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polySeparate( [poly] , [caching=boolean], [constructionHistory=boolean], [name=string], [nodeState=int], [object=boolean])

Note: Strings representing object names and arguments must be separated by commas. This is not depicted in the synopsis.

polySeparate is undoable, queryable, and editable.

This command creates new objects from the given poly. A new object will be created for each section of the mesh that is distinct (no edges connect it to the rest of the mesh).
This command can only separate one object at a time.

Return value

string[]Object name(s) and node name.

In query mode, return type is based on queried flag.


polyBoolOp, polyUnite


caching, constructionHistory, name, nodeState, object
Long name (short name) Argument types Properties
object(o) boolean create
Create the result, or just the dependency node (where applicable).
Common flags
name(n) string create
Give a name to the resulting node.
constructionHistory(ch) boolean createquery
Turn the construction history on or off (where applicable). If construction history is on then the corresponding node will be inserted into the history chain for the mesh. If construction history is off then the operation will be performed directly on the object.
Note: If the object already has construction history then this flag is ignored and the node will always be inserted into the history chain.
caching(cch) boolean createedit
Toggle caching for all attributes so that no recomputation is needed
nodeState(nds) int createqueryedit
Defines how to evaluate the node.
  • 0: Normal
  • 1: PassThrough
  • 2: Blocking
  • 3: Internally disabled. Will return to Normal state when enabled
  • 4: Internally disabled. Will return to PassThrough state when enabled
  • 5: Internally disabled. Will return to Blocking state when enabled

Flag can appear in Create mode of command Flag can appear in Edit mode of command
Flag can appear in Query mode of command Flag can have multiple arguments, passed either as a tuple or a list.

Python examples

import maya.cmds as cmds

cmds.polyPlane( n='plg', w=5, h=5 )
cmds.delete( 'plg.f[20:29]' )

cmds.polySeparate( 'plg' )