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Intersect 3D


Computes the intersection of multipatch features to produce closed multipatches encompassing the overlapping volumes, open multipatch features from the common surface areas, or lines from the intersecting edges.


Intersect 3D


  • Exercise caution when determining the data used for this analysis. Highly detailed features may produce extremely complex geometries that could exhibit display performance issues on account of their total number of vertices and orientation.

  • If one input is given, the intersection of features in that multipatch dataset will be evaluated, whereas if two were given, the intersection of features from both datasets will be determined and intersections found in only one input get ignored.


    When using two input features, attributes from both features get concatenated in the output.


Intersect3D_3d (in_feature_class_1, out_feature_class, {in_feature_class_2}, {output_geometry_type})
ParameterExplanationData Type

The multipatch features that will be intersected. When only one input feature layer or feature class is provided, the output will indicate the intersection of its own features.

Feature Layer

The feature class that will be produced by this tool.

Feature Class

The optional second multipatch feature layer or feature class to be intersected with the first.

Feature Layer

Determines the type of intersection geometry created.

  • SOLIDCreates a closed multipatch representing the overlapping volumes between input features. This is the default.
  • SURFACECreates a multipatch surface representing shared faces between input features.
  • LINE Creates lines representing shared edges between input features.

Code sample

Intersect3D example 1 (Python window)

The following sample demonstrates the use of this tool in the Python window.

import arcpy
from arcpy import env

env.workspace = 'C:/data'
arcpy.Intersect3D_3d('inMultipatch1.shp', 'outMultipatch.shp', 
Intersect3D example 2 (stand-alone script)

The following sample demonstrates the use of this tool in a stand-alone Python script.

Name: Intersect3D Example
Description: This script demonstrates how to use the
             Intersect3D tool
# Import system modules
import arcpy

# Set environment settings
arcpy.env.workspace = 'C:/data'

# Set Local Variables
inMP1 = 'Boston_MP_Small.shp'
inMP2 = 'Boston_MP.shp'

# Ensure output has a unique name
outMP = arcpy.CreateUniqueName('Intersect.shp')

# Execute Intersect 3D
arcpy.Intersect3D_3d(inMP1, outMP, inMP2)

Licensing information

  • ArcGIS Desktop Basic: Requires 3D Analyst
  • ArcGIS Desktop Standard: Requires 3D Analyst
  • ArcGIS Desktop Advanced: Requires 3D Analyst