Training Manual Level 1
Rhinoceros
®
NURBS modeling for Windows
Training Manual
Level 1
Rhinoceros Level 1 Training Manual v3.0
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T A B L E
O F
C O N T E N T S
Table of Contents
List of Exercises
Relative Coordinates
47
Part One: Introduction ......................................................................1
Polar Coordinates
48
1
Distance and Angle Constraint Entry
49
Before You Start .........................................................................1
Course Objectives
2
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1
Rhino Basics ..............................................................................3
The Rhino for Windows Interface
3
The Rhino Screen
4
Menus
5
Toolbars
5
Graphics Area
6
Command Area
8
The Mouse
8
Entering Commands
8
Help
9
View the Command Line History
10
View Recent Commands
10
Navigating Around the Model
16
Move Objects
18
Copy Objects
20
Changing the View of Your Model
21
Panning and Zooming
22
Resetting Your View
22
5
4
53
Object Snaps
60
Analysis Commands
64
Drawing Circles
67
Drawing Arcs
75
Drawing Ellipses and Polygons
80
Modeling Free-Form Curves
87
Modeling Helix and Spiral
90
Editing Objects.........................................................................95
Fillet
Part Two: Creating Geometry.........................................................27
3
Viewports
Creating Two-Dimensional Objects ........................................29
95
Chamfer
100
Move
104
Copy
106
Undo and Redo
107
Rotate
108
Group
109
Mirror
110
Join
111
Scale
111
Array
114
Trim
118
Split
120
Drawing Lines
29
Extend
122
Drawing Free-form Curves
32
Offset
125
Modeling Aids
33
Model Setup
34
Saving Your Work
36
Layers
37
Deleting Objects
42
6
Point Editing ...........................................................................135
Nudge Controls
139
Precision Modeling ..................................................................45
Absolute Coordinates
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T A B L E
Part Three: 3-D Modeling and Editing..........................................145
Making a 2-D Drawing from a 3-D Model
O F
252
7
Creating Deformable Shapes ................................................147
13 Printing ...................................................................................255
8
Modeling with Solids..............................................................165
Part Four: Customizing Workspaces and Toolbars ...................259
9
Creating Surfaces...................................................................177
14 Rhino Settings........................................................................261
10 Importing and Exporting Models ..........................................233
Importing and Exporting Rhino File Information
233
11 Rendering ...............................................................................237
Rendering with Flamingo
C O N T E N T
Options
261
Document Properties
265
15 Custom Toolbar Layouts .......................................................267
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12 Dimensions.............................................................................249
Dimensions
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L I S T
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E X E R C I S E S
List of Exercises
Exercise 1—Rhino basics............................................................. 11
Exercise 37—Scale ................................................................... 111
Exercise 2—Display options......................................................... 23
Exercise 38—Array ................................................................... 114
Exercise 3—Drawing lines ........................................................... 29
Exercise 39—Trim..................................................................... 118
Exercise 4—Drawing interpolated curves....................................... 32
Exercise 40—Split..................................................................... 120
Exercise 5—Drawing curves from control points............................. 32
Exercise 41—Extend ................................................................. 122
Exercise 6—Drawing lines and curves using mode functions ............ 33
Exercise 42—Offset................................................................... 125
Exercise 7—Layers ..................................................................... 37
Exercise 43—Practice ................................................................ 131
Exercise 8—Selecting objects ...................................................... 39
Exercise 44—Practice ................................................................ 132
Exercise 9—Practice using delete and selection options................... 42
Exercise 45—Practice ................................................................ 132
Exercise 10Setting up a model.................................................. 46
Exercise 46—Practice ................................................................ 133
Exercise 11—Entering absolute coordinates................................... 46
Exercise 47—Control point editing .............................................. 136
Exercise 12—Entering relative coordinates .................................... 47
Exercise 48—Practice with curves and control point editing ............ 142
Exercise 13—Entering polar coordinates ....................................... 48
Exercise 49—Creating a rubber duck........................................... 148
Exercise 14—Distance constraint entry ......................................... 49
Exercise 50— Model a bar with text ............................................ 167
Exercise 15—Distance and angle constraint entry .......................... 50
Exercise 51—Basic techniques for making surfaces ....................... 179
Exercise 16—Practice using distance and constraint entry ............... 51
Exercise 52—Extruding surfaces ................................................. 183
Exercise 17—Modeling in 3-D space ............................................. 54
Exercise 53—Lofted surfaces...................................................... 192
Exercise 18—Practice using distance and angle constraints ............. 59
Exercise 54—Revolved surfaces.................................................. 197
Exercise 19—Using object snaps .................................................. 61
Exercise 55—Using a rail revolve ................................................ 198
Exercise 20—Drawing circles ....................................................... 67
Exercise 56—Using 1-rail sweeps to create surfaces...................... 199
Exercise 21—Practice drawing circles ........................................... 72
Exercise 57—Using 2-rail sweeps to create surfaces...................... 201
Exercise 22—Using circle-related object snaps............................... 73
Exercise 58—Using a network of curves to create surfaces............. 205
Exercise 23—Practice drawing arcs (1) ......................................... 76
Exercise 59— Practice using one-rail sweeps: .............................. 206
Exercise 24—Practice drawing arcs (2) ......................................... 79
Exercise 60— Creating a toy hammer: ........................................ 209
Exercise 25—Practice drawing ellipses and polygons ...................... 82
Exercise 61— Creating a squeeze bottle: ..................................... 219
Exercise 26—Practice drawing curves (1) ...................................... 87
Exercise 62— Exporting models.................................................. 233
Exercise 27—Drawing free-form curves ........................................ 92
Exercise 63— Practice rendering a model .................................... 237
Exercise 28—Fillet...................................................................... 95
Exercise 64— Practice dimensioning............................................ 250
Exercise 29—Chamfer ...............................................................100
Exercise 65— Practice making a 2-D drawing for export ................ 253
Exercise 30—Practice with Fillet and Chamfer...............................102
Exercise 66— Practice printing ................................................... 255
Exercise 31—Move ....................................................................104
Exercise 67— Practice with options ............................................. 261
Exercise 32—Copy ....................................................................106
Exercise 68— Practice with document properties .......................... 265
Exercise 33—Rotate ..................................................................108
Exercise 69— Customizing a toolbar layout .................................. 267
Exercise 34—Grouping ..............................................................109
Exercise 35—Mirror ...................................................................110
Exercise 36—Join......................................................................111
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Part One:
Introduction
Notes:
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Before You Start
This course guide accompanies the Level 1 training sessions. Level 1 shows you how to produce 3-D
models using NURBS geometry.
In class, you will receive information at an accelerated pace. For best results, practice at a Rhino
workstation between class sessions, and consult your Rhino reference manual and the Help file for
additional information.
The Rhino for Windows Interface
Rhino uses NURBS for all curve
and surface geometry.
Duration:
3 days
Course Objectives
In Level 1, you learn how to:
• Utilize the features of the Rhino user interface
• Customize your modeling environment
• Create basic graphic objects—lines, circles, arcs, curves, solids, and surfaces
• Model with precision using coordinate input and object snaps
• Modify curves and surfaces with edit commands
• Use control point editing to modify curves and surfaces
• Analyze your model
• Display any portion of the model
• Export and import models to and from different file formats
• Render the model
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Rhino Basics
The Rhino for Windows Interface
Before learning individual tools, we will get acquainted with the Rhino interface. The following
exercises examine the interface elements used in Rhino: the Rhino window, viewports, menus,
toolbars, and dialog boxes.
There are many ways to access the commands in Rhino—the keyboard, menus, and toolbars. We will
focus on the toolbars in this class.
To open Rhino:
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Double-click the Rhino icon from the Windows desktop.
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The Rhino Screen
Rhino divides its window into six areas that supply information or prompt you for input.
Screen Area
Description
Menu Bar
Access commands, options, and help.
Command area
Lists prompts, commands you enter, and information displayed by the command.
Toolbars
Access shortcuts to commands and options.
Graphics area
Displays the open model. Several viewports can be displayed. The default viewport layout
displays four viewports ( Top, Front, Right, Perspective ).
Viewports
Displays different views of the model within the graphics area.
Status bar
Displays the coordinates of the pointer, the status of the model, options, and toggles.
Menu bar
Watch the command line to find
out what is happening.
Command
history window
Command
prompt
Standard
toolbar
Graphics area
World axes icon
Viewport title
Main1 and
Main2 toolbars
Status Bar
Rhino screen
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Menus
Most of the Rhino commands can be found in the menus.
Rhino View menu
Toolbars
Rhino toolbars contain buttons that provide shortcuts to commands. You can float a toolbar anywhere
on the screen, or dock it at the edge of the graphics area
Rhino starts up with the Standard toolbar docked above the graphics area and the Main1 and Main2
toolbars docked on the left.
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Tooltips
Tooltips tell what each button does. Move your pointer over a button without clicking it. A small yellow
tag with the name of the command appears. In Rhino, many buttons can execute two commands. The
tooltip indicates which buttons have dual functions.
Flyouts
A button on a toolbar may include other command buttons in a flyout toolbar. Usually the flyout
toolbar contains variations on the base command. After you select a button on the flyout, the flyout
disappears.
Buttons with flyouts are marked with a small white triangle in the lower right corner. To open the
flyout toolbar, hold down the left button for a moment or press both buttons at the same time.
The Lines toolbar is linked to the Main1 toolbar.
If you hold the left mouse down over the Line button of the Main1 toolbar, the flyout Lines toolbar
opens.
Graphics Area
The Rhino graphics area holding the viewports can be customized to suit your preferences. The
position of viewports can be arranged in different configurations.
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Viewports
Viewports are windows in the display area that show you views of your model. To move and resize
viewports, drag the viewport title or borders. You can create new viewports, rename viewports, and
use predefined viewport configurations. Each viewport has its own construction plane that the cursor
moves on and a projection mode.
To toggle between a small viewport and one that fills the graphics area, double-click the viewport title.
Rearranged Rhino screen. Command line at the bottom, single maximized viewport, and toolbars
docked in different locations.
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Command Area
The command area displays commands and command prompts. It can be docked at the top or the
bottom of the screen or it can float anywhere. The command window shows three lines by default. To
open a window that displays the command history, press F2. The text in the Command History window
can be selected and copied to the Windows clipboard.
The Mouse
In a Rhino viewport, the left mouse button selects objects and picks locations. The right mouse button
has several functions including panning and zooming, popping up a context-sensitive menu, and
acting the same as pressing the Enter key. Use the left mouse button to select objects in the model,
commands or options on the menus, and buttons in the toolbars. Use the right mouse button to
complete a command, to move between stages of commands, and to repeat the previous command.
The right mouse button is used to initiate commands from some toolbar buttons.
Drag with the right mouse button to pan and rotate in viewports. Use the mouse wheel or hold down
the Ctrl key and drag with the right mouse button to zoom in and out in a viewport. You must press
and hold the right mouse button down to activate this feature.
Entering Commands
Use the command line to type commands, pick command options, type coordinates, type distances,
angles, or radii, type shortcuts, and view command prompts.
To enter information typed at the command line, press Enter, Spacebar, or right mouse button over
a viewport.
Note: Enter and Spacebar perform the same function.
Shortcuts are customizable key combinations. You can program the function keys and Ctrl key
combinations to perform Rhino commands.
Clickable options
To use command options, click the option on the command line or type the underlined letter of the
option and press Enter. (The interior capitalization is meaningless.)
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Autocomplete command name
Type the first few letters of a command name to activate the autocomplete command list. When
enough letters of the command are typed so that it is unique, the command name completes on the
command line. Press Enter to activate the command once the full command name appears. As you
type command names, the autocomplete command list appears. As you type more letters, the list is
narrowed down to the possible commands. Left click on the command in the list to start it.
Repeating commands
To repeat the last command, right-click in a viewport, or press Enter or spacebar. To repeat previous
commands, right-click in the command line window and select from a list.
Canceling commands
To cancel a command, press Esc or enter a new command from a button or a menu.
Help
Press F1 at any time to access Rhino Help. In addition to finding information about each command,
Rhino help has conceptual information as well as many examples and graphics to help you complete
your model. When you are stalled for any reason, the first place you should look is the help file. You
can also access help for a specific command by starting the command and then press F1.
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View the Command Line History
The command line history window lists the last 500 command lines from the current Rhino session.
Press F2 to view the command history.
View Recent Commands
Right-click the command line to view recently used commands. To repeat the command, select it from
the popup menu.
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Exercise 1—Rhino basics
1
From the File menu, click Open.
2
In the Open dialog box, select First Model.3dm.
You will find this model in the Training folder. If you haven’t copied the files to your hard drive
from the Training folder on the Rhino CD, you should do this before you proceed.
Open
Two parallel viewports and one perspective viewport.
This model contains five objects: a cube, a cone, a cylinder, a sphere, and a rectangular plane.
You will not be able to select or move the plane. You will learn about how to do this later. It is just
there to provide you with a floor underneath the objects.
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From the View menu, click Viewport Layout, then click 4 Viewports.
Three parallel viewports and one perspective viewport
4
In the Status Bar, click Snap to turn on the grid snap.
