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The beginning of NURBS era in LightWave 3D.

LWCAD 2018 for LightWaveLWCAD 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.

What's New

New Tools
  • 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 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
Tools Updates
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
Real-Time Boolean
  • 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 on objects
  • 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
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