Section Views with Surfaces

This works, but may not be an ideal solution. Create surface offset copies of all your relevant surfaces. Create a new plane, relative to what you want your view to be. Trim all of your offset surfaces to that plane.
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Even though SolidWorks will display a sectioned view of a surface in a part viewport, the same is not true for a drawing.
There needs to be some thickness to the surface. So, if you can create a solid by inserting a Boss/Base / Thicken with the selected surface (even as little as .001", for example), then the thin solid can be sectioned and shown in the drawing.
Once the side view (or section) exists in the drawing, the edges which make up the contours of the surface (along the original face, prior to thickening) can be selected and converted - on edge - into the view.
After the entity conversion, the Thickened Surface feature can be selected from the drawing view's Feature Manager and the body hidden.
This will leave just the zero thickness surface edge entities...
Per O. Hoel
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I am trying to create multiple section views of a surface model in a drawing
and/or part file, but I am having some problems. I have no problem in
either mode with a solid model, but when I try it with a surface, it says
that I cannot get a section view of an empty model (in the drawing file). I
realize that I probably shouldn't be able to see anything (since I'm
essentially viewing a zero-thickness surface on edge), but I was wondering
if there was any way I could sort of "turn on" the edges of the surfaces at
various cross-sections so they would be visible. Any ideas? Thanks a lot.
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Ryan Neuhart
Alright, I ended up adding that boss (through thickening by 0.001") since that was easier on my end, and it worked great. I was able to get the several cross-sections I needed. They turned out beautifully. Thanks a lot for the help.
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Ryan Neuhart

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