Grid snap may already be on in your system. Be careful that you do not turn it off instead of on. If
grid snap is on, the word “Snap” will be black in the status bar. If it is off, the word “Snap” will be
gray.
Note: This is an important step. Grid snap only lets your cursor move in certain intervals. In this
model, by default grid snap is set to one half of a grid line. Grid snap helps you line up your
objects as if you were building with LEGO blocks.
5
Click the mouse in the Perspective viewport to make it active.
The viewport title highlights when it is active. The active viewport is the viewport where all your
commands and actions take place.
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Click with the Right Mouse Button (RMB) on the Perspective viewport title, then click Shaded
Display.
The objects appear shaded. Shaded display lets you preview the shapes. The viewport will remain
shaded until you change it back to a wireframe view. You can change any viewport to shaded
mode. Later we will discuss the other shaded display options.
Shaded display.
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From the Render menu, click Render.
Rendering the model opens a separate render window. The model displays in render colors
previously assigned to the objects. You can also set lights and a background color. You will learn
about doing this later. You cannot manipulate the view in the render display window but the image
can be saved to a file.
Render
Render.
8
Close the render window.
9
In the Perspective viewport, click and drag with your right mouse button held down to rotate the
view.
The plane helps you stay oriented. If the objects disappear, you are looking at the bottom of the
plane.
Rotate the view in shaded display.
10 Right click on the Perspective viewport title, then click Ghosted Display.
Ghosted shade display.
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11 Right click on the Perspective viewport title, then click X-ray Display.
X-Ray shaded display.
12 Right click on the Perspective viewport title, then click Rendered Display.
Rendered display.
13 Change to a Wireframe Display mode.
14 To rotate your view, drag from the bottom of the view toward the top.
Looking at the objects from the bottom in wireframe mode.
You are now under the objects looking up.
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15 Change to a Shaded Display mode.
The plane obscures the objects.
Looking at the objects from the bottom in shaded mode.
In shaded mode, the plane helps you see when your viewpoint is below the objects.
To get back to your original view:
`
Press the Home key to undo your view changes.
If you are “lost in space” in the perspective view:
`
From the View menu, click Viewport Layout, and then click 4 Viewports.
This takes you back to the default viewport settings.
Navigating Around the Model
You have used the right mouse button to rotate in the Perspective viewport. You can hold Shift and
drag with the right mouse button to pan. Dragging the right mouse button to move around does not
interrupt any commands in progress.
To pan in a viewport:
1
In the Top viewport, hold Shift and drag with the right mouse button to pan the view.
What if …
Instead of panning or rotating,
something funny happened.
If you right-click quickly once in
viewport, the last command
starts again. You must hold the
right mouse button down while
panning or rotating.
Panning with Shift and the right mouse button.
2
Pan the view in the other viewports.
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Zooming in and out
Sometimes you want to get closer to your objects or move back so you can see more. This is called
zooming. As with many things in Rhino, there are several ways to do this. The easiest way is to hold
down the Ctrl key and drag up and down in a viewport with the right mouse button. If you have a
mouse with a scroll button, turn the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.
To zoom in and out:
`
In the Top viewport, hold the Ctrl key, click and hold the right mouse button, and drag the mouse
up and down.
Drag up to zoom in.
Drag down to zoom out.
Zooming with ctrl and the right mouse button.
Zooming extents
The Zoom Extents command zooms a viewport so the objects fill up the viewport as much as possible.
You can use this command to make everything visible.
To zoom extents in a viewport:
`
From the View menu, click Zoom, and then click Extents.
Zoom Extents
Left click this button.
If you get lost, it is often handy to zoom extents in all your viewports at once, so there is a
command to do just that.
To zoom extents in all viewports:
`
Zoom Extents All Viewports
Right click this button
From the View menu, click Zoom, and then click Extents All.
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Move Objects
Dragging follows the construction plane of the current viewport.
Now drag the objects around. You can drag in any viewport. In this model, Snap is set to one-half of a
grid line. Using this snap, you should be able to line objects up with each other.
To move objects:
1
Click the cone and drag it.
The cone highlights to show it is selected.
The selected cone highlights.
2
Drag the cone in the Perspective viewport until it lines up with the cylinder.
It will be inside the cylinder.
The cone moves on the base that is represented by the grid. This base is called a construction
plane. Each viewport has its own construction plane. When you start Rhino, the Perspective
viewport has the same construction plane as the Top viewport. You will learn more about using
construction planes later.
Drag the cone to move it.
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3
In the Front viewport, drag the cone to the top of the cylinder.
Watch what happens in the Perspective viewport.
There are many times when you have to watch what is happening in other viewports to accurately
place your objects.
Move the cone in the Front viewport.
4
Click in the Perspective viewport.
5
Change the viewport to a Rendered Display.
Rendered Display.
Try on Your Own
1
Re-open the model. Do not save changes.
2
Drag the objects around.
Use the Front viewport to move the objects vertically and the Top or Perspective viewport to
move them horizontally.
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Copy Objects
To create more objects, copy the shapes.
To start with a new model:
1
From the File menu, click Open.
2
Do not save the changes.
3
In the Open dialog box, select First Model.3dm.
To copy objects:
1
Click the box to select it.
2
From the Transform menu, click Copy.
3
Copy
At the Point to copy from ( Vertical=No InPlace ) prompt, click somewhere in the Top viewport.
It usually helps to click a spot that relates to the object like the middle.
Select and copy the box.
4
At the Point to copy to prompt, click where you want the first copy.
Zoom in closer if you like.
5
At the next Point to copy to prompts, click other places to make more copies of the box.
Make three copies
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When you have enough copies, press Enter.
Shaded display.
Try on Your Own
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Make copies of more objects and move them around. See if you can build something.
Changing the View of Your Model
When you add detail to your models, you will need to see different parts of your model with different
magnifications. You can use the view commands, the mouse, and the keyboard to change the view in
a viewport.
Each view corresponds to the view through a camera lens. The invisible target of the camera is located
in the middle of the viewport.
Viewports
With Rhino, you can open an unlimited number of viewports. Each viewport has its own projection,
view, construction plane, and grid. If a command is active, a viewport becomes active when you move
the mouse over it. If a command is not active, you must click in the viewport to activate it.
Parallel vs. Perspective Projection
Unlike other modelers, Rhino lets you work in both parallel and perspective views.
To toggle a viewport between parallel and perspective view:
1
Right-click the viewport title, click Viewport Properties.
2
In the Viewport Properties dialog box, click Parallel or Perspective, and then click OK.
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Panning and Zooming
The simplest way to change the view is to hold down the Shift key and drag the mouse with right
mouse button held down. This pans the view. To zoom in and out, hold down the Ctrl key and drag up
and down or use the mouse wheel.
You can also use the keyboard to move around:
Key
Action
+ Ctrl
Left Arrow
Rotate left
Pan left
Right Arrow
Rotate right
Pan right
Up Arrow
Rotate up
Pan up
Down Arrow
Rotate down
Pan down
Page Up
Zoom in
Page Down
Zoom out
Home
Zoom previous
End
Zoom next
You can change your view in the middle of a command to see precisely where you want to select an
object or select a point.
Resetting Your View
If you get lost, four view techniques can help you get back to a starting place.
To undo and redo view changes:
`
Click in a viewport, then press your Home or End key on your keyboard to undo and redo view
changes.
To set your view so you are looking straight down on the construction plane:
`
From the View menu, click Set View, and then click Plan.
To bring all your objects into view:
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From the View menu, click Zoom, and then click Zoom Extents.
To bring all your objects into view in all viewports:
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From the View menu, click Zoom, and then click Extents All.
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Exercise 2—Display options
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Open the model Camera.3dm.
You will use this to practice changing views. You will create views from six directions including the
oblique perspective view.
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To change the number of viewports:
1
Make the Top viewport active.
2
From the View menu, click Viewport Layout, and then click Split Vertical.
3
Repeat this step for the other parallel views.
4
Right click on the Top viewport title on the left, click Set View, then click Bottom.
5
Right click on the Front viewport title on the left, click Set View, then click Left.
6
Right click on the Right viewport title on the right, click Set View, then click Back.
7
From the View menu, click Zoom, and then click Extents All.
Split Vertical
Bottom View
To synchronize the viewports:
1
Right click on the Front viewport title, click Zoom, and then click Synchronize Views.
Left View
Back View
Zoom Extents All
Synchronize Views
All the views are sized to the same scale as the active viewport and aligned with each other.
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To change the shape of viewports:
1
or
cursor, hold the left
Move your cursor to the edge of a viewport until you see the resizing
mouse button down, and drag the bar. If two viewports share the edge, both resize.
2
cursor, hold the left
Move your cursor to the corner of a viewport until you see the resizing
mouse, and drag the intersection in any direction. If several viewports touch at that corner, all
resize.
To zoom to a window:
1
From the View menu, click Zoom, and then click Window.
2
At the Drag a window to zoom ( All Dynamic Extents Factor In Out Selected Target ) prompt,
drag a window around a portion of the model.
Zoom Window
To zoom a selected object:
1
Select the shutter release.
2
From the View menu, click Zoom, and then click Selected.
The view zooms to the selected object.
Zoom Selected
To rotate the view:
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In a perspective viewport, drag with right mouse button.
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In a parallel viewport, use the arrow keys.
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To maximize and restore a viewport:
1
Double-click the viewport title to maximize it.
2
Double-click the title of the maximized viewport to restore it to its smaller size and reveal the
other viewports.
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Part Two:
Creating Geometry
Notes:
3
Creating Two-Dimensional
Objects
Drawing Lines
The Line, Lines, and Polyline commands draw straight lines. The Line command draws a single line
segment. The Lines command draws multiple end-to-end line segments. The Polyline command
draws a series of straight segments joined together (a single linear curve with multiple segments).
Exercise 3—Drawing lines
1
From the File menu, click New.
Do not save changes.
2
In the Template File dialog box, click Millimeters.3dm.
3
From the File menu, click Save As.
4
In the Save As dialog box, type Lines, and then click Save.
To draw line segments:
1
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Line Segments to begin the Lines command.
2
At the Start of line prompt, pick a point in a viewport.
3
At the End of line ( Undo ) prompt pick another point in a viewport.
A line segment appears between the two points.
4
Line Segments
Right-click for Line Segments
At the End of line. Press Enter when done ( Undo ) prompt, pick another point.
You can press the right button instead of pressing the Enter key on your keyboard to terminate
the command.
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At the End of line. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, continue to pick points.
Additional segments appear.
Each segment meets but is not joined to the previous segment.
6
Option
Description
Close
Closes the shape by drawing a segment from the last point picked to the first point picked. This
ends the command.
Undo
Deletes the last point picked.
At the End of line. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, press Enter to end the
command.
To use the Close option:
1
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Line Segments to begin the Lines command.
2
At the Start of line prompt, pick a point.
3
At the End of line ( Undo ) prompt pick another point.
4
At the End of line. … ( Undo ) prompt, pick another point.
5
At the End of line. … ( Close Undo ) prompt, click Close.
The last line will end at the original start point.
To draw a polyline:
1
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline to begin the Polyline command.
2
At the Start of polyline prompt, pick a point.
3
At the Next point of polyline ( Undo ) prompt pick another point.
4
At the Next point of polyline. … ( Undo ) prompt, pick another point.
5
At the Next point of polyline. … ( Close Undo ) prompt, continue to pick points.
Polyline
Left click for Polyline.
To use the Undo option:
1
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline to begin the Polyline command.
2
At the Start of polyline prompt, pick a point.
3
At the Next point of polyline ( Undo ) prompt pick another point.
4
At the Next point of polyline. … ( Undo ) prompt, pick another point.
5
At the Next point of polyline. … ( Close Undo ) prompt, click Undo.
One segment of the polyline is removed.
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At the Next point of polyline. …( Undo ) prompt, pick another point.
7
At the Next point of polyline. … ( Close Undo ) prompt, press Enter to end the command.
To draw a single line segment:
1
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Single Line to begin the Line command.
2
At the Start of line ( Normal Angled Vertical FourPoint Bisector Perpendicular Tangent Extend
BothSides ) prompt, pick a point.
3
At the End of line ( BothSides ) prompt, pick another point.
Single Line
The command ends after one segment is drawn.
To use the BothSides option:
1
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Single Line to begin the Line command.
2
At the Start of line ( Normal Angled Vertical FourPoint Bisector Perpendicular Tangent Extend
BothSides ) prompt, click BothSides.
3
At the Middle of line (Normal Angled Vertical FourPoint Bisector Perpendicular Tangent Extend )
prompt, pick a point.
4
At the End of line prompt, pick another point.
A segment is drawn with equal length on both sides of the start point.
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Drawing Free-form Curves
The InterpCrv and Curve commands draw free-form curves. The InterpCrv command draws a curve
through the points you pick. The Curve command uses control points to create a curve.
Exercise 4—Drawing interpolated curves
1
From the Curve menu, click Free-form, and then click Interpolate Points.
2
At the Start of curve ( Degree=3 Knots=SqrtChord StartTangent ) prompt, pick a point.
3
At the Next point of curve ( Degree=3 Knots=SqrtChord EndTangent Undo ) prompt, pick
another point.
4
At the next several Next point of curve ( Degree=3 Knots=SqrtChord EndTangent Close
Sharp=No Undo ) prompts, pick more points.
