Does anyone know how to insert the Modify Features Clip tool into a ModelBuilder in ArcGIS Pro 3.03?

I'm wanting to cut a hole in a polygon based on another feature class, and do this for ten different cases. If I could bring in the clip discard area that intersects tool, then I could set up the links for the polygons and run the tool to create the ten holes in ten different polygons all at once.

ModelBuilder screenshot with Mask Polygon feature class and input feature class

Modify features Clip. Discard area that intersects.

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You cannot add the Modify Feature tool to modelbuilder, it's an editing tool meant for interactive editing. The equivalent geo-processing tool that you can using in model builder to automate processing is the Erase tool. Take note this is an Advanced level licensed tool.

  • With Erase it creates a new FC, is there a way to get the similar behavior without creating a new FC? The modify feature tools don't create a new FC, so wanted to automate that behavior. Dec 6, 2023 at 23:47
  • To my knowledge not without coding in python and exposing it as a tool script which you could embed into a model. Or you except the limitations of erase and adjust your workflow to replace the input dataset with the output of the erase tool?
    – Hornbydd
    Dec 7, 2023 at 0:17

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