Spline (Control Points)

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Menu: Draw > Spline > Spline (Control Points)
Shortcut: S, P
Commands: spline | sp

Description:

Draws spline curves from control points. Non-uniform rational B-Splines (NURBS) with homogeneous weighting factors are the only splines that are supported.

Procedure:

  1. Choose the degree of the spline in the options tool bar. Supported degrees are 2 (quadratic b-spline) and 3 (cubic b-spline). The higher the degree, the 'smoother' the curve becomes.
    Note that a quadratic b-spline requires by definition at least 3 control points while a cubic b-spline has at least 4 control points.
  2. Check the 'Closed' check box in the options tool bar if you want to create a closed spline. Closed splines are continuous closed loops.
  3. Specify the control points. After defining the third (for quadratic b-splines) or fourth (for cubic b-splines) control point, a preview will be shown. You can remove the last control point again by clicking the 'Undo' button in the options tool bar.

Example for two open splines (quadratic and cubic):

Example for two closed, periodic splines (quadratic and cubic):