Interpolated Points
Or, click an option, and press Enter.
Option
Description
Close
Closes the shape by drawing a segment from the last point picked to the first point picked.
This ends the command.
EndTangent
After choosing a point on another curve, the next segment will be tangent to the point you
picked and end the command.
Undo
Deletes the last point picked.
Degree
You can set the degree of the curve.
Knots
Determines how the interpolated curve is parameterized.
When you draw an interpolated curve, the points you pick are converted into knot values on
the curve. The parameterization means how the intervals between knots are chosen:
Sharp
When you make a closed curve, it will come to a point instead of making a smooth closure as
it normally does.
Exercise 5—Drawing curves from control points
1
From the Curve menu, click Free-form, and then click Control Points.
2
At the Start of curve ( Degree=3 ) prompt, pick a point.
3
At the Next point ( Degree=3 Undo ) prompt, pick another point.
4
At the Next point ( Degree=3 Close Sharp=No Undo ) prompts, pick more points.
Or, click an option, and press Enter.
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Notice that most of the points you
pick are off the curve as control
points.
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Modeling Aids
Modes are modeling aids that you can toggle on or off by pressing shortcut keys, a function key,
typing a single letter command, or clicking a button.
Mode
Function
Key
Ortho
F8 or Shift
Description
Ortho on restricts cursor movement to the points at a specified angle from the last point
created. The default angle is 90 degrees.
Pressing and holding the Shift key down toggles Ortho. If Ortho is set to on, hold down
the Shift key to toggle Ortho off. If Ortho is off, hold down the Shift key to toggle Ortho on.
Grid
F7
Hides or shows a reference grid in the current viewport of the graphics screen at the
construction plane.
Snap
F9 or S
Forces the marker to snap on grid intersections.
Planar
P
This is a modeling aid similar to Ortho. This helps you model planar objects by forcing
input to be on a plane parallel to the construction plane that passes through the last point
that you picked.
Click the Snap, Ortho, and Planar panes on the status bar to toggle these modeling aids on and off.
Exercise 6—Drawing lines and curves using mode functions
1
Toggle Snap on and draw some lines.
The marker snaps to each grid intersection.
2
Toggle Snap off, toggle Ortho on and draw some lines and curves.
You can only input points that are at 90 degree intervals from the last point. Using Snap and
Ortho toggles you can draw with precision. We will discuss other ways to get precision in a later
session.
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Model Setup
In Rhino you can create full-size models using precise measurements. You might need to change the
modeling environment depending on the type of model you are creating; the default options may not
always work.
To change the options:
1
2
From the File menu, click Properties.
In the Document Properties dialog box, under Rhino Options, click Modeling Aids.
Modeling Aids lets you control Ortho, Object Snap, Grid Snap, and other mode options.
Document Properties
3
Change the Ortho option to snap every 30 degrees.
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In the Document Properties dialog box, click Grid.
5
In Grid properties, change the following settings.
You can change the appearance of the modeling environment by changing the grid elements. The
grid spacing, the frequency of the major lines, and the number of grid elements can be changed.
The Grid dialog box lets you configure grid settings.
6
Change the Grid Extents setting to 10.
7
Change the Minor grid lines every setting to 1.
8
Change the Major lines every setting to 4.
9
Change the Snap Spacing setting to .25, and click OK.
The value for Grid extents is for
each quadrant.
10 Draw some more lines and curves with Snap and Ortho on.
Notice that the marker now snaps between the grid intersections and that Ortho snaps at every
30 degrees.
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11 Try to draw the closed polyline below with Snap and Ortho turned on.
12 From the Tools menu, click Options.
13 In the Document Properties dialog box, click Modeling Aids.
14 Change the Ortho options to snap every 90 degrees.
Saving Your Work
Save your work periodically during a session to keep it from getting accidentally deleted.
To save your model:
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Save
From the File menu, click Save.
Or, click one of the other options. You will have an opportunity to save your work.
Command
Description
Save
Saves your model and keeps it open.
SaveSmall
Save your model without render or analysis meshes and preview image to minimize file
size.
IncrementalSave
Save sequentially numbered versions of your model.
SaveAs
Saves your model to a specified file name, location, and format.
SaveAsTemplate
Save as a template.
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model in stages under different
names, using the Save As
command. This lets you go back
to an earlier version of your
model for modifications if
necessary.
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Layers
Rhino layers work like CAD layering systems. By creating objects on different layers, you can edit and
view related portions of a model separately or as a composite. You can create as many layers as you
like.
You can display all layers simultaneously or turn any of them off. You can lock layers so they are
displayed but cannot be selected. Each layer has a color. You can assign a name to each layer (for
example, Base, Body, Top) to organize the model or you can use preset layer names (Default,
Layer 01, Layer 02, Layer 03).
The Layers window manages layers. Use it to set up layers for your model.
Exercise 7—Layers
To create a new layer:
1
From the Edit menu, click Layers, and then click Layers.
Layers
The Default layer is created automatically when you start a new model with no template. If you
use a standard Rhino template, a few additional layers are also created.
2
In the Layers window, click New.
3
The new Layer 06 appears in the list, type Line and press Enter.
4
Click New.
5
The new Layer 06 appears in the list, type Curve and press Enter.
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To assign a color to a layer:
1
Click the Color patch on the Line row in the list.
Hue is controlled by moving the
line around the circular portion of
the color wheel.
Hue is the color that is referred to
as a scale ranging from red
through yellow, green and blue
and then circularly back to red.
Saturation and Value are
controlled by moving the small
circle around in the square
portion in the middle of the color
wheel.
Saturation is the vividness of
hue. Value is the relative
lightness or darkness of a color.
2
In the Select Color dialog box, click Red from the list.
The right half of the sample rectangle turns red.
Hue, Sat, Val are the hue, saturation and value components of the color.
R, G, and B are the red, green and blue components of the color.
3
Click OK.
4
In the Layers window, the new color appears in the color bar on the Line row of the layer list.
5
Repeat steps 1–3 to make the Curve layer Blue.
6
Click OK to close the dialog box.
To make a layer current:
1
In the Status Bar, click the Layer pane.
2
In the Layer popup, click Line.
Clicking the name or the checkbox sets the current layer.
3
Draw some lines.
The lines are on the Line layer and they are colored red.
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To make a different layer current, click the Layer pane of the status bar.
5
Click Curve.
6
Draw some curves.
They are on the Curve layer and are colored blue.
7
Draw more lines and curves on each layer.
To lock a layer:
1
2
From the Edit menu, click Layers, and then click Layers.
In the Layers window, click the Lock icon in the row for Line, and click OK.
Locking a layer turns it into a reference only layer. You can see and snap to objects on locked
layers. You cannot select any objects on locked layers. You cannot make a locked layer current
without unlocking it.
To turn a layer off:
1
2
From the Edit menu, click Layers, and then click Layers.
In the Layers window, click the On/Off icon (light bulb) in the row for Curve, and click OK.
Turning a layer off makes all objects on it invisible.
Exercise 8—Selecting objects
To select a single object:
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Move your pointer arrow over the object and left-click.
The object turns yellow, which is the default highlight color.
To select more than one object:
1
Move your pointer arrow over the first object and left-click.
2
While holding the Shift key down, move your pointer over another object and left click.
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To select more than one object using a window:
1
Move your pointer arrow into an open area to the left of the objects you want to select.
2
Hold your left mouse button down and drag diagonally to the right until you have several objects
inside the selection box.
The window selection box is a solid rectangle
3
Release your mouse button.
All objects completely inside the selection box will be selected.
4
To add to your selection set, hold the Shift key down while making another selection.
To select more than one object using a crossing window:
1
Move your pointer arrow into an open area to right of the objects you want to select.
Hold your left mouse button down and drag diagonally to the left until you have several objects
inside or touching the box.
The crossing selection box is a dotted rectangle.
2
Release your mouse button.
All objects inside or touching the box will be selected.
3
To add to your selection set, hold the Shift key down while making another selection.
To hide an object:
1
Select an object.
2
From the Edit menu, click Visibility, and then click Hide.
Hide
Left click for hide.
The object becomes invisible.
To show hidden objects:
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From the Edit menu, click Visibility, and then click Show.
The Show command redisplays all hidden objects.
To lock an object:
1
2
Show
Right click this button.
Select an object.
From the Edit menu, click Visibility, and then click Lock.
The object becomes shaded gray. You can see the locked object, you can snap to it, but you
cannot select it.
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To unlock locked objects:
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From the Edit menu, click Visibility, and then click Unlock.
The Unlock command redisplays all locked objects.
To change an object from one layer to another:
1
Select an object.
2
From the Edit menu, click Layers, and then click Change Object Layer.
Unlock
Right-click for unlock.
Change Layer
3
In the Layer for object dialog box, select the new layer for the object, and click OK.
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Deleting Objects
Delete removes selected objects from the model. Use Delete to practice selection.
Exercise 9—Practice using delete and selection options
1
From the File menu, click Open.
2
In the Open dialog box click Delete.3dm and click Open, or double-click Delete.3dm to open
the model.
3
Select the square and the circle.
4
From the Edit menu, click Delete or press the Delete key.
The objects disappear.
To start the first practice:
1
Select one of the lines on the hexagon in the Top viewport.
Because there are several curves superimposed on each other, the selection menu appears,
allowing you to select one of the curves.
2
Select the top curve from the list.
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From the Edit menu, click Delete.
Observe one disappear in the Perspective viewport.
4
In the Top viewport, use a crossing box to select the surface and the polyline in the top right part
of the drawing.
Both objects are selected.
5
6
From the Edit menu, click Delete.
Make a window to select the polyline and the cylinder in the lower right part of the drawing.
Only those objects that are completely inside the window are selected.
7
From the Edit menu, click Delete.
8
Continue deleting objects in the drawing.
Practice using different selection methods to select and deselect objects. Use crossing and
window. The Shift key while selecting will let you add to your selection set. The Ctrl key while
selecting will let you to remove objects from your selection set.
Undo
Left click for undo.
To undo deletions:
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From the Edit menu, click Undo.
Each time you click, Undo takes you back one command.
To redo:
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From the Edit menu, click Redo.
Each time you click, the previous Undo is reinstated.
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Right-click for redo.
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Set the units and tolerance of the
model before you begin.
4
You can change the tolerance
after you start, but objects
created before the change still
have the old tolerance value.
Precision Modeling
So far you have been drawing imprecise lines. Now you will try drawing lines at specific places. To do
this you will use coordinates.
Whenever you draw a curve, or create a solid primitive, Rhino asks you for a series of points. You can
tell that Rhino is asking for point input two ways: the command prompt has a prompt like Start of
line, Start of polyline, Start of curve, or Next point and the arrow-shaped cursor turns into a
cross-shaped cursor.
Cross-shaped cursor
You can enter a point two ways: pick a point in a viewport with the mouse, or type coordinates at the
command line.
Rhino uses a fixed Cartesian coordinate system called the world coordinate system (WCS), based on
three axes (the x-, y-, and z-axes) that define locations in three-dimensional space.
Each viewport has a construction plane that defines coordinates for that viewport. We will work in the
Top and Perspective viewports where the two coordinate systems are the same.
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Absolute Coordinates
The first forms of coordinates you will use are called absolute coordinates. Absolute coordinates are
exact locations relative to the x-, y-, and z-axes.
Exercise 10Setting up a model
1
From the File menu, click New.
2
Click Millimeters.3dm, and then click Open.
3
From the File menu, click Save As.
Name the model BOXES.
Use the BOXES.3dm model to learn how to draw with absolute coordinates.
Exercise 11—Entering absolute coordinates
1
Double-click the viewport title to maximize the Top viewport,.
2
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline.
3
At the Start of polyline prompt, type 0,0 and press Enter.
4
At the Next point of polyline ( Undo ) prompt, type 5,0 and press Enter.
5
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Undo ) prompt, type 5,5 and press
Enter.
6
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, type 0,5 and press
Enter.
7
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, click Close to close
the polyline.
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Polyline
Left click for Polyline.
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Relative Coordinates
Absolute coordinates can be slow and cumbersome, but they do work. Most of the time, relative
coordinates are easier to use. Every time you select a point, Rhino saves that point as the last point.
Relative coordinates are based on the last point entered, instead of on the origin (0,0,0) of the
construction plane.
Precede the x,y,z coordinates with a single R to enter relative coordinates.
Exercise 12—Entering relative coordinates
1
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline.
2
At the Start of polyline prompt, type 8,0 and press Enter.
3
At the Next point of polyline ( Undo ) prompt, type R5,0 and press Enter.
These are absolute coordinates.
4
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Undo ) prompt, type R0,5 and press
Enter.
These are relative coordinates.
5
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, type R-5,0 and
press Enter.
6
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, click Close to close
the polyline.
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Polar Coordinates
Polar coordinates specify a point that is a distance and direction away from 0,0 in the current
construction plane. For example, if you want a point four units away from the construction plane
origin, at a 45° angle clockwise from the construction plane x-axis, type 4<45, and press Enter.
Relative polar coordinates are preceded by R; absolute polar coordinates are not. Instead of using x-,
y-, and z-coordinates, enter relative polar coordinates like this: Rdistance<angle.
