Hide Table of Contents

Splitting Models and Parts

A part is a grouping of one or more surfaces in a model. Each surface is also a part, which can be composed of smaller pieces. Surfaces do not have to be physically next to each other to be grouped together or to constitute a single part.

Sometimes you need to extract individual surfaces or several surfaces from the part to which they are assigned for greater flexibility with appearance assignment or animation.

To split models and parts:

  1. Click Selection Tool > Part .
  2. Right-click a part and click Extract Part.
  3. In the dialog box, adjust the Facet Angle Tolerance to set the part tolerance.
  4. Click the part to preview the tolerance settings.
    On parts with many polygons, this may take several seconds to update.
  5. Continue the tolerance adjustments as necessary.
  6. Click Execute Split to split the part.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Splitting Models and Parts
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2016 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.