Giving your AutoCAD, GStarCAD or ZwCAD full more drafting power
Do you want to:
give your AutoCAD/GStarCAD/ZwCAD advanced drafting capabilities?
import XLS coordinate point data and draw them as CAD entities?
draw complex math shapes?
LitioLAB 1.0 is an advanced, complex-shape, mathematical drawing tool for AutoCAD, GStarCAD and ZwCAD, that helps you draw complex shapes (either 2D curves, 3D curves or 3D surfaces), that are not available as standard commands within AutoCAD or GStarCAD or ZwCAD.
With LitioLAB you can
draw complex shapes in AutoCAD/GStarCAD or ZwCAD, such as:
Give your CAD system full more power and not be limited within the standard drawing commands like: LINE, RECTANGLE, POLYLINE, CIRCLE, ARC or (in newer versions) HELIX!
There are full more possibilities waiting for you with LitioLAB. With some basic Calculus knowledge you can join our community of users who expand the limits of their CAD systems to a completely new level.
Push CAD limits out of the BOX!
For more information check LitioLAB user manual and the following:
Check the following video play list. It will provide you with an overview of LitioLAB, how to get started, the basic drafting tools and the advanced features.
An engineering drafting problem
In engineering and architectural drawing and drafting it often happens, that you need to
reproduce a shape, a path, a trajectory or any other curve, that follows an easy (or
not) mathematical function or formula. Unfortunately, there are no tools to do that in a standard CAD platform. Even
the task of transferring XLS-calculated coordinates into CAD can be cumbersome.
Math is present everywhere in engineering and architecture
In engineering we find lots of non-straight or non-circular machine elements like cranks, all kinds of springs, cams and
levers, streamers in heat exchangers, corrugated sheet metal, tank bottoms, etc.
The same happens in architecture with construction elements like beams, columns, girders, etc.
Reasons can be stress relief, material optimization, space availability, or even esthetics.
Building arches, ammunition and missile warheads, Projectile motion [Oblique throw], Simple harmonic
motion, Fourier series, space orbits, Guilloche patterns, harmonograph figures, mathematic roses,
Rosetta orbits, Roulette curves, Tusi couples, filigrees, spirals, hypotrochoids and epitrochoids, and
Lissajous curves are some more examples.
Further examples are also catenary curves, gear profiles, helical augers, cross sections of plane wings or
of ship hulls, etc. All they follow mathematical principles and formulas. Actually, any physics or engineering
phenomenon can be expressed mathematically.
Another possible [and obvious] use is... Function Analysis in Calculus.
In the real world there are different drawing aids (in addition to rules, compasses and protractors) as curved
rules (French curves), flexible rules, all sort of templates, etc. In the same way, in your CAD system you would
expect to have tools to draw spirals, sinusoid curves, parables, or any mathematical shape, regardless of its complexity.
You would also like to have a tool to transfer a set of XLS-calculated 2D or 3D coordinates into CAD, to draw a POLYLINE in
few seconds and with just some few clicks.
LitioLAB features and capabilities
2D curves (as functions of x or an angle, or parametric curves)
3D curves (as functions of x and y, or parametric 3D curves)
3D surfaces (as functions of x and y, or parametric 3D surfaces)
Spirograph: hypotrochoids and epitrochoids
Excel to CAD (export 2D and 3D coordinate points [e.g., calculated in MS Excel] into CAD as a polyline or as a set of points)