Exercise 13—Entering polar coordinates
1
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline.
2
At the Start of polyline prompt, type 0,8 and press Enter.
3
At the Next point of polyline ( Undo ) prompt, type R5<0 and press Enter.
4
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Undo ) prompt, type R5<90 and press
Enter.
5
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, type R5<180 and
press Enter.
6
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, click Close to close
the polyline.
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Distance and Angle Constraint Entry
Using distance constraint entry, you can specify a point by typing a distance and pressing Enter. Then
as you move your cursor in any direction, the distance from the last point will be constrained. This is a
good way to specify a line length quickly.
Using angle constraint entry, you can specify an angle by typing < followed by a value and pressing
Enter. The next point is constrained to lines at multiples of the angle relative to the x-axis you
specified.
Using the Shift key to toggle Ortho on and off:
When Ortho is off you can hold the Shift key down to toggle it on. This method is an efficient way to
draw perpendicular lines. In the following example, draw a line 5 units long using distance constraints.
Exercise 14—Distance constraint entry
1
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline.
2
At the Start of polyline prompt, type 8,8 and press Enter.
3
At the Next point of polyline ( Undo ) prompt, type 5 and press Enter.
4
Hold the Shift key down and pick a point to the right.
Ortho constrains the cursor to 0 degrees.
Distance constraining value 5
5
6
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Undo ) prompt, type 5 and press Enter.
Hold the Shift key down and pick a point up.
Ortho constrains the cursor to 90 degrees
7
8
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, type 5 and press
Enter.
Hold the Shift key down and pick a point to the left.
Ortho constrains the cursor to 180 degrees.
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At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, click Close to close
the polyline.
Exercise 15—Distance and angle constraint entry
1
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline.
2
At the Start of polyline prompt, type 16,5 and press Enter.
3
At the Next point of polyline ( Undo ) prompt, type 5 and press Enter, then type <45 and
press Enter.
As you drag your cursor around the marker snaps to a distance of 5 and an angle of 45 degrees.
4
Pick a point down and to the right.
The angle constraint sets the angle.
Angle constraint value 30
5
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Undo ) prompt, type 5 and press Enter,
then type <45 and press Enter.
6
Pick a point up and to the right.
The angle constraint sets the angle.
7
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, type 5 and press
Enter, then type <45 and press Enter.
8
Pick a point up and to the left.
The angle constraint sets the angle.
9
At the Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ) prompt, click Close to close
the polyline.
10 Save your model. You will use this model for another exercise.
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Exercise 16—Practice using distance and constraint entry
1
Start a new model. Save as Arrow.
2
Draw the arrow with a polyline, using a combination of absolute coordinates (x,y), relative
coordinates (Rx,y), polar coordinates (Rdistance<angle), and distance constraint.
Begin your model at -11,0. The following is an example of the command line input that you might
use:
Next point of polyline ( Undo ): r-2,-2
Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Undo ): r8,0
Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ): r1,1
Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ): r11<0
Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ): r0,-1
Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ): r6,2
Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ): r-6,2
Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ): r0,-1
Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ): r11<180
Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ): r-1,1
Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ): r8<180
Next point of polyline. Press Enter when done ( Close Undo ): c
3
Save your model.
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To make it 3-D:
1
Select the polyline (1).
2
From the Surface menu and click Revolve.
3
Toggle Snap on.
Revolve
4
At the Start of revolve axis prompt, select the end of the arrow along the centerline (2).
5
At the End of revolve axis prompt, select the other end of the arrow (3) along the centerline.
6
In the Revolve Options dialog box, click OK.
Your arrow is now a three-dimensional model.
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Viewports
Viewports are windows in the Rhino graphics area that show you a view of your model. To move and
resize viewports, drag the viewport title or borders. The cursor moves along a construction plane,
which is defined for each viewport. You can create new viewports, rename viewports, and use
predefined viewport configurations. To activate a viewport click anywhere in the viewport and the title
highlights. If you are in a command sequence, you simply have to move your cursor into a viewport to
activate it.
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Construction planes
The construction plane is the guide used for modeling Rhino objects. Points you pick are always on the
construction plane unless you use coordinate input, elevator mode, or object snaps.
Each construction plane has its own axes, a grid, and an orientation relative to the world coordinate
system.
Default construction planes are provided with the default viewports.
• The Top construction plane x- and y-axes align with the world x- and y-axes.
• The Right construction plane x- and y-axes align with the world y- and z-axes.
• The Front construction plane x- and y-axes align with the world x- and z-axes.
• The Perspective viewport uses the Top construction plane.
Each construction plane has a grid. The grid is a plane of perpendicular lines lying on the construction
plane. On default grids, every fifth line is slightly thicker. The red line represents the construction
plane x-axis. The green line represents the construction plane y-axis. The red and green lines meet at
the construction plane origin.
The red and green axes on the grid are the x- and y-axes of that viewport’s construction plane. The
construction plane axes happen to be lined up with world axes when you first start Rhino, so it is
confusing in the front and side viewports where the y-axis of the construction plane happens to be
pointing up in the world z- direction. The icon in the left hand corner always shows world coordinates,
which are different from the construction plane axes.
Exercise 17—Modeling in 3-D space
Rhino makes it easy to draw in 3-D space. You can draw on a different construction plane by simply
moving your cursor into a different viewport. Another useful tool for modeling in 3-D space is
elevator mode.
In the following exercise we will draw in different viewports and use elevator mode to move some
points in 3-D space.
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You will use Snap and Ortho to draw in different viewports.
1
Open the model Chair.3dm.
The model units are centimeters.
2
Toggle Planar and Snap on. Toggle Ortho on as needed.
3
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline.
4
Move your cursor into the Front viewport.
5
At the Start of polyline prompt, type 0,0 and press Enter.
6
At the Next point of polyline prompt, use coordinate input to draw the first part of the chair
frame.
7
At the Next point of polyline prompt, move your cursor to the Right viewport to draw a
horizontal line.
8
At the Next point of polyline prompt, move your cursor to the Front viewport hold down the
Ctrl key, and pick the point at the lower end of the diagonal line.
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Holding the Ctrl key while clicking with the left mouse button activates elevator mode
Elevator mode lets you pick points that are off the construction plane. Elevator mode requires
two point picks to completely define the point. The first specifies the base point. The second
specifies how far the final point is above or below the base point.
After the base point is specified, the marker is constrained to a tracking line perpendicular to the
construction plane that passes through the base point.
Pick a second point to specify the coordinate of the desired point. You can pick a point with the
mouse, or type a single number to specify the height above the construction plane. Positive
numbers are above the construction plane; negative numbers are below.
9
At the Next point of polyline prompt, release the Ctrl key, move your cursor to the Right
viewport and adjust the point until it lines up with the other part of the chair, and pick.
10 At the Next point of polyline prompt, continue drawing the rest of the chair frame.
11 At the Next point of polyline prompt, on the next to the last segment you will have to use
elevator mode again.
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12 At the Next point of polyline prompt, click Close.
We now want to draw along the chair back, so we will change the construction plane.
To change the construction plane:
1
On the Status Bar, click Osnap, and check End.
2
From the View menu, click Set CPlane, then click 3 Points.
3
At the CPlane origin prompt, move your cursor to the Perspective viewport, and pick the vertex
(1) at the back of the chair.
4
5
Set CPlane: 3 Points
At the X axis direction prompt, pick the vertex (2) at the other side of the back.
At the CPlane orientation prompt, pick the vertex (3) at the top of the chair.
The construction plane is now aligned with the back of the chair.
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Draw some lines on the new construction plane.
To make it solid:
1
Select the chair frame.
2
From the Solid menu, click Pipe.
3
At the Radius for closed pipe <1> ( Diameter ) prompt, type 3 and press Enter.
The chair has a solid frame.
4
Pipe
Save the model.
On your own:
Try some variations and add some features.
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Exercise 18—Practice using distance and angle constraints
1
Start a new model using the Millimeters template. Save as V-Block.
2
Double-click the viewport title in the Front viewport to maximize it.
Create the following model in the front construction plane.
3
Draw the object below using a combination of absolute coordinates (x,y), relative coordinates
(rx,y), and relative polar coordinates (rdistance<angle).
4
Start your model at 0,0 in the Front viewport.
Try to create the model using a single polyline.
5
Double-click the viewport title of the Front viewport to restore your views.
6
Select the polyline.
7
From the Solid menu, click Extrude Planar Curve.
8
At the Extrusion distance <1> ( Direction Cap=Yes BothSides Tapered ) prompt, type 60 and
press Enter.
You can view the model as a three-dimensional object in the Perspective viewport.
9
Extrude Planar Curve
Save your model.
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Object Snaps
Object Snaps are tools for specifying points on existing objects. Use them for precision modeling and
to get accurate data. Object snaps are often referred to as osnaps. In Rhino, reliable modeling and
easy editing depends on objects actually meeting at specified points. Objects snaps give you precision
you cannot get using the “eyeball” method
To open the Osnap toolbar
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Click the Osnap pane in the status bar.
This toolbar controls persistent object snaps. Use persistent objects snaps to maintain an object snap
through choosing several points without having to reactivate the object snap.
When an object snap is active, moving the cursor near an eligible point on an object causes the
marker to jump to that point and a tooltip to appear.
Check a box to turn on the object snap. You can place the toolbar anywhere on your desktop.
Command
Button
Description
End
End snaps to the end of a curve, surface edge or polyline segment.
Near
Near snaps to the nearest point on an existing curve or surface edge.
Point
Point snaps to a control point or point object.
Mid
Midpoint snaps to the midpoint of a curve or surface edge.
Cen
Center snaps to the center point of a curve. This works best with circles and arcs. With
other curves, you will snap to the center points of circles based on the curvature at any
given point.
Int
Intersection snaps to the intersection of two curves.
Perp
Perpendicular To snaps to the point on a curve that makes a perpendicular to the last
selected point. Works only when you are selecting a series of points.
Tan
Tangent To snaps to the point on a curve that makes a tangent to the last selected
point. This only works when you are selecting a series of points.
Quad
Quad snaps to the quadrant point. The quadrant point is the maximum or minimum
direction on a curve in the x or y construction plane direction.
Knot
Knot snaps to knot points on curves or surface edges.
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Command
Button
Description
Project
Projects the snap point to the construction plane.
Disable
Temporarily turns off running object snaps, retaining settings
Exercise 19—Using object snaps
1
Open the model Osnap.3dm.
2
Toggle Snap and Ortho off.
Using End and Midpoint object snaps:
1
Click the Osnap pane on the status bar.
You can leave the Osnap toolbar displayed.
Osnap bar with End and Mid on.
2
Check End and Mid.
You can check and clear individual object snaps to make modeling with precision easy.
3
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline.
4
At the Start of polyline prompt, move your cursor close to the end of the line at the lower left
corner of the first square and pick when the marker snaps to the end of the line.
5
Pick points to draw the polyline.
The line starts exactly at that corner.
6
At the Next point of polyline prompt, snap to the midpoint of the right vertical edge of the
second square.
The marker snaps to the midpoint of the line that the cursor touches, making the new line cross to
the exact midpoint of that side.
7
Pick to draw the polyline.
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At the Next point of polyline prompt, snap to the end at the upper left corner of the first box.
The marker snaps to the end of the line.
9
Pick to draw the polyline, and press Enter.
Using Near and Perpendicular to object snaps:
1
In the Osnap toolbar check Near and Perp, clear End and Mid.
2
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline.
3
At the Start of polyline prompt, pick on the lower edge the circle at the top right.
The marker snaps to the point on the circle nearest to where the cursor is positioned.
4
At the Next point of polyline prompt, pick the top horizontal edge of the second square.
The marker snaps to a point making a perpendicular to the previous point.
5
Pick to draw the polyline, and press Enter.
Using Intersection and Tangent to object snaps:
1
In the Osnap toolbar check Int and Tan; clear Near and Perp.
2
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline.
3
At the Start of polyline prompt, pick the intersection where the diagonal line crosses the vertical
line on the first square.
The marker snaps to the intersection between the two lines.
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At the Next point of polyline prompt, pick the top, left edge of the circle on the right.
The marker snaps to a point tangent to the circle.
5
Pick to draw the polyline segment, and press Enter.
Using Center of object snap:
1
In the Osnap toolbar check Cen, clear Int and Tan.
2
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline.
3
At the Start of polyline prompt, pick on the edge of a circle.
The marker snaps to the center of the circle.
4
At the Next point of polyline prompt, pick on the edge of the other circle.
The marker snaps to the center of the circle.
5
Pick to draw the polyline segment, and press Enter.
Using Quadrant of object snap:
1
In the Osnap toolbar check Quad, clear Cen.
2
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Polyline.
3
At the Start of polyline prompt, pick a point on the top edge of the first circle.
The marker snaps to the quadrant point of the circle.
4
At the Next point of polyline prompt, pick the left edge of the circle.
The marker snaps to the quadrant point of the circle.
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At the Next point of polyline prompt, pick the bottom edge of the circle.
6
At the Next point of polyline prompt, pick the right edge of the circle.
7
At the Next point of polyline prompt, click Close.
Analysis Commands
Rhino provides analysis tools for finding lengths, angles, areas, distances, and the volume and
centroid of solids. Additional commands let you analyze curve curvature, determine continuity
between curves, and find unjoined edges.
