Normal Cut Example

You may need to make a normal cut at a specific location in a part. Below illustrates why you might make a normal cut with the Extent versus Offset plane parameters.

Consider that you have a slanted sheet metal part or body and a tube that needs to be welded on top of the part. This example shows a section view for illustration.

The Extent parameter creates a perfectly closed corner on one side and a large gap on the other side. With this approach, you need to weld a lot of material into the gap to connect the tube to the part. The Offset plane lets you select the sheet metal reference as the top face and set the offset to 0. The resulting contour lets you create a weld with less effort and material.