utility for AutoCad
(and ZWCAD 2018-2021)
Design your civil work in
real 3D with this handy tool!
CadTools (ToolBox) is
developed for Civil Engineers using AutoCAD. There are a number of great
software on the market supporting the design process of roads, rails
etc. For minor design work CadTools can be very useful,
it contains more than
50 commands mostly in real 3D to support
By combining separate commands through the work process you can achieve
almost anything you want. When I developed the
commands I certainly had some situations in mind but every command can
be used in a variety of situations not only
in civil work design.
you can create your own surface models based on objects in the drawing
or import triangles from DWG (other civil software). You can create
profiles and cross-sections of multiple surfaces, calculate volumes and
It's easy and fun creating real 3D models
with CadTools commands, some of these commands can only
be found in software that you have to pay money for.
work as a civil designer at one of Sweden's
leading consulting companies.
tool for civil design is Bentley InRoads/RailTrack, one of the best software I've
seen. Sometimes you need something less complicated so I started developing CadTools while traveling to work by train.
After more than five years and
thousands of hours of developing this software now is a powerful tool way beyond my
first intentions. Honestly I can't be without it,
you will feel the same.
CadTools is an out of process software and supports AutoCAD versions:
2001-2021. (vanilla and
verticals i.e. Civil 3D). It also supports ZWCAD+ (2014-2015 and 2018-2021)
in CadTools are listed below. CadTools has a complete
helpfile with images of command results.
Insert or remove characters to single line text.
text to UCS and scale it.
Align Text to Left.
Send selected text to Excel
Area calculation of polylines based on color or
layer. Results can be exported to Excel
Export polyline coordinates to Excel
Length calculate of polylines based on color
or layer. Results can be exported to Excel
Point section and offset from polyline
Draw slopemarks from polylines
Create cylinders (pipes) from polylines/lines.
Create road signs and markings
Level out 3Dpolyline
Transverse 3D lines between 3D Polylines (3D Slope signs)
Slope Arrows for 3Dpolylines (Ditch bottom slope direction)
Polyline Elevation and slope
Create 3D alignment from plan and profile
Best fit, 3D-polyline regression.
command for 3D-polylines
Set polyline elevation by nearest text, fixes contours with no elevation
Lines/Polylines to EPANET
All layers on
All layers off but selected
All layers off but current
Layer off by object
Xref layer freeze by single object
Move to layer by object
Set current layer by object
Draw polylines, circles and blocks from
coordinates. Paste from Excel to CadTools
longitudinal features (ditch bottom, surface interception) with cut/fill
Import Triangulated Surface from Graphic (from other software)
Triangle Volume and color cut/fill areas in plan.
Triangulate objects (create surface models)
surface with objects and lines
Pick and annotate elevation from surface
Create wireframe surface
Cut & Fill areas in cross-sections
Create Surface Profiles
Create Surface Cross Section
View Surface Slope and Direction
Perimeter for flat
(or any slope interval)
and annotate Slope vector from surface
Constrained triangulation (breaklines)
Trickle, traces the path of a drop of
water down a selected surface.
by Elevation, triangle volumes at intervals
Trickle All, evaluate surface water paths.
Convert 3DPolylines to 2Dpolylines
Convert 3DFaces to 3Dpolylines
Convert arc to 3Dpolyline
Create coordinate grid
Place sloped text
Convert Circle to 3Dpolyline
Open Xref by Object
Detach Xref by Object
Save/Load Xref-settings to/from file
Annotate block elevation
Drainage network evaluation, evaluation of block
(manholes) and Lines (pipes). Result in Excel
Export block information to Excel (coordinates, attribute values)
Export Hatch area to Excel
Vehicle Turning Simulation (Vehicle Tracking)
Annotate Profiles/Cross sections
Vehicle Turning Simulation (Swept path
analysis). Configure vehicles of your own and do analysis in the drawing.
Much faster design than using turning templates.
Create surface cross-sections as 2D or 3D.
Display crossing reference lines
View Surface slope and direction.
Perimeter of areas with userdefined slopes.
cut and fill by applying end-conditions to 3Dpolylines.
Very simple and powerful step by step process.
Create Give Way
CadTools does not work with AutoCadLT.
Some features are limited for unregistered users.
Windows Vista users!
Problems running CadTools? Probably it's Vista's
UAC dabbling, try to launch CadTools as an Administrator. Simply find the
shortcut for CadTools, right click on it then in the Compatibility tab select
the option that say: Run this program as an Administrator.
If you are using Bricscad you will find the Vehicle Turning in
Vehicle Turning is also
available as a freeware for Microstation V8.
Alternative download (ca
Zip-file containing complete installation and update plus
Update for CadTools (ca
Download update only. If you already installed CadTools and only need the
Manual English (ca 2,6 Mb) (PDF document, printed documentation
112 pages, updated 2014-06-20)
Manual Italian (Translated by Gennaro Bellaiuto)
Video Samples (Collection of video
Default Vehicle library (metric)
Vehicle samples in metric units
Vehicle library (imperial, 2013-05-13) Vehicle samples in imperial units
Portable version of
(ca 33 Mb) Run CadTools from a USB stick (Virtualized)
Online discussion site for
should I donate? There is no right answer to that, the result is always the same
no matter how much or little you donate.
are used for paying
Server, Domain and Software fees
Please note that donation notifications are sent to me from PayPal by email and
I manually send you a registration email as soon as possible.
Generally I respond same day. If you haven't
a responding email in a couple of days, check your spam filter or post a message
to me in CadTools forum.
Latest update (2020-12-11
744)CadTools internal SpreadSheet
had problems with copying. Copy All worked but not Copy Selected. This is now
Latest update (2020-12-03
The preview window in "Create Longitudinal
Features" didn't show up.
Latest update (2020-11-24
Exporting to spreadsheet with setting "Excel is not
installed on this computer" did not showed CadTools internal SpreadSheet.
Latest update (2020-11-06
Added support for ZWCAD 2021
Latest update (2020-10-27
Fixed a delivery bug in
previous update, I missed to exclude test code.
Latest update (2020-10-26
Extended "Draw from Coordinates" with "Multiple
Block insert" type and Layer overrides for type "Text at Point"