Command
Description
Distance
Displays the distance between two points.
Length
Displays the length of an object.
Angle
Displays the angle between two lines.
Radius
Measures the radius of curvature of a curve, circle, or arc at the point where you pick the curve
and displays it on the command line.
EvaluatePt
The Cartesian coordinates of the point, in both world and construction plane coordinates are
displayed on the command line in x,y,z format.
To find the distance between two points:
1
From the Analyze menu, click Measure Distance.
2
At the First point for distance prompt, pick the intersection where a diagonal line intersects a
vertical line.
3
At the Second point for distance prompt, pick the intersection where the other diagonal line
intersects the same vertical line.
Distance
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Press F2 to display the information.
CPlane angles and deltas: xy = 90 elevation = 0 dx = 0 dy = 3.077 dz = 0
World angles and deltas:
xy = 90 elevation = 0 dx = 0 dy = 3.077 dz = 0
Distance = 3.077 millimeters
To find the length of a line:
1
From the Analyze menu, click Measure Length.
2
At the Select Curve to measure prompt, select the line between the centers of the circles.
Length
Length = 8.000 millimeters
To measure the angle between two lines:
1
From the Analyze menu, click Measure Angle.
2
At the Start of line prompt, select a point that defines the start of an angle line.
3
At the End of first line prompt, select a point that defines the end of an angle line.
Angle
Use object snaps as appropriate.
4
At the Start of second line prompt, select a point that defines the beginning of the second
angle line.
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At the End of second line prompt, select a point that defines the end of the second angle line.
The angle displays on the command line in the following format:
Angle is 21.7711 degrees
To measure the radius of a circle:
1
From the Analyze menu, click Measure Radius.
2
At the Select point on curve for radius measurement prompt, select one of the circles.
This also measures a radius on a curve.
Radius
The radius displays on the command line in the following format:
Radius at pick point is 2.5
To evaluate a point:
1
From the Analyze menu, click Analyze Point.
2
At the Point to evaluate prompt, snap to the end point of one of the squares.
Point
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The x,y,z point is displayed for the world coordinate plane and the current construction plane.
Point in world coordinates = 8.000,5.000,0 CPlane coordinates = 8.000,5.000,0
Drawing Circles
You can create circles using a center point and radius, center point and a diameter, two points on the
diameter, three points on the circumference, and tangent points to two coplanar curves and a radius.
Button
Command
Description
Circle
Draw a circle using the center and radius.
Circle 3Point
Draw a circle through three points on its circumference
Circle Diameter
Draw a circle using two diameter points.
Circle Tangent
Draw a circle tangent to two or three curves.
Circle AroundCurve
Draw a circle perpendicular to a curve at the chosen point.
Circle options
Option
Description
Deformable
Draws an approximation of a circle with a defined number of control points..
Vertical
Draw a circle perpendicular to the construction plane.
Exercise 20—Drawing circles
To draw a center, radius circle:
1
From the Curve menu, click Circle.
2
At the Center of circle ( Deformable Vertical 2Point 3Point Tangent AroundCurve ) prompt, type
20,10 and press Enter.
3
At the Radius <1> ( Diameter ) prompt, type 3 and press Enter.
Circle
A circle is created.
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To draw a center, diameter circle:
1
From the Curve menu, click Circle.
2
At the Center of circle ( Deformable Vertical 2Point 3Point Tangent AroundCurve ) prompt, type
20,3 and press Enter.
3
At the Radius <3> ( Diameter ) prompt, click Diameter.
4
At the Diameter <6.00> ( Radius ) prompt, type 5 and press Enter.
A circle is created that is based on a center point and a diameter. The Diameter option will be the
default until you change it.
To draw a 3-point circle:
1
From the Curve menu, click Circle.
2
At the Center of circle ( Deformable Vertical 2Point 3Point Tangent AroundCurve ) prompt, click
3Point.
3
At the First point on circle prompt, snap to an End on one of the squares.
4
At the Second point on circle prompt, snap to another vertex on the same square.
5
Circle 3Pt
At the Third point on circle prompt, snap to a third vertex on the other square.
A circle is created with a circumference that intersects the three ends you picked.
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To draw a diameter circle:
1
From the Curve menu, click Circle.
2
At the Center of circle ( Deformable Vertical 2Point 3Point Tangent AroundCurve ) prompt, click
2Point.
3
At the First point on circle prompt, pick a point on the screen.
4
At the Second point on circle prompt, type 3 and press Enter, then turn Ortho on and pick to
the right.
Circle Diameter
A circle is created with the two points you picked as the diameter, and the diameter was
constrained to a value of 3.
To draw a tangent, tangent, radius circle:
1
From the Curve menu, click Circle.
2
At the Center of circle ( Deformable Vertical 2Point 3Point Tangent AroundCurve ) prompt, click
Tangent.
3
At the First point ( Point ) prompt, select the circle you just created near the top edge.
4
At the Second point or radius <5> ( Point FromFirstPoint ) prompt, type 2 and press Enter.
5
At the Second point or radius <2> ( Point FromFirstPoint ) prompt, pick the other circle.
Circle Tangent, Tangent, Radius
A circle is created that is tangent to the two circles you selected with a radius of 2.
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To draw a tangent, tangent, tangent circle:
1
From the Curve menu, click Circle.
2
At the Center of circle ( Deformable Vertical 2Point 3Point Tangent AroundCurve ) prompt, click
Tangent.
3
At the First point ( Point ) prompt, select a circle you created.
4
At the Second point or radius <2> ( Point FromFirstPoint ) prompt, select another circle or line.
5
Circle Tangent to 3 Curves
At the Third point ( Point ) prompt, pick another piece of geometry.
A circle is created that is tangent to the three pieces of geometry that you selected.
To draw a circle vertical to the construction plane:
1
From the Curve menu, click Circle.
2
At the Center of circle ( Deformable Vertical 2Point 3Point Tangent AroundCurve ) prompt, click
Vertical.
3
At the Center of circle ( 2Point ) prompt, pick a point.
4
At the Radius <4> ( Diameter ) prompt, type 3 and press Enter.
The circle is drawn perpendicular to the construction plane. You will be able to see it in the one of
the other viewports.
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To draw a circle around a curve:
1
From the Curve menu, click Circle.
2
At the Center of circle ( Deformable Vertical 2Point 3Point Tangent AroundCurve ) prompt, click
AroundCurve.
3
At the Center of circle prompt, pick a point.
4
At the Radius <2> ( Radius ) prompt, click Radius.
5
At the Radius <2> ( Diameter ) prompt, type 1 and press Enter.
The circle is drawn perpendicular to the curve at the point you picked. You will be able to see it in
the Perspective viewport.
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Exercise 21—Practice drawing circles
1
Start a new model. Save as Circles.
2
From the Edit menu, click Layers, and then click Edit.
3
In the Layers window, click the New icon three times.
4
Rename the new layers Box, Line, Circle.
5
Change the color of the Box layer to green, Line to cyan, and Circle to red.
6
Draw the lines and circles on the appropriate layers.
Use Line Segments for the box and Single Line for the centerlines. You will use several of the
circle options and object snaps to complete this model.
10.00
20.00
Circle TTR
15.00
Circle
7.50
Circle 2P
All circles R2.0
To make it 3-D:
1
Select the lines that form the rectangle.
2
From the Surface menu, click Extrude.
3
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=No Mode=Straight ) prompt, click Cap.
4
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=Yes Mode=Straight ) prompt, type 2 and press
Enter.
The rectangle generates a box.
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5
Select the circles.
6
From the Surface menu, click Extrude.
7
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=Yes Mode=Straight ) prompt, type -6 and press
Enter.
8
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=Yes Mode=Straight ) prompt, drag the mouse in
the Front view and click.
The circles generate cylinders.
Exercise 22—Using circle-related object snaps
1
Start a new model. Save as Link.
2
Complete the model as shown.
3
Draw the three large circles first.
4
Draw the small holes next.
Use object snaps to snap to the centers of the large circles.
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To draw the tangent lines:
1
From the Curve menu, click Lines, and then click Single Line.
2
At the Start of line ( Normal Angled Vertical FourPoint Bisector Perpendicular Tangent Extend
BothSides ) prompt, click Tangent.
3
At the Start of line prompt, pick on the edge of one of the circles near where you want the
tangent line to attach.
4
At the End of line prompt, pick on the edge of another circle it will find the tangent points for
you.
5
Continue to use this command to complete the model.
6
Save your model.
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Drawing Arcs
You can create arcs using various points on the arc and construction geometry.
You can continue an existing curve with an arc to an existing curve to a point or by an angle.
Button
Command
Description
Arc
Draw an arc from the center, start, and angle.
Arc 3Points
Draw an arc from three points.
Arc Start, End, Direction
Draw an arc from start point, end point, and the direction from the
start point. The direction can be entered after the start point is
entered or after the end point is entered.
Arc Tangent, Tangent,
ThroughPoint
Creates an arc from tangents and radius.
Arc Start End Radius
Creates an arc from start point, end point, and radius.
Convert Output=arcs
Converts a curve to arc segments that are joined together.
CurveThroughPt
Convert Output=arcs
Creates an interpolated curve through selected points and then
converts the curve to arc segments.
Arc options
Option
Description
Deformable
Creates uniform cubic splines. You can enter the number of control points..
Extension
Extend a curve with an arc.
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Exercise 23—Practice drawing arcs (1)
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Open the model Arc1.3dm.
ARC: EXTENSION
ARC: EXTENSION
To draw a center, start, end or angle arc:
1
From the Curve menu, click Arc.
2
At the Center of arc ( Deformable StartPoint Tangent Extension ) prompt, snap to the center of
the circle at the lower left.
3
At the Start or arc prompt, snap to the end of the line.
4
At the End of arc prompt, snap to the end of the other line.
Arc
To draw a start, end, direction arc:
1
From the Curve menu, click Arc, and then click Start, End, Direction.
2
At the Start of arc ( Deformable ) prompt, pick a start point.
3
At the End of arc ( Direction ThroughPoint ) prompt, pick an end point.
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At the Direction at start prompt, toggle Ortho on and drag straight up for the tangent at the
start point and pick.
5
Make another Direction Arc at the upper right.
To add more arc segments:
1
From the Curve menu, click Arc.
2
At the Center of arc ( Deformable StartPoint Tangent Extension ) prompt, type E and press
Enter.
3
At the Select curve near end prompt, pick near the end of the arc you just made.
4
At the End of arc ( Center ) prompt, type and press Enter.
5
At the End of arc ( Center ) prompt, with Ortho on pick a point below the first point.
The arc will be tangent to the curve you chose.
6
From the Curve menu, click Arc.
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At the Center of arc (Deformable StartPoint Tangent Extension ) prompt, type E and press
Enter.
8
At the Select curve near end prompt, pick near the end of the arc you just made.
9
At the End of arc ( Center ) prompt, snap to the end of the line.
To draw a tangent, tangent, radius arc:
1
From the Curve menu, click Arc, and then click Tangent, Tangent, Radius.
2
At the First tangent curve ( Point ) prompt, pick the lower right side of the top circle.
3
At the Second tangent curve or radius <1> ( Point FromFirstPoint ) prompt, type 3 and press
Enter.
4
At the Second tangent curve or radius <3> ( Point FromFirstPoint ) prompt, pick the upper
right side of the lower circle.
5
At the Choose arc prompt, move your cursor and pick when the correct arc is displayed.
6
From the Curve menu, click Arc, and then click Tangent, Tangent, Radius.
7
At the First tangent curve ( Point ) prompt, pick the upper left side of the top circle.
8
At the Second tangent curve or radius <1> ( Point FromFirstPoint ) prompt, type 6 and press
Enter.
9
At the Second tangent curve or radius <6> ( Point FromFirstPoint ) prompt, pick the lower left
side of the lower circle.
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10 At the Choose arc prompt, move your cursor and pick when the correct arc is displayed.
11 Save your model.
Exercise 24—Practice drawing arcs (2)
Draw construction centerlines first: use their intersection point to draw your arcs and circles.
1
Start a new model. Save as Arc2.
2
Create this model using object snaps and the Line, Circle, and Arc commands.
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To make it solid:
1
Select the curves.
2
From the Surface menu, click Extrude.
3
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=No Mode=Straight ) prompt, click Cap.
4
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=Yes Mode=Straight ) prompt, type 1 and press
Enter.
The curves have been extruded and capped.
Drawing Ellipses and Polygons
You can draw ellipses from the center or by the ends. You can draw polygons from a center point or
an edge. You can draw a rectangle from diagonal corners or by choosing three points.
Ellipses
Button
Command
Description
Ellipse
Draw an ellipse by specifying the center point and axis ends.
Ellipse Diameter
Draw an ellipse by specifying the axis ends.
Ellipse FromFoci
Draw the ellipse from the focus points
AroundCurve
Draw an ellipse whose axis is perpendicular to a curve.
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Polygons
Button
Command
Description
Polygon
Creates a polygon from its center and radius.
Polygon Edge
Draw a polygon by specifying the ends of one edge.
Polygon Star
Draw a star from a polygon.
Polygon options
Option
Description
NumSides
Specify the number of sides for the polygon.
