Reshape Planes in RealCAD / LANDWorksCAD / ArborCAD


Is there an easy way to work with planes in RealCAD / LANDWorksCAD?

I would like to resize the planes easily using just a few clicks.


Working with planes in RealCAD / LANDWorksCAD is extremely easy, although to reshape planes can be not very intuitive.

Having a plane as shown below (made with lines, then filled plane by interior position), we would have to drag (modify) one of the lines…

Reshape Plane Drag First Line

… Then you would have to drag the second line ‘touching’ that point.

Reshape Plane Drag Second Line

Refreshing the window will show the plane adjusted to the modified lines.

Reshape Plane Refresh Window 

Now, to avoid having to alter 2 lines rather than one single point, we will define the outline of the plane by inserting curves instead. The curve degree must be 1, an it will be shown on the screen as lines, although by double clicking in any of the ‘lines’ will show that are curves instead.

Insert Curve - Curve Options - Curve Degree 1 point

Since we are drawing curves, we won’t be able to ‘close’ the boundary. There won’t be any snap option.

Draw Outline Using Curves 1 Degree

Instead, finish to draw the outline and then close the gap by selecting on of the lines and snapping to the other one, as shown below.

Close Curve Gap

Now we are ready to insert the plane.

Insert Plane by boundary

Next, pick a point and drag it to a different location. You will see that selecting a single point will resize both lines (curves 1 degree).

Reshape Plane Single Point

Refreshing your window will adjust the plane to the boundary 1 degree curves.

Refresh Window