is an option to Graphics3D that specifies a list of clipping planes that can cut away portions of a 3D scene from the resulting view.


  • ClipPlanes->InfinitePlane[] specifies a single plane. ClipPlanes->{InfinitePlane[],} cuts away portions of the scene behind the specified planes.
  • ClipPlanes can be specified separately for particular objects in Graphics3D by giving a style option Style[obj,ClipPlanes->spec]. »
  • ClipPlanesStyle can be used to specify how clipping planes should be rendered.
  • The number of clipping planes that can be implemented with ClipPlanes is limited by available graphics hardware.
  • Graphics3D[,ClipPlanes->{{a1,b1,c1,d1},}] specifies a list of clipping planes defined as .
  • The default value is None.


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Basic Examples  (3)

Use ClipPlanes to specify a clipping plane:

Specify clipping planes for each object:

Use ClipPlanesStyle to show the clipping planes:

Scope  (7)

Use an InfinitePlane to specify a clip plane:

Use multiple planes:

Specify a plane using coefficients of the plane equation:

Clip a 3D image:

Clip a single object:

Specify ClipPlanes as a directive:

Specify a clipping plane for a list of primitives:

Generalizations & Extensions  (3)

A clip plane can be styled using ClipPlanesStyle:

A list of styles will be applied sequentially to the specified planes:

Clip planes applied using Style can be styled separately:

Properties & Relations  (1)

The inside of a clipped primitive can be styled with the second argument to FaceForm:

Possible Issues  (1)

Large points and primitives may behave unpredictably when rotated:

Neat Examples  (2)

Cut away several sections of a sphere:

Apply ClipPlanes to anatomical structures:

Wolfram Research (2014), ClipPlanes, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2016).


Wolfram Research (2014), ClipPlanes, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2016).


Wolfram Language. 2014. "ClipPlanes." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2016.


Wolfram Language. (2014). ClipPlanes. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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