Circumscribed
Draw a polygon that is circumscribed about a radius. The default is to draw a polygon that is
inscribed in a specified radius.
Rectangles
Button
Command
Description
Rectangle
Draw a rectangle using opposite corners.
Rectangle Center
Draw a rectangle from center and a corner.
3Point
Draw a rectangle through three points.
Vertical
Draw a rectangle that is perpendicular to the construction plane.
Rounded
Create a rectangle with rounded corners (arc or conic).
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Exercise 25—Practice drawing ellipses and polygons
Start a new model. Save as Toy.
R1.0
10.0
9.0
10.0
8.0
R0.5
RADIUS 1.5 FOR
ALL POLYGONS
5.0
8.0
14.0
18.0
19.0
20.0
To draw a rectangle from diagonal corners:
1
From the Curve menu, click Rectangle.
2
At the First corner of rectangle ( 3Point Vertical Center Rounded ) prompt, type -10,-5 and
press Enter.
3
At the Other corner or length prompt, type 20 and press Enter.
4
At the Width prompt, type 10 and press Enter.
Rectangle
Draw rectangles from a center point with a length and width, and rounded corners:
1
From the Curve menu, click Rectangle, and then click Center, Corner.
2
At the Center of rectangle ( Rounded ) prompt, type R, and press Enter to give the rectangle
rounded corners.
3
At the Center of rectangle prompt, type 0,0 and press Enter.
4
At the Corner or length prompt, type 19 and press Enter.
5
At the Width prompt, type 9 and press Enter.
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At the Rho or point for conic corner to pass through <1> ( Corner=Arc ) prompt type 1, and
press Enter.
If you are creating a rounded rectangle, select a point in the corner to set its curvature.
Or, type C, and press Enter to toggle from circular rounded corners to conic rounded corners.
7
Repeat these steps for a second rounded rectangle with a length of 18 and a width of 8 with .5
radius corners.
To draw an ellipse from its center and axis ends:
1
From the Curve menu, click Ellipse, and then click From Center.
2
At the Center of ellipse ( Corner Diameter FromFoci AroundCurve ) prompt, type 0,0 and press
Enter.
3
At the End of First axis ( Corner ) prompt, type 4, and press Enter.
4
At the End of First axis ( Corner ) prompt, toggle Ortho on and pick to the right.
5
At the End of Second axis prompt, type 3, and press Enter.
6
At the End of second axis prompt, pick a point.
Ellipse
To draw a polygon from its center and radius:
1
From the Curve menu, click Polygon, and then click Center, Radius.
2
At the Center of inscribed polygon ( NumSides=4 Circumscribed Edge Star Vertical
AroundCurve ) prompt, type 3 and press enter to change the number of sides for the polygon.
3
At the Center of inscribed polygon ( NumSides=3 Circumscribed Edge Star Vertical
AroundCurve ) prompt, type -7,-2 and press enter to locate the center point for the polygon.
4
At the Corner of polygon ( NumSides=3 ) prompt, type 1.5, and press Enter.
5
At the Corner of polygon ( NumSides=3 ) prompt, pick a point to orient the polygon.
6
Continue drawing the rest of the polygons. Use the same radius for each one.
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To make the rounded rectangles solid:
1
Select the larger rounded rectangle.
2
From the Surface menu, click Extrude.
3
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=No Mode=Straight ) prompt, click Cap.
4
At the Distance … prompt, drag it down to set the thickness and click.
5
Select the smaller rounded rectangle.
6
From the Surface menu, click Extrude.
7
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=Yes Mode=Straight ) prompt, click Cap.
8
At the Distance … prompt, drag it down until it is slightly above the previous solid and click.
To make the rounded rectangle hollow:
1
Select the outer rounded rectangle.
2
From the Solid menu, click Difference.
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At the Select second set of surfaces or polysurfaces. … prompt, select inner rounded
rectangle, and press Enter.
To make the rectangle solid:
1
Select the rectangle.
2
From the Surface menu, click Extrude.
3
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=Yes Mode=Straight ) prompt, click Cap.
4
At the Distance … prompt, drag it up to set the thickness and click.
To make the ellipse solid:
1
Select the ellipse.
2
From the Surface menu, click Extrude.
3
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap= Yes Mode=Straight ) prompt, click Cap.
4
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap= Yes Mode=Straight ) prompt, click Bothsides.
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At the Distance … prompt, pick to set the thickness.
To cut the ellipse solid from the rectangle:
1
Select the solid rectangles.
2
From the Solid menu, click Difference.
3
At the Select second set of surfaces or polysurfaces. … prompt, select the solid ellipse, and
press Enter.
Boolean Difference
To extrude the polygons:
1
Select the polygons.
2
From the Surface menu, click Extrude.
3
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=No Mode=Straight ) prompt, click Cap.
4
At the Distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=Yes Mode=Straight ) prompt, click Bothsides.
5
At the Distance … prompt, pick to set the thickness.
To cut holes with the solid polygons:
1
Select the solid rectangles.
2
From the Solid menu, click Difference.
3
At the Select second set of surfaces or polysurfaces. … ( DeleteInput=Yes ) prompt, type D
and press Enter.
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At the Select second set of surfaces or polysurfaces. … ( DeleteInput=No ) prompts, select
the solid polygons and press Enter.
Holes will be cut, but the objects will remain.
Modeling Free-Form Curves
The use of free-form curves allows more flexibility to create complex shapes.
Button
Command
Description
Curve
Curve by control points draws a curve from specified control points. Control
points mostly do not lie on the curve, but they determine its shape.
InterpCrv
Interpolated curve creates a curve going through specified interpolate points.
These points lie on the curve and determine its curvature.
Conic
Draw a conic curve, which is part of an ellipse, parabola, or hyperbola.
Option
Description
Undo
Allows you to back up one point.
Close
Makes a closed curve.
Sharp
If Yes, makes a closed curve with a sharp point.
Degree
Allows you to set the degree of the curve.
Exercise 26—Practice drawing curves (1)
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Open the model Curve.3dm.
In this exercise, you will learn how to make a curve by control points, an interpolated curve, and a
conic curve to compare the differences between the three methods.
A common method to create with free-form curves is to draw lines that are accurately measured
to use as guidelines. In this exercise the guidelines have been created for you.
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In the Osnap toolbar, check End and Near, clear all others.
If you click End with your right mouse, it will clear all the others.
3
Toggle Ortho and Snap off.
To draw a curve by control points:
1
From the Curve menu, click Free-form, and then click Control Points.
2
At the Start of curve ( Degree=3 ) prompt, snap to the end point of the polyline guideline.
3
At the Next point ( Degree=3 Undo ) prompt, snap on the polyline guideline using the Near
object snap.
4
At the Next point ( Degree=3 Undo ) prompt, snap on the polyline guideline using the Near
object snap until you get to the end.
5
Curve
At the Next point ( Degree=3 Close Sharp=Yes Undo) prompt, press Enter.
A free-form curve is drawn. The control points, while on the guideline, were not on the curve itself
except at the two ends.
Control points control the curvature of the curve, but the curve is usually not on them.
To draw a curve interpolate through points:
1
Change to the Interpolated Curve layer.
2
From the Curve menu, click Free-form, and then click Interpolate Points.
3
At the Start of curve ( Degree=3 Knots=SqrtChord StartTangent ) prompt, snap to the end point
of the polyline guideline.
4
At the Next point of curve ( Degree=3 Knots=SqrtChord EndTangent Undo ) prompt, snap on
the polyline guideline using the Near object snap.
5
At the Next point of curve ( Degree=3 Knots=SqrtChord EndTangent Undo ) prompt, continue to
snap to the guideline until you get to the end.
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At the Next point of curve ( Degree=3 Knots=SqrtChord EndTangent Close Sharp=Yes Undo )
prompt, press Enter.
A free-form curve is created from specified interpolate points. These points lie on the curve and
determine its curvature.
Note how difficult it is to make the curve follow the guideline exactly.
To draw a conic curve:
1
Change to the Conic layer.
2
From the Curve menu, click Conic.
3
At the Start of conic ( Tangent Perpendicular ) prompt, snap to the point (1) at the lower left.
4
At the End of conic ( Apex Tangent Perpendicular ) prompt, snap to the point (2) above and to
the right from the previous point.
5
At the Apex prompt, snap to the point (3) in between the previous points.
6
At the Curvature point or rho prompt, pick a point for the desired curvature.
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Modeling Helix and Spiral
The use of free-form curves allows more flexibility to create complex shapes. If you need to control
precision, you can make construction lines that define your overall parameters.
Button
Command
Description
Helix
Draw a helix. User can specify a radius, the number of turns, the length and
direction of the axis.
Spiral
Draw a spiral. User can specify two radii, the number of turns, the length and
direction of the axis.
Option
Description
Vertical
The helix or spiral axis will be perpendicular to the construction plane in the active viewport.
AroundCurve
Select a curve for the helix or spiral to wind around to create "phone cord" shapes.
Flat
Lets you draw a planar spiral.
Mode
Determines whether the number of turns or the distance between turns is used to create the helix
or spiral
ReverseTwist
Turns
Allows you to set the number of turns along the axis.
Pitch
Allows you to set the distance between turns along the axis.
Allows you to reverse the twist direction of the helix or spiral.
To draw a helix
1
Change to the Helix layer.
2
Turn on the End and Point object snap.
3
From the Curve menu, click Helix.
4
At the Start of axis ( Vertical AroundCurve ) prompt, snap to the end of the vertical line (1) in
the Perspective viewport..
5
At the End of axis prompt, snap to the end of the vertical line (2) in the Perspective viewport.
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At the Radius and start point <1.000> ( Diameter Mode=Turns Turns=10 Pitch=1
ReverseTwist=No ) prompt, pick the point (3) to the right of the axis line.
A helix with 10 turns and a radius of 2.5 is created.
To draw a spiral:
1
Change to the Spiral layer.
2
From the Curve menu, click Spiral.
3
At the Start of axis ( Flat Vertical AroundCurve ) prompt, snap to the end of the other vertical
line (1) in the Perspective viewport.
4
At the End of axis prompt, snap to the other end of the same line (2).
5
At the First radius and start point <1> ( Diameter Mode=Turns Turns=10 Pitch=1
ReverseTwist=No ) prompt, click Mode.
6
At the First radius and start point <0.735> ( Diameter Mode=Pitch Turns=10 Pitch=1
ReverseTwist=No ) prompt, click Pitch
7
At the Pitch <1> prompt, type 4 and press Enter.
8
At the First radius and start point <1> ( Diameter Mode=Pitch Turns=10 Pitch=4
ReverseTwist=No ) prompt, click ReverseTwist.
9
At the First radius and start point <1> ( Diameter Mode=Pitch Turns=10 Pitch=4
ReverseTwist=Yes ) prompt, snap the point (3) for the radius of the base of the spiral.
Spiral
10 At the Second radius <0> ( Diameter Mode=Pitch Turns=10 Pitch=4 ReverseTwist=Yes )
prompt, snap to the other point (4) for the ending radius.
A spiral is created with a reverse twist and a pitch of 4.
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Exercise 27—Drawing free-form curves
In the following exercise we will draw the guidelines and free-form curves for a toy screwdriver.
1
2
Start a new model. Save as Screwdriver.
Create Construction and Curve layers.
Make them different colors.
To create the construction lines:
1
Change to the Construction layer.
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18
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6
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25
3
10
Draw a polyline using the dimensions above for the guideline.
To create the curve by control points:
1
Change to the Curve layer.
2
Use the Curve command to draw the shape for the toy screwdriver.
3
Save your model.
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To make it solid:
1
Toggle Snap and Ortho on.
2
From the Surface menu and click Revolve.
3
At the Select curve to revolve prompt, select the curve.
Revolve
4
At the Start of revolve axis prompt, snap to the end of the curve.
5
At the End of revolve axis prompt, snap to the other end of the curve.
6
In the Revolve Options dialog box, click OK.
Your model is now a three-dimensional surface.
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Editing Objects
Once you create objects, you can move and edit them to produce complex and detailed variations.
Fillet
Fillet connects two lines, arcs, circles, or curves extending or trimming them to touch or to join with a
circular arc.
Option
Description
Radius
Sets the fillet radius. A radius of 0 extends or trims the curves to a corner, but does not create a
fillet.
Join
Yes joins the fillet to the curves. No does not join the fillet to the curves.
Trim
Yes trims the curves to the fillet arc. No does not trim the curves.
Exercise 28—Fillet
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Open the model Fillet.3dm.
To fillet lines at a zero radius:
1
From the Curve menu, click Fillet.
2
At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=0 Join=No Trim=Yes ) prompt, click Radius to
change the radius.
3
At the Fillet radius <1> prompt, type 0, and press Enter.
Fillet
This Radius option remains the default until you change it.
4
At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=0 Join=No Trim=Yes ) prompt, select an outer
vertical line.
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At the Select second curve to fillet ( Radius=0 Join=No Trim=Yes ) prompt, select an adjacent
horizontal line.
The ends of the lines are trimmed to a corner.
Remember to pick on the part of
the line that you want to keep.
6
Press Enter to repeat the command.
7
Fillet the other corners, as shown.
