Automatically unify clipped objects

Is there an option to “unify” all the clipped surfaces so as not to see the individual 3D objects?

Probably need to BooleanUnion the objects and MergeAllCoplanarFaces… Do it on a copy if you want to keep the originals separate.

Well, for architecture that does not make any sense. Imagine you have to change geometry all the time…
Edit: I do not mean a hack.

Well, that’s unfortunately just how Rhino works currently - separate overlapping objects are not ‘automatically’ combined. If you were to run a section through the objects at the clipping plane you would get the same thing - separate closed outlines.

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Keyshot has a similar feature called cutaway: KeyShot 8 Quick Tip: Cutaway - YouTube
I do not mean to get it in rendering mode but for plans.

Hi Jonathan -

I moved your post to a new thread as it was only tangentially related to the original topic. I’m not sure if you meant this to be a question related to VisualARQ, though?
For plain Rhino, there is no plan to much such an option, no.

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Hello Wim,

I don’t have VisualARQ and I don’t plan to buy the plugin. In my opinion VisualARQ tries to bring too much ArchiCad to Rhino atm. There are several problems with that: The biggest is that it has that floor concept.
Rhino has a large indie community: The biggest audience in my environment is primarily the young architects that make small projects (but really build it) or do research.
If I want to remodel an existing house, for example, or plan smaller projects where I integrate detailed design, then the principle of VisualARQ is rather useless atm.
For my work I would really only need Rhino, a good layer and class concept and some solid layout functions to do dimensioning and hatching.
It’s important to understand that many want complete freedom in design and that’s why they use Rhino. Rhino is sort of the design tool for architects that is not based on elements per se. Point clouds are more important than BIM at this point for me. So Rhino is the super flexible tool. Otherwise, I could keep working with Archicad - which most of my students don’t like. Also for detailed design in fabrication you can do well in 3D. But for the assembly you still need plans again. Especially for example with wooden constructions, I would simply need Rhino and a good layout function. (Maybe also a working Blender exchange plugin would be great too.)

Maybe Mcneel still underestimates the desire for a fully functional layout system. Certain tools in layout could be a reason for thousands of young architects to work only with Rhino. My students often are super frustrated about that. The workflow becomes a mix of Rhino, Archicad/Vectorworks and Indesign.
Bluntly put it’s about independence. Rhino is a great tool. Now we just need to make it work to output plans for smaller and advanced projects.

BTW: I don’t have anything against VisualARQ either. They just seem to be aimed at a different clientele/addressees. This might be changing atm I don’t know.

Hi @jsbzh,
VisualARQ provides different features for different purposes in the project design process.
If you need to create very detailed 3D models or with complex geometry, then the VisulARQ objects won’t help you so much, certainly, although you can create your custom parametric objects with the “Grasshopper styles” feature.

If you need to produce 2D drawings out of the 3D model, then VisualARQ can help you even if the entire model is created with pure Rhino geometry, regardless its complexity or level of detail. On one hand, there are the section attributes also available for Rhino objects. On the other hand, there are two options to produce 2D drawings: the one of printing the 3D model directly to vector output thanks to the Hidden display mode (VisualARQ 2.0: Hidden-Line Vector output 2D drawings in Rhino - YouTube), and the other one (similar to Make2D’s approach) consisting in laying 2D drawings in the model space that, unlike make2D’s linework, are linked to the 3D model. They are managed also by styles so you can override the section attributes for the whole drawing: Section View Attributes Overrides - VisualARQ - YouTube