I am using a combination of Cycles material shaders to perform a "clipping" view for a geologic cross-section. The answers to the following question explain very well how to achieve the cut-away view.

How can I easily animate cutaway views on multiple objects?

The difference between these answers and what I am looking for is that with these you can look inside the mesh. I would like to give the illusion of a solid or filled mesh. Even if it appears to be filled with something like colored smoke.

I'm trying to cut hundreds of objects, and cut multiple X-sections (e.g. clip the Y-axis from 90-110, and 190-210, 290-310, etc).

This is an example of an original mesh that I would like to clip: Original Unclipped Mesh

This is what I would like to accomplish. I did this using boolean modifiers. The problem with this method is it does not scale well to many objects, nor is it simple to make multiple X-sections. Target Outcome

This is where I currently am using Cycles nodes. Cycles Nodes

This is the node tree with two groups: Cycles Node Tree Clipping Group 1 Clipping Group 2

I believe that a volume or emission node may be able to provide this effect. I have tried adding it in a variety of places.

Placing the volume absorption node right before the material output: Volume absorption before output

Result 1

Placing the volume absorption node between the diffuse node the first location group results in this: Volume absorption after diffuse node Result 2

Is it possible to have this geographically clipped material appear to be solid or filled with smoke?


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One option is to do it manually.

1) Press TAB to go into edit mode.

2) Select all the vertices bordering the hole.

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3) Press 'F' to fill the selected area.

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I hope this helps! -Galaxy

  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid that, similar to the boolean modifier, this does not scale well to many objects. $\endgroup$
    – joswhite
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 22:08

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