To fillet lines using an arc:
1
From the Curve menu, click Fillet.
2
At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=0 Join=No Trim=Yes ) prompt, type 2 and press
Enter to change the radius.
This is another method to change the radius.
3
At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=2 Join=No Trim=Yes ) prompt, click Join to change
the Join option to Yes.
This option joins the curves as they are filleted.
4
At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=2 Join=Yes Trim=Yes ) prompt, select an outer
vertical line.
5
At the Select second curve to fillet ( Radius=2 Join=Yes Trim=Yes ) prompt, select an adjacent
horizontal line.
The ends of the lines are trimmed to a radius.
6
Press Enter to repeat the command.
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Fillet the other corners as shown.
8
Press Enter to repeat the command.
9
At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=2 Join=Yes Trim=Yes ) prompt, type 1 and press
Enter.
This radius will be used for the smaller object.
10 At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=1 Join=Yes Trim=Yes ) prompt, select an outer
vertical line.
11 At the Select second curve to fillet ( Radius=1 Join=Yes Trim=Yes ) prompt, select an adjacent
horizontal line.
12 Fillet the other corners as shown.
To fillet circles:
1
From the Curve menu, click Fillet.
2
At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=1 Join=Yes Trim=Yes ) prompt, type 3 and press
Enter.
3
At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=3 Join=Yes Trim=Yes ) prompt, click Trim.
This also disables the Join option.
4
At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=3 Trim=No ) prompt, select the right edge of a circle.
5
At the Select second curve to fillet ( Radius=3 Trim=No ) prompt, select the right edge of the
other circle.
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Repeat the command for the left side of the circles.
To fillet and join arcs and lines:
1
From the Curve menu, click Fillet.
2
At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=3 Trim=No ) prompt, click Trim.
3
At the Select first curve to fillet ( Radius=3 Join=Yes Trim=Yes ) prompt, select one of the arcs
in the middle of the viewport.
4
At the Select second curve to fillet ( Radius=3 Join=Yes Trim=Yes ) prompt, select the other
arc in the middle of the viewport.
5
Repeat this procedure for the arc and the line at the bottom left.
To join the filleted objects:
1
Select the objects at the top with a window.
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From the Edit menu, click Join.
The objects are joined together. Curves join only if they touch.
To make a lofted surface:
1
Change to the Surfaces layer.
2
Select the two squares in the upper left part of the Top viewport.
3
Change to the Perspective viewport.
4
The lines in this model are at two
different elevations. You are
going to connect the lines at
different elevations with a
surface.
From the Surface menu, click Loft.
The two squares show a seam direction arrow. They point the same direction.
Loft
5
At the Select seam point to adjust, press Enter when done ( FlipDirection Automatic
Natural ) prompt, press Enter.
6
In the Loft Options dialog box, click OK.
A surface is generated between the two closed polylines.
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Repeat the procedure for the rounded squares.
8
In the Loft Options dialog box, click OK.
9
Save your model.
Chamfer
Chamfer connects two curves by extending or trimming them to intersect or to join with a beveled
line. Chamfer works on convergent or intersecting curves.
Option
Description
Distances
The first chamfer distance specifies the distance from the chamfer end on the first curve to the
point where the two curves would intersect. The second chamfer distance specifies the distance
of the chamfer end on the second curve to the intersection point.
A chamfer distance of 0 trims or extends that curve to the intersection point. If the chamfer
distance is non-zero, a chamfer line is created that far from the intersection, and the curve is
extended to the chamfer line. If you enter 0 for both distances, the curves are trimmed or
extended to their intersection, but no chamfer line is created.
Exercise 29—Chamfer
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Open the model Chamfer.3dm.
To chamfer lines:
1
From the Curve menu, click Chamfer.
2
At the Select first curve to chamfer ( Distances=1,1 Join=No Trim=Yes ) prompt, type 1,1, and
press Enter, to set the distances.
3
At the Select First Curve to chamfer ( Distances=1,1 Join=No Trim=Yes ) prompt, select one of
the inner vertical lines.
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At the Select Second Curve to chamfer ( Distances=1,1 Join=No Trim=Yes ) prompt, select an
adjacent horizontal line.
5
Continue creating chamfers on all of the corners as shown.
6
Press Enter to repeat the command.
7
At the Select First Curve to chamfer ( Distances=1,1 Join=No Trim=Yes ) prompt, type 3,2 and
press Enter.
8
At the Select First Curve to chamfer ( Distances=3,2 Join=No Trim=Yes ) prompt, select one of
the outer horizontal lines.
9
At the Select Second Curve to chamfer ( Distances=3,2 Join=No Trim=Yes ) prompt, select an
adjacent vertical line.
The first value is the distance along the first curve selected, the second value is the distance along
the second line selected.
10 Continue creating chamfers on all of the corners as shown.
To join the chamfered objects:
1
From the Edit menu, click Select, and then click Curves.
2
From the Edit menu, click Join.
The curves have been joined together into closed polylines.
Select Curves
To turn the curves into surfaces:
1
Change to the Surfaces layer.
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From the Edit menu, click Select, and then click Curves.
3
From the Surface menu, click Loft.
4
At the Select seam point to adjust, press Enter when done ( FlipDirection Automatic
Natural ) prompt, press Enter.
5
In the Loft Options dialog box, click OK.
A surface is generated between the two chamfered rectangles.
6
Save your model.
Exercise 30—Practice with Fillet and Chamfer
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Open the model Filletex.3dm.
2
Use Fillet and Chamfer to edit the drawing as shown.
All fillets and rounds use a radius of 0.5 units.
To make it solid:
1
From the Edit menu, click Select, and then click Curves.
2
From the Solid menu, click Extrude Planar Curves.
3
At the Extrusion distance ( Direction Cap=Yes BothSides Tapered ) prompt, type .5 and press
Enter.
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Move
Use Move to move objects without changing orientation or size.
Option
Description
Vertical
Moves the selected objects vertical to the current construction plane.
Exercise 31—Move
1
Open the model Move.3dm.
2
Turn off both Ortho and Snap so you can move objects freely.
3
Turn Cen object snap on.
To move using object snaps for placement:
1
Select the small circle at the bottom left side of the Top viewport.
2
From the Transform menu, click Move.
3
At the Point to move from ( Vertical ) prompt, snap to the center of the small circle.
4
At the Point to move to prompt, snap to the center of the arc at the lower left of the object.
Move
To move using absolute coordinates:
1
From the Edit menu, click Select, and then click Curves.
2
From the Transform menu, click Move.
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At the Point to move from ( Vertical ) prompt, snap to the end of the line at the lower part of
the object.
4
At the Point to move to prompt, type 0,0 and press Enter.
The end of the line is exactly at point 0,0 in the Top viewport.
To move using relative coordinates:
1
Select the large slotted circle in the middle of the object.
You will move the slotted circle relative to the part.
2
3
From the Transform menu, click Move.
At the Point to move from ( Vertical ) prompt, pick any point in the Top viewport.
It is usually better if you pick near the object you are going to move.
4
At the Point to move to prompt, type r0,-.25 and press Enter.
The circle is moved down .25 units.
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Copy
Copy duplicates selected objects and places them in a new location. The command can repeat to
create more than one copy in the same command sequence.
Option
Description
Vertical
Copies the selected objects vertical to the current construction plane.
InPlace
Duplicates the object at the current location.
Exercise 32—Copy
To copy using object snaps for placement:
1
Select the small circle at the lower left of the object.
2
From the Transform menu, click Copy.
3
At the Point to copy from ( Vertical InPlace ) prompt, snap to the center of the small circle.
4
At the Point to copy to prompt, snap to the center of the arc at the upper left of the object.
5
Pick to place the object, and press Enter.
Copy
To make multiple copies:
1
Select the small circle at the lower left of the object.
2
From the Transform menu, click Copy.
3
At the Point to copy from ( Vertical InPlace ) prompt, snap to the center of the small circle.
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At the Point to copy to prompt, begin picking points on the screen.
Each time you pick, a circle will be copied to that location.
5
Press Enter to end the command.
Undo and Redo
If you make a mistake or do not like the results of a command, use Undo. If you decide you want
those undone results back after all, use Redo command. Redo restores the last thing undone.
Rhino
Button
Mouse
Button
Command
Description
Left-click or
Ctrl+Z
Undo
Cancels the effects of the last command.
Right-click or
Ctrl+Y
Redo
Restores the effects of undo.
The number of undos kept in memory can be set in Rhino Options on the General page,
If a command has an Undo option, type U to enter it. At the command prompt, type Undo.
You cannot use the Undo command after you exit the modeling session or open a different model.
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Rotate
Use Rotate to move objects in a circular motion around a base point. For precise rotation, enter a
number of degrees to rotate. Positive numbers rotate counterclockwise; negative numbers rotate
clockwise.
Option
Description
Copy
Duplicates the object as it is rotated
Exercise 33—Rotate
1
Select the large slotted circle in the middle of the object.
2
From the Transform menu, click Rotate.
3
At the Center of rotation ( Copy=No ) prompt, snap to the center of the slotted circle.
Rotate
4
At the Angle or first reference point ( Copy=No ) prompt, type -28 and press Enter.
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Group
Grouping objects allows all members of the group to be selected as one. You can then apply
commands to the entire group.
Rhino
Button
Mouse
Button
Command
Description
Left-click or
Ctrl+G
Group
Makes a group from selected objects.
Left-click or
Ctrl+Shift
+G
Ungroup
Removes grouping.
Left-click
AddToGroup
To add objects to a group.
Left-click
RemoveFromGroup
To remove objects from a group.
Left-click
SetGroupName
To name groups
Exercise 34—Grouping
To group selected objects:
1
Select the two circles that you placed.
2
From the Edit menu, click Groups, then click Group.
To add objects to a group:
1
At the command prompt type AddT.
When the AddToGroup command completes, press Enter.
2
At the Select objects prompt, select the polyline on the left, the original circle, and the slotted
circle in the center.
3
At the Select objects prompt, press Enter.
4
At the Select group prompt, select one of the circles in the group.
The objects are now part of the group.
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To remove an object from a group:
1
At the command prompt, type RemoveFr and press the Tab key, then press Enter.
When the RemoveFromGroup command completes, press Enter.
2
At the Select objects to extract from group prompt, select the slotted circle.
3
At the Select objects to extract from group prompt, press Enter.
Mirror
Mirror creates a copy of the objects flipped over a specified axis on the construction plane.
Exercise 35—Mirror
1
Select the group.
2
From the Transform menu, click Mirror.
3
At the Start of mirror plane ( Copy=Yes ) prompt, type 0,0 or snap to the end of the line at the
lower right of the part.
4
At the End of mirror plane ( Copy=Yes ) prompt, toggle Ortho on and pick directly above the
previous point.
5
Select the two groups.
6
From the Edit menu, click Groups, then click Ungroup.
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Join
Join unites curves that meet at a common end, making a single curve. Join can unite curves that do
not touch, if you select them after the command has started. As you select non-touching curves, a
dialog box asks if you want to fill the gap.
Exercise 36—Join
1
Select the two polylines.
2
From the Edit menu, click Join.
Join
Scale
Scale changes the size of existing objects without changing their shape. This command scales threedimensional objects equally along all three axes. There are also 2-dimensional, one-dimensional, and
non-uniform scale commands.
Option
Description
Copy
Preserves the object as it creates a new scaled one.
Scale factor
Inputs a value for scale factor. Less than one reduces the size, more than one increases the
size.
Exercise 37—Scale
1
From the Edit menu, click Select, and then click Curves.
2
From the Transform menu, click Scale, and then click Scale 2-D.
3
At the Origin point ( Copy=No ) prompt, type 0,0 and press Enter.
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At the Scale factor or first reference point <1> ( Copy=No ) prompt, type .75 and press
Enter.
The whole part has been scaled to 75 percent of its original size.
To scale using the reference point option:
1
From the Edit menu, click Select, and then click Curves.
2
From the Transform menu, click Scale, and then click Scale 2-D.
3
At the Origin point ( Copy=No ) prompt, snap to the center of the slotted circle.
4
At the Scale factor or first reference point <.75> ( Copy=No ) prompt, snap to the quadrant
of the slotted circle.
The radius of the slotted circle is the reference for the scale factor.
5
At the Second reference point ( Copy=No ) prompt, type 1.375 and press Enter.
The slotted circle now has a larger radius of 1.375. Everything else was scaled proportionally.
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To make it solid:
1
From the Edit menu, click Select, and then click Curves.
2
From the Solid menu, click Extrude Planar Curves.
3
At the Extrusion distance ( Direction Cap=Yes BothSides Tapered ) prompt, type 1 and press
Enter.
To scale in 3-D:
1
From the Edit menu, click Select, and then click Polysurfaces.
2
From the Transform menu, click Scale, and then click Scale.
3
At the Origin point ( Copy=No ) prompt, type 0,0 and press Enter.
4
At the Scale factor or first reference point <1> ( Copy=No ) prompt, type 1.5 and press
Enter.
Scale
The solid is larger in every dimension.
To scale in one dimension:
1
From the Edit menu, click Select, and then click Polysurfaces.
2
From the Transform menu, click Scale, and then click Scale 1-D.
