Part Boolean

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Part Boolean.svg Part Boolean

Menu location
Part → Booleans
Workbenches
Part
Default shortcut
None
Introduced in version
-
See also
Part Union, Part Common, Part Cut and Part Section


Description

This command is a generic all-in-one boolean tool. It allows you to specify what operation to perform and what parameters to use via the dialog below. For quicker boolean operations, see also Part Fuse.svg Part Union, Part Common.svg Part Common, Part Cut.svg Part Cut, and Part Section.svg Part Section.

PartBooleansDialog.png

Usage

See the individual commands:

Also see the Part → Refine Shape menu.

Coplanar problems

The boolean operations are performed by the internal geometry kernel, OpenCASCADE Technology (OCCT). This library sometimes has problems producing boolean results when the input objects share an edge or a face. To be sure the boolean operation is successful the recommendation is that the shapes intersect each other clearly; this means that in most cases, one shape should protrude or be larger in size than the other shape.

In cases of coplanarity, even if the first boolean operation succeeds, subsequent boolean operations may fail. In this case, the problem may not be in the last operation done, but in the older ones, that is, in the nested operations as indicated in the tree view. To troubleshoot these issues, it is recommended to use the Part CheckGeometry.svg Part CheckGeometry tool to inspect all objects for problems.

Part Boolean cut coplanar 1.png

Part Boolean cut coplanar 2.png

Left: shapes that share a face, a boolean cut may produce incorrect results. Right: shapes that intersect each other clearly, the boolean cut will be successful in most cases.


Part Boolean fusion coplanar 1.png

Part Boolean fusion coplanar 2.png

Left: shapes that share a face, a boolean union may produce incorrect results. Right: shapes that intersect each other clearly, the boolean union will be successful in most cases.


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