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LWCAD 2018 for LightWave is a top set of add-on modeling plugins for LightWave 3D. Core of this package contains a complete set of standard [[Computer-
aided_design|CAD]] tools with the most advanced osnap engine. It equips your favorite modeling program with the countless features normally
available only in expensive CAD applications.
LWCAD 2018 for LightWave contains revolutionary features such as a real-time curve booleans or real-time polygons drilling which are absolutely unique in the
industry, as well as a new set of archiviz tools which are specially designed for creating architecture. It allows users to create a complex
building in a few minutes. These new features will push you into another modeling dimension.
Auto Roof - fast tool for creating complex roofs from flat polygons, closed curves or floor plans
Extend Roof - fast tool for extending the roof edges
Edge To Stair - new universal tool for creating stairs from curves or polygon-NURBS edges
Vector Clone - simplified version of Vector Clone to clone the selected geometry
Radial Clone - simplified version of Radial Clone to clone the selected geometry
Array Clone - simplified version of Array Clone to clone the selected geometry
Mesh Info - tool for analyzing basic information about mesh (this will be heavily extended in next versions)
Material Picker - material selection and application tool
New License activation system - new activation system with automatic-manual and online-offline activation
LWCAD Options: License panel - new panel with license activation status, and access to 'My licenses' section on lwcad.com
LWCAD Forum - direct access to the forum from the plugin by automatically logging in
LWCAD Support - direct access to the support from the plugin by automatically logging in
New 2D-3D mode - new 2D-3D mode for all primitives that use the depth parameter
Project snapping - updated behaviour of project snapping
Auto Lock - new auto lock parameter for Line, Wall, Pipe, Line Roof
Rect UV - new mapping modes: Polygon,Plane,Proj
Quad UV - simplified panel, new Flip U-V options
Stairs: beams and railings - all stair tools updated with new Beams and Railings modes (none, curve, surface)
Stairs: curves - new 2D mode for all stair primitives
Wall - new 'Side Surfaces' option, the wall is generated with the left and right sides
WinDoor - The hole in the wall is divided by the window. The material of the front of the back is appropriately assigned
Extrude - new grouping mode
Surface Clone: Clone To Line - Surface Clone renamed to 'Clone To Surface'
Radial Clone: Clone To Radial - Radial Clone renamed to 'Clone To Radial'
Array Clone: Clone To Array - Array Clone renamed to 'Clone To Array'
Line Clone: Clone To Line - Line Clone renamed to 'Clone To Line'
Point Clone: Clone To Point - Point Clone renamed to 'Clone To Point'
Clone To Line - The line clone can be initialized by clicking on the existing curve
Clone To: Source Viewport - new parameter to specify the source viewport. Simple set-up with clicking in the viewport
NURBS curve 2
Latest version 2 is fully compatible with previous curve types from LWCAD 4.5 and older
Older curve types are automatically converted when object is loaded
Lines and curve segments can be joined into a single poly-curve
Closed curves are supported
Smart mesh is a unified geometry system of polygons and NURBS surfaces
The basic idea of this system, is to connect polygons and nurbs surfaces into homogeneous objects
Polygons and surfaces are connected with shared edges which are defined by curves or lines
Level of detail of these shared edges are identical for both sides of connected surfaces or polygons
Smart selection system is incorporated into LWCAD since version 5.0
The purpose of this system, is to unify and simplify behavior of all LWCAD edit tools when using on smart mesh. LWCAD 2018 for LightWave uses the smart
selection system in all tools listed in the Smart Edit section
It is based on selection handles which can also have adjustable parameters
Selection handles are created from geometry
Adjustable handles are created from geometry or as a combination of existing handles
LWCAD since version 2 contains a complete snap engine which is fully integrated into all of the LWCAD tools. Snap modes are
adjustable through the "Snap Panel"
Universal Coordinate System, or UCS, allows you to create a user-defined adjustable workplane
BG Layers Snap allows you to snap to geometry in background layers
Polygon Slice: all curve primitives also have the ability to slice polygons. Tool must be applied by clicking on a polygon and then
slice mode is enabled with pol button
Polygon Boolean: all polygon-based primitive tools can use real-time polygon Boolean. Polygonal Boolean operations preserve UV maps
Curve Boolean: all curve primitive tools can use real-time curve Boolean functions. Boolean operations are calculated between objects
created with tools and the rest of the scene geometry that lies on the same UCS workplane as the current tool. Boolean operations only work with
LWCAD NURBS curves
NURBS Boolean: NURBS boolean is not available yet. It is planned feature for one of future releases. As a manual solution 'Add point'
and 'Offset' functions can be used
In order to work properly, your copy of LWCAD 2018 for LightWave requires :