials to the different faces in the group, too.
I installed TIG Section Cut Face plugin and was only able to generate a locked group of lines and edges in the plane of the section itself, this geometry could then have any desired material applied to it. This seems to be the same thing as the (newish) “Create Group from Slice” command in the context menu (or the way I used to do it, which was to draw a flat plane 1/64" from the section plane itself and then intersect with model).
The example gif you included above makes it look as if the Section Fill material itself (from Styles->Edit) was being controlled by the Section Cut Face plugin and that no new groups needed to be created.
Maybe I am missing something? I am finding that I have been complacent these past 10 years or so in keeping up with plugins, so I know it’s possible I didn’t fully understand TIG’s Section Cut Face tool.
My features request was to be able to assign the actual Section Fill material, as seem in Styles->Edit, to individual Groups and Components being sectioned. Additionally, that Section Fill material would need to include whatever raster images are in a given material. The current Section Fills in Styles->Edit. removes the raster and just applies color.
In other words, what I would love for the team to add, essentially, would be Skalp, but native, easier to use, and up to date. (I never could get Skalp to work).
My Section Cut Face locks its group by default.
However if you select it and right-click the context-menu includes ‘Unlock’ [native tool] - also available through Entity Info…
So unlock it, edit the group apply a material color to the face[s] and then close the edit and re-lock the group afterwards to avoid accidentally moving or deleting it…
Unfortunately the use of textures is limited as they won’t be used if the section is modified - but a ‘color’ or preexisting texture will be available and reused however…
I added the texture to the In Model textures before creating the section cut face. Then it was in the list of materials to choose from. You could make multiple section cuts and use different materials.