Drawing coplanar lines


#1

Is there a way to ensure that your lines are coplanar when you’re drawing irregular shapes (ie- not nesessarily on the red, green or blue axis)…? I am trying to sketch in some meandering contours but my elevations are all over the place. Thanks in advance for your help!


#2

You could try drawing a large rectangle and making it a group. Then draw on that, looking for the “on face in group” inference. When you are finished just delete or hide the rectangle.

Shep


#3

Thanks for your reply Shep! I guess I thought that there would be something built in to SketchUp to keep your lines coplanar regardless of direction. But I will try this idea. Thanks again.


#4

That’s why I invented http://sketchucation.com/pluginstore?pln=WorkPlane


#5

You don’t really have to make it a group (just go directly for On Face inferencing). That way, whatever shape you are creating will already have a face when you complete it, and you need only delete the part of the rectangle that lies outside the shape.

-Gully


#6

Those are all fantastic ideas. Thanks guys!