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Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Tapered lines.
Command line :  CP_CREATETAPER  


The CP_CREATETAPER command is used to create tapered polylines (with specified widths at each end) OR convert existing lines, polylines and arcs into tapered polylines.

Note: CP_CREATETAPER command can convert only two vertex polyline/arc into tapered polyline/arc.




Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Draw Slot.
Command line :  CP_SLOT 
The CP_SLOT command is useful for quickly drawing a slot with specified center point, width, length and rotation angle.

Note: The slot is rotated about its centroid



Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Draw Helix
Command line :  CP_HELIX 

Draw a helical shape

Draws a helical curve, with the helix parameters as shown in the dialog box above.

Resolution: Specify the number of tesselations (SURFTAB1) in one circle of the helix



Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Draw a parabolic curve.
Command line :  CP_PARABOLA 
The CP_PARABOLA command draws a parabolic curve. You should specify the start and end points of the parabola and the vertex point and a parabolic curve is fitted between them


Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Draw an involute curve.
Command line :  CP_INVOLUTE 

The CP_INVOLUTE command draws an involute curve.

Grain Tolerance: The grain tolerance is the angle interval in degrees at which the points of the involute curve is computed.

Start angle: The start angle defines the AutoCAD / BricsCAD angle (direction) at which the involute curve begins.

Angle to trace: The angle to trace defines the angle in degrees through which the involute curve should be traced.

 



Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Draw a tube
Command line :  CP_TUBE 
The CP_TUBE command creates a 3DSOLID tube with specified center point, inner radius, outer radius and height.


Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Draw a truncated cone
Command line :  CP_TRUNCCONE
The CP_TRUNCCONE command creates a 3DSOLID truncated cone with specified bottom radius, top radius and height.

Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Draw a perpendicular line.
Command line :  CP_PERP  

The CP_PERP command draws a perpendicular line from the picked point o
n a curve.

Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Draw a rectangle with diagonals.
Command line :  CP_DBOX 

This is a quick command to draw a rectangle with diagonals. Pick the two corners of the rectangle and optionally specify the rotation angle at which to align the rectangle


Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Extend lines to a boundary.
Command line : CP_XLINES 
CP_XLINES is used to draw lines from a selected point to a horizontal, vertical or inclined boundary line..  

Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Draw tangents to curves.
Command line : CP_TANCURVE 


Draw tangents to ARC objects

The CP_TANCURVE command provides a quick way to draw tangents to curves like arcs, polylines, splines etc. Tangents can be drawn at the ends of the curve or at the picked point on the curve with a fixed or specified length as shown in the dialog box.

Note: The “Intersect” option under “Tangent Length” is not yet implemented
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Toolbar : Draw 
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Equation of a Line
Command line : CP_LINEEQ

The CP_LINEEQ command is for your kids, or for a one-off mathematical task. It plots the equation of a line as per the formula y=mX + B. You have to specify the values for the constants M and B, the start and end limits for your X values, and an increment value for X. The equation of the line is plotted as a polyline, and is labeled with the equation parameters y=mx + b.

Toolbar : Draw
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Construction Grid
Command line : CP_CGRID
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CP_CGRID command creates a construction grid with labels. It has the option of creating Horizontal, Vertical, Inclined or Bi-Directional grid interactively (at pick points) or automatically (to fill a rectangular space). It is also possible to create interactive and automatic circular grids also.

In interative mode, the distance or angular inputs can be provided which specify the spacing between the grid lines. For example, while drawing rectangular grids, it is possible to draw the next grid line by entering the perpendicular distance from the last drawn grid line. A positive value draws to the right of the first defining grid line and a negative value draws to the left of the grid line. Similarly, while drawing interactive circular grids, it is now possible to enter the next grid line relative to the last grid line by specifying the distance from the inner grid point or the outer grid point. A value of '50i' indicates a distance of 50 from the inner point while '100o' indicates 100 distance from the outer grid point. Angular alignments also can be created. For example, entering '20a' creates the next grid line at an angle of 20 degrees clock-wise to the last drawn grid line. '-20a' would draw it counter-clockwise.

There are also options to create cross-grid points in interactive circular mode. Cross grid points also can be created by pick or by entering distances from inner or outer grid points as indicated above.

