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Converting Entities

These commands are used to convert entities of one type to another type.

Make Plane

Menu: Edit / Selection Edit / Convert / Make Plane


Converts lines, curves, circles, and arcs into a plane. Planes can be shaded, whereas lines, circles, and arcs cannot.

Select the line or lines to be converted to a plane. The selected lines should all form a flat surface, and have common endpoints.


Curve to Line

Menu: Edit / Selection Edit / Convert / Curve to Line


Select the curve that you wish to convert to a line. Choose the Curve to Line command. The selected curve is changed to a line.

Line to Curve

Menu: Edit / Selection Edit / Convert / Line to Curve

Select the line to convert. Choose the Line To Curve command. The line is converted to a curve.



Menu: Edit / Selection Edit / Convert / Weld


Select the entities to be welded together. Choose the Weld command. The area of the objects is combined, and any lines that separated the objects are deleted.



Menu: Edit / Selection Edit / Convert / Explode

Converts any selected composite objects into separate entities. This command affects grids, dimensions, and symbols. Afterwards, the parts of the former composite objects can be manipulated individually.

Symbols are broken apart into separate drawing entities, just as if they had been drawn originally right in the current drawing. Grids are converted into planes, and planes are converted to vectors. Dimensions are converted into text, vectors, and arrows.

If a group is selected when the Explode command is chosen, objects in the group will be exploded as if they were not a part of a group, but the group will remain intact. To select individual entities, it will be necessary to use the Group Explode command to explode the group. To explode a group so individual objects may be selected, but still remain composite objects, use Group Explode instead of Explode.

Vector Convert

Menu: Edit / Selection Edit / Convert / Vector Convert


Converts selected entities such as arcs, circles, curves, and planes to vector entities.

Point 1-n: Entities to be changed to line entities

The entities are converted into a series of vectors, or short line segments. The new entity has more points than the original but looks the same.

Example: Convert a circle to vectors.

Select the circle you want to convert to vectors and choose Vector Convert. DesignCAD automatically converts the entity to vectors.


Although the entity does not change appearance, you can see the effect of conversion to vectors by choosing

Point Select Mode

and selecting the entity.

Text Convert

Menu: Edit / Selection Edit / Convert / Text Convert