3
At the Origin point ( Copy=No ) prompt, type 0,0 and press Enter.
4
At the Scale factor or first reference point <1.500> ( Copy=No ) prompt, type .5 and press
Enter.
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At the Scaling direction ( Copy=No ) prompt, move your cursor into the Front viewport, toggle
Ortho on, and pick a point above the previous point.
The object is half as thick.
Array
Use the Array commands to make multiple copies of selected objects. Array Rectangular makes rows
and columns of objects. Array Polar copies objects in a circle around a center point
Exercise 38—Array
To create a rectangular array:
1
Open the model T-Flange.3dm.
2
Select the small cylinder (1) that is visible in the Top viewport.
Array Rectangular
3
From the Transform menu, click Array, and then click Rectangular.
4
At the Number in x direction <1> prompt, type 2 and press Enter.
5
At the Number in y direction <1> prompt, type 2 and press Enter.
6
At the Number in z direction <1> prompt, type 1 and press Enter.
7
At the Unit cell or x distance prompt, type 4 and press Enter.
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At the Y distance or first reference point prompt, type 1.5 and press Enter.
The cylinders are arrayed on the base of the flange.
To create a 3-D array:
1
Select the cylinder (1) that is visible in the Front viewport.
2
From the Transform menu, click Array, and then click Rectangular.
3
At the Number in x direction <2> prompt, type 2 and press Enter.
4
At the Number in y direction <2> prompt, type 2 and press Enter.
5
At the Number in z direction <1> prompt, type 2 and press Enter.
6
At the Unit cell or x distance prompt, type 2 and press Enter.
7
At the Y distance or first reference point prompt, type -2 and press Enter.
8
At the Z distance or reference first point prompt, type -4.5 and press Enter.
The cylinders are arrayed on both flanges.
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spacing is because the hole is
arrayed in the negative direction
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To make holes in the flange:
1
Save your model.
2
From the Solid menu, click Difference.
3
At the Select first set of surfaces or polysurfaces. … prompt, pick the flange (1).
4
At the Select first set of surfaces or polysurfaces. … prompt, press Enter.
5
At the Select second set of surfaces or polysurfaces. Press Enter when done.
( DeleteInput=Yes ) prompt, pick all of the cylinders (2) for the holes and press Enter.
Boolean Difference
The cylinders are subtracted from the flange.
To create a polar array:
1
Open the model Wheel.3dm.
2
Select the cylinder and the box in the Top viewport.
Array Polar
3
From the Transform menu, click Array, and then click Polar.
4
At the Center of polar array prompt, snap to the center of the wheel.
5
At the Number of items <2> prompt, type 3 and press Enter.
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At the Angle to fill <360> prompt, press Enter.
The cylinders and ribs are arrayed in a circular pattern around the center of the wheel.
To remove the holes from the wheel:
1
Save your model.
2
From the Solid menu, click Difference.
3
At the Select first set surfaces or polysurfaces prompt, pick the wheel.
4
At the Select first set of surfaces or polysurfaces. Press Enter for second set prompt, press
Enter.
5
At the Select second set of surfaces or polysurfaces. Press Enter when done.
( DeleteInput=Yes ) prompt, pick all of the cylinders for the holes and press Enter.
The cylinders are subtracted from the flange.
To add the ribs to the wheel:
1
From the Solid menu, click Union.
2
At the Select surfaces or polysurfaces to union prompt, pick the wheel.
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At the Select surfaces or polysurfaces to union. Press Enter when done prompt, pick each
of the ribs and press Enter.
Trim
Trim cuts and deletes portions of an object to make it end precisely at its intersection with another
object.
Exercise 39—Trim
1
Open the model Trim-Split.3dm.
Zoom Window
2
From the View menu, click Zoom, and then click Window.
3
Make a window around the grid in the lower left corner of the Top viewport.
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From the Edit menu, click Trim.
5
At the Select cutting objects ( ExtendLines=Off UseApparentIntersections=Off ) prompt, select
the two outside vertical lines in the grid.
6
At the Select cutting objects ( ExtendLines=Off UseApparentIntersections=Off ) prompt, press
Enter to go to the next stage of the command.
7
At the Select object to trim. Press Enter to clear selection and start over ( ExtendLines=Off
UseApparentIntersections=Off ) prompt, select each of the horizontal lines at their left and right
ends.
Trim
The lines are trimmed to the cutting edges.
8
At the Select object to trim. Press Enter to clear selection and start over ( ExtendLines=Off
UseApparentIntersections=Off ) prompt, press Enter.
9
From the View menu, click Zoom, and then click Extents All.
10 From the Edit menu, click Trim.
Zoom Extents All
11 At the Select cutting objects ( ExtendLines=Off UseApparentIntersections=Off ) prompt, select
the surface that intersects the sphere in the Perspective viewport.
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12 At the Select cutting objects ( ExtendLines=Off UseApparentIntersections=Off ) prompt, press
Enter.
13 At the Select object to trim. … ( ExtendLines=Off UseApparentIntersections=Off ) prompt,
select the right side of the sphere.
The sphere is trimmed at the surface.
14 At the Select object to trim. … ( ExtendLines=Off UseApparentIntersections=Off ) prompt, press
Enter.
Split
Splits one object with another into two objects splits a curve at a point you specify. The Split
command breaks the object where it intersects the cutting object but does not delete anything.
Exercise 40—Split
1
From the View menu, click Zoom, and then click Window.
2
Make a window around the closed curve in the lower right corner of the Top viewport.
3
From the Edit menu, click Split.
4
At the Select objects to split prompt, select the closed curve.
5
At the Select objects to split prompt, press Enter to go to the next stage of the command.
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At the Select cutting objects ( Point ) prompt, select the lines and press Enter.
7
At the Select cutting objects ( Point ) prompt, press Enter.
The curve is separated into four curves precisely where the lines intersect it.
8
From the View menu, click Zoom, and then click Extents All.
9
From the Edit menu, click Split.
10 At the Select objects to split prompt, select the sphere.
11 At the Select cutting objects ( Isocurve ) prompt, select the surface that intersects the sphere
and press Enter.
The sphere is separated into two pieces precisely where the surface intersects it.
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Extend
Extend lengthens an object to make it end precisely at its intersection with another object or you can
lengthen an object when there is no intersection.
Exercise 41—Extend
1
Open the model Extend.
2
From the Curve menu, click Extend, and then click Extend Curve.
3
At the Select boundary objects or enter extension length. Press Enter for dynamic extend
prompt, select the line at the left.
4
At the Select boundary objects or enter extension length. Press Enter for dynamic extend
prompt, press Enter.
5
At the Select curve to extend ( Type=Line ) prompt, select the left ends of the three curves.
The line and curves extend to touch the boundary edge on the left.
6
At the Select curve to extend ( Type=Line ) prompt, press Enter to end the command.
To extend with some of the other options:
1
From the Curve menu, click Extend, and then click Extend Curve.
2
At the Select boundary objects or enter extension length. Press Enter for dynamic extend
prompt, select the curve at the right.
3
At the Select boundary objects or enter extension length. Press Enter for dynamic extend
prompt, press Enter.
4
At the Select curve to extend ( Type=Line ) prompt, select the right end of the line.
The line is extended straight.
5
At the Select curve to extend ( Type=Line ) prompt, type T and press Enter.
6
At the Type <Line> ( Line Arc Smooth ) prompt, type A and press Enter.
7
At the Select curve to extend ( Type=Arc ) prompt, select the right end of the curve.
The curve continues with a tangent arc to the boundary edge.
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At the Select curve to extend ( Type=Arc ) prompt, type S and press enter.
9
At the Type <Arc> ( Line Arc Smooth ) prompt, type S and press Enter.
10 At the Select curve to extend ( Type=Smooth ) prompt, select the right end of the arc.
The arc continues with a tangent curve.
To extend to a surface:
1
From the Curve menu, click Extend, and then click Extend Curve.
2
At the Select boundary objects or enter extension length. … prompt, select the cylinder on
the left.
3
At the Select boundary objects or enter extension length. … prompt, select the surface on
the right.
4
At the Select boundary objects or enter extension length. … prompt, press Enter.
5
At the Select curve to extend ( Type=Smooth ) prompt, type T and press Enter.
6
At the Type <Smooth> ( Line Arc Smooth ) prompt, type L and press Enter.
7
At the Select curve to extend ( Type=Line ) prompt, select both ends of the line and the curve.
The curves extend to the surface of the sphere and to the surface.
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To extend a curve without boundary edges:
1
From the Curve menu, click Extend, and then click By Line.
2
At the Select curve to extend ( Type=Line ) prompt, select near the curve in the upper right
side.
3
At the End of extension prompt, pick a point.
Extend by Line
The curve is extended as a tangent line to the point you picked.
4
From the Curve menu, click Extend, and then click By Arc.
5
At the Select curve to extend ( Type=Arc ) prompt, select near the upper end of the line on the
left.
6
At the Center of arc extension prompt, type 1 and press Enter to set the radius.
7
At the Center of arc extension prompt, pick a point to the left of the line.
8
At the End of extension prompt, pick an end for the arc.
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Offset
Offset creates an object parallel or concentric to another object. Use Offset to create specialized
copies, such as parallel lines, concentric circles, and concentric arcs, through specified points or at
pre-set distances.
Exercise 42—Offset
1
Open the model Offset.3dm.
2
Maximize the Top viewport.
3
From the Curve menu, click Offset.
4
At the Select curve to offset ( Distance=1 Corner=Sharp ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt,
select the line.
5
At the Through point ( Distance=1 Corner=Sharp ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, pick on the
upper right side of the line.
Offset
A parallel line is created.
To offset with the through point option:
1
From the Curve menu, click Offset.
2
At the Select curve to offset ( Distance=1 Corner=Sharp ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt,
select the circle.
3
At the Through point ( Distance=1 Corner=Sharp ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, type T and
press Enter.
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At the Side to offset ( Corner=Sharp Tolerance ) prompt, snap to the end of the line you offset.
A concentric circle is created that goes through the end point of the line.
Offset Using Corner Options
Sharp
1
From the Curve menu, click Offset.
2
At the Select curve to offset ( Distance=4.82974 Corner=Sharp ThroughPoint Tolerance )
prompt, select the polyline.
3
At the Through point ( Distance=4.82974 Corner=Sharp ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, type
1 and press Enter.
4
At the Through point ( Distance=1 Corner=Sharp ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, pick inside
the polyline.
The polyline is offset with sharp corners.
Round
1
Press Enter to repeat the command.
2
At the Select curve to offset ( Distance=1 Corner=Sharp ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt,
select the polyline.
3
At the Through point ( Distance=1 Corner=Sharp ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, type C and
press Enter.
4
At the Corner <Sharp> ( Sharp Round Smooth Chamfer ) prompt, type R and press Enter.
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At the Side to offset ( Distance=1 Corner=Round ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, pick outside
the polyline.
The polyline is offset, but the corners are rounded with arcs.
Smooth
1
Press Enter to repeat the command.
2
At the Select curve to offset ( Distance=1 Corner=Round ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt,
select the polyline.
3
At the Through point ( Distance=1 Corner=Round ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, type 2 and
press Enter.
4
At the Through point ( Distance=2 Corner=Round ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, type C and
press Enter.
5
At the Corner <Round> ( Sharp Round Smooth Chamfer ) prompt, choose the Smooth option,
and press Enter.
6
At the Through point ( Distance=2 Corner=Smooth ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, pick the
outside of the polyline.
The polyline is offset, but the corners are rounded with curvature continuous blend curves.
Distance
1
At the Select curve to offset ( Distance=2 Corner=Smooth ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt,
select the free-form curve.
2
At the Through point ( Distance=2 Corner=Smooth ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, type 1 and
press Enter.
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At the Through point ( Distance=1 Corner=Smooth ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, pick on
the one side of the curve.
4
Press Enter to repeat the command.
5
At the Through point ( Distance=1 Corner=Smooth ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, pick on
the other side of the curve.
6
Select the arc.
7
Press Enter to repeat the offset command.
8
At the Through point ( Distance=1 Corner=Smooth ThroughPoint Tolerance ) prompt, pick on
the left side of the arc.
To offset a surface:
1
From the Surface menu, click Offset.
2
At the Select surface or polysurface to offset prompt, select one of the purple surfaces, and
press Enter.
3
At the Offset distance <1> ( Flip Solid Loose Tolerance ) prompt, place your cursor over the
surface and click your left mouse button.
Notice that the direction of the arrows changed. The normal direction of the surface was flipped by
the mouse click. If you have a positive number for offset distance, the surface will be offset in the
direction of the normal. If you have a negative number it will offset the opposite direction
The normals should be pointed toward the concave side of the surface.
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At the Offset distance <1> ( Flip Solid Loose Tolerance ) prompt, press Enter.
The surface is offset in the direction of the normals.
To offset a surface to a solid:
1
Select the other purple surface.
2
From the Surface menu, click Offset.
3
At the Offset distance <1> ( Flip Solid Loose Tolerance ) prompt, click on the surface to change
the normal direction if necessary.
4
At the Offset distance <1> ( Flip Solid Loose Tolerance ) prompt, choose the Solid option and
press Enter.
5
At the Offset distance <1> ( Flip Loose Tolerance ) prompt, press