YouTube Video: Tutorial

Toolbar : Draw
      Menu : CADPower Draw Geometry Construction Grid
Command line : CP_RECTLB
The
CP_RECTLB command creates a rectangle and places a 'Length' X 'Breadth' annotation inside it. You can specify a primary drawing unit as well as additional alternate units and have the annotation appear in either one or both units. This is a 'quick and dirty tool' to draw and place measurements on rectangular spaces in m, mm, cm, ft, inches, yards or combinations of any of these two units to create a multi-units dimension. Additionally, options exist to annotate imperial units in the style 6' 6" or as 6.5 ft. This is a handy tool for architects and engineers. The 'DimExternal' and 'DimInternal' options have been implemented. It is now possible to create the dimensions of the rectangle either outside (as horizontal and vertical dimensions) or Inside (as aligned dimensions).
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Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw CAD Objects Enhanced, easy 3D points command.
Command line :  CP_EASY3DPOINT  

CP_EASY3DPOINT allows 3d point objects to be created easily. It mimics the POINT command but allows the elevation value to be entered at each point pick prompt.



Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw CAD Objects Enhanced, easy 3D polyline drawing tool.
Command line : CP_EASY3DPOLY  

CP_EASY3DPOLY allows 3d polylines to be constructed easily by providing an easy-to-use interface that allows for elevation values of each point to be entered without having to use .xyz osnap filters. Imagine you are digitizing the values of a surveyed path which is in 3d and available only in paper form. This command allows each point to be picked and the Z value entered in an easy manner. Or if you estimating the elevations of each point based on nearby objects, this command can be used very effectively.

Allows 3d polylines to be created effortlessly without having to use xy filters for Z values


Command: CP_easy3dpoly

Draw 3d polyline with elevation prompts.
From point: (pick a point)
Enter vertex elevation <0.00>: 5.6

Close/Undo/Auto:<Endpoint of line>:a
Enable Automatic elevation increment/decrement? [ Yes/No ] <No>:y

Enter increment[+]/decrement[-] value <1.00>:

[-1.00, CurZ=6.60] Close/Undo/Auto:<Endpoint of line>:
[-1.00, CurZ=7.60] Close/Undo/Auto:<Endpoint of line>:
[-1.00, CurZ=8.60] Close/Undo/Auto:<Endpoint of line>:
[-1.00, CurZ=9.60] Close/Undo/Auto:<Endpoint of line>:


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CP_EASY3DPOLY command can also automatically calculate the elevation for subsequent points based on a constant increment or decrement from the current elevation. The current elevation and the current increment of decrement setting can be viewed in real-time while running this command.

Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw CAD Objects Enhanced, easy 3DFace drawing tool.
Command line : CP_EASY3DFACE 

The CP_EASY3DFACE command allows a quick and easy way to create 3DFACE objects by allowing elevation values of the 3dFACE vertices to be entered directly without having to use .xyz osnap filter.


Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw CAD Objects Enhanced, easy 3DSPLINE drawing tool.
Command line : CP_EASY3DSPLINE

The CP_EASY3DSPLINE command allows a quick and easy way to create a 3D SPLINE object by allowing elevation values of the spline vertices to be entered directly without having to use .xyz osnap filter.

Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Symbology Roughen a linear object
Command line :
CP_ROUGHEN
Pick a linear object (line or polyline) and roughen it. The roughened line contains randomly created zig-zags on either side of the center line

Toolbar : Draw 
      Menu : CADPower Draw Symbology Pattern Placer
Command line : CP_PATTERNPLACER

The CP_PATTERNPLACER command is used to arrange a pattern inside a polygonal boundary in a row-wise manner. The command works with blocks. You must first create a block that represents one motif of the repeating pattern. The motif must be drawn in a direction facing the CAD 0 degree direction (east) and the insertion point must be at the left hand center of the motif. The 0 degree direction of the motif becomes the flow direction when the pattern is generated on a repeated basis along the row. An X and Y offset is specified to denote where the next row will be positioned (alignment with reference to the adjacent row). Another distance parameter indicates the distance between the two motifs along the row.







Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Rule-Based Draw 3D polylines with automatically incrementing / decrementing elevations
Command line : CP_DRAWPOLYINCRDECR 

The CP_DRAWPOLYINCRDECR command is used to create new 3d polylines by automatically incrementing or decrementing vertex elevations.  Alternatively, you can specify existing 3d polylines and have their z values automatically incremented or decremented.

3d polyline creation options

Create New: Starts the 3d polyline digitizing command and enables new polylines to be created with incrementing or decrementing elevations.
Update existing: Select existing 3d polylines and update their vertex elevations incrementing or decrementing.

Starting Z value: Specify the starting Z value of the first vertex of the polyline.
Increment/Decrement value: Specify the elevation value to increment or decrement.






Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Rule-Based Draws a rectangular box at the current screen extents.
Command line : CP_BOXSCREEN
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The CP_BOXSCREEN command creates a closed polyline representing the extents of the current viewport.





 

 

Toolbar : Draw  
      Menu : CADPower Draw Rule-Based Draws bounding box around selected object(s)
Command line :  CP_BOUNDENT
 
The CP_BOUNDENT command draws a rectangular bounding box (closed polyline) representing the extents of all selected objects.




Toolbar : Draw
      Menu : CADPower Draw Rule-Based Draw a polyline by joining points in sorted order
Command line : CP_SORTEDPOLY

The CP_SORTEDPOLY command draws a polyline through selected points sorted in Positive X, Negative X, Positive Y or Negative Y direction.

Sort Order

Increasing X values : Choosing the option draws the polyline in increasing (positive) X direction.
Increasing Y values : Choosing the option draws the polyline in increasing (positive) Y direction.
Decreasing X values : Choosing the option draws the polyline in decreasing (negative) X direction.
Decreasing Y values : Choosing the option draws the polyline in decreasing (negative) Y direction.

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/8G3B7t74sSY

Toolbar : Draw
      Menu : CADPower Draw Rule-Based Draw arc-ends to arc-center connections in arcs / polyarcs
Command line : CP_SHOWPLARCS

Layer to place:

Source: Choosing this option draws arc-ends to arc-center connections in the source layer

Current: Choosing this option draws arc-ends to arc-center connections in the current layer

Specify: Choosing this option allows specifying the layer in which the arc-ends to arc-center connections to be drawn

Select: Clicking on Select button pops up the Select Layer dialog box.

Delete original objects: Checking this box deletes the original source object after drawing arc-ends to arc-center connections

Toolbar : Draw
      Menu : CADPower Draw Rule-Based Draw Hole Table
Command line : CP_HOLETABLE

It is now possible to create a hole-table in CADPower and export the same into Excel via CSV files.

Hole tables (also known as hole chart) specify the position of holes (or any point of interest) within a reference frame (usually a rectangle, but can be any geometry [closed polygon]) and create a table within the drawing and optoinally export the same into an Excel-compatible CSV file.

The holes (or points of interest) are represented as rows in the table and X, Y offset dimensions and other properties of the holes as columns. Circles, points, blocks (with or without attributes) can be represented in a hole-table. A hole-table is a list of coordinates of a 'hole' or 'point of interest' (measured from an origin) from e reference origin and servers as a guide for punching operations. Typical properties that can be captured in the hole-table are X & Y coordinates, diameter (for circular holes), block names and optionally attribute values.

Parameters like the column spacing, title and data text height, output file name, whether blocks and/or attributes must be included are all specified in the dialog box as show above.

This command also produces a quantity table that quantifies all holes by diameter, all blocks by names and attributes by values and lists the quantities as well. You can use the CP_HOLETABLE tool in many imaginable ways in various situations, and not just as a hole-table as applied to manufacturing.

In addition to creating hole table, this command also creates a Quantity Table. The Quantity table lists all the holes of the same diameter and quantifies them in a table. Similarly, all unique block names and attribute values in the selection are counted and listed in the Quantity table. This helps to identify and quantify the holes in a sheet, be it represented by circles or blocks with an attribute describing the hole.

Related command: CP_BOM ( CADPower -> BOM/BOQ Tools -> Create Bill of Materials/Quantities): You can use the CP_BOM command to directly import a hole-table CSV file from Excel using the 'Import Table only' option.

Toolbar : Draw
      Menu : CADPower Draw Rule-Based Draw closed polylines to an exact area
Command line : CP_POLYAREACREATE

The CP_POLYAREACRATE command creates a closed polyline (polygon) of an exact area. For example, if you have drawn the shape of your polygon but want to scale it up or down such that it measures to an exact area, you can use this command.

The command scales the polygon up or down by a specified amount until the exact area is reached. No more manual trial and error by painstaking methods. This command finds use in many patterning and land parcel planning workflows where you need to create a pre-defined shape of poly
gon to an exact area. There is both manual as well as automatic method of polygon creating.

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Clash Detection: Often, when you increase the area of a polygon by incremental amounts, it is necessary to stop when an adjoining polygon boundary is reached. This is enabled by Clash Detection. When enabled, the command stops when the polygon touches a neighboring polygon, line or arc boundary. At this point, you have the option to change the anchor point and re-scale the polygon in a different direction or accept the existing one and exit the command.

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