Planar orientation

I was wondering if you had planar orientation with cross reference pitch adjust, and corner rotation for line plot, as I have had difficulty getting angles accurate in the past.

This sounds like the Rotated Rectangle Tool. This is it’s treatment in the User Guide …

The User Guide article on “Measuring Angles and Distances to Model Precisely”:

The difficulty I was having related to plotting the first curve on the correct plane angle.

To be honest I am just a new user struggling to perform.
I have design ideas based in fluid mechanics and electrical systems that i wish to portray well.
I am realising how complicated the task really is.
Fluid shear by head of pressure relative variable helices is part of what I wish to display.

I was trying to start with a curve, but could not get the centre at the correct planar angle.

Sorry for multi posting my hands work faster than my brain at times.
I did post previously about having draft lines that can be removed but have not found how to do this yet.
If I start with a rectangle and place curve on the plane, when I delete the rectangle I tend to lose both.

Until you learn your way around here, please post in the main SketchUp category.
(One of the Admins has moved this.)

Do you have any useful advice for how to move the centre of a curved line by planar degrees or not ?

A temporary planar grid that starts horizontal with intersection points for vertical plane adjustment would suffice.

A common problem is getting ahead of your skills with the software.
Suggest reading the entire 1st chapter …
… and then go through the video tutorials …

These are called Guidelines in SketchUp (and Construction lines) in other design software.
The TapeMeasureTool can create them, but is a bit awkward, so I use a plugin.
… but I had also given a link into the user guide that explained guidelines …

Also, display the Instructor panel while you learn SketchUp.
Put it in it’s own tray window. Window (menu) > New Tray… named it “Help”
… then drag the Instructor panel from the “Default Tray” to the new “Help” tray
… and set it to float somewhere or dock it to the left margin.
See User Guide: Arranging dialog boxes and trays

SketchUp has “sticky” geometry. This means that geometric primitives that are created in the same entities context interact with each other.

An edge drawn from one side of a rectangle to the other will split the rectangular face into two faces.
So if you want to use a face as a “guide surface” upon which to draw, then group it first so it’s entities are in their own context. (You select the primitives, right-click and choose “Make Group”.)

Whenever you have created an object made up of primitives that forms a distinct “thing” that you wish to preserve, make it a group or a component.

The RotateTool. To use it effectively …

  1. You need to understand SketchUp’s inferencing system …

  2. You need to use the click + drag method of telling the RotateTool what the pivot point and rotational axes will be.

  3. Once you move the mouse in the desired direction and the rotation begins, let go of the mouse (do not click in the “Measurements” editbox it is always ready for input,) … just type the exact angle and press ENTER.

There are some guideline grid plugins, one even by the SketchUp Team …

… and @TIG created a work / drawing plane extension you can get at SketchUcation …

All about adding extensions (plugins) to SketchUp …

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