I've an .stl file of a cube of a porous material. The material is basically many overlapping spheres. Since I imported it as an .stl file, it is one object to blender.

I want to have an animation, that clips through the material. Can anyone help?

I tried using outside lamps and camera clip, but then the inside is not illuminated. Also, once a sphere is "cut open" by the clipping, you can see through it. I don't want that. Solidify doesn't do the job, because the spheres have different radi.

I also tried using a mixed shader with emission/diffuse and light path, so the spheres would illumiate each other, but that doesn't work, because the whole strucutre is one object to blender.
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    $\begingroup$ Have you tried using boolean operations? $\endgroup$ – Sebastián Mestre Jun 8 '17 at 10:24
  • $\begingroup$ @SebastiánMestre How are boolean operations going to help? $\endgroup$ – FStruck Jun 8 '17 at 13:07
  • $\begingroup$ @FStruck can you post a picture of your object? I'm having a hard time visualizing what you are working with. I assume you are using cycles? $\endgroup$ – David Jun 8 '17 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ @David just added a picture. I'll use whatever render engine will give me the desired results. I tried it with cycles so far. $\endgroup$ – FStruck Jun 8 '17 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ @FStruck is this what you are trying to do? $\endgroup$ – David Jun 8 '17 at 14:25

You will want to use a boolean modifier. Start by adding a cube that overlaps with your object. Select your object, go to the modifiers tab, and add a boolean modifier. Set the target object to be your cube, and select 'difference' as your operation.

Before modifier:

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After modifier:

In this screen shot I've set the cube draw type to wire so you can see what the modifier does. You could simply move the cube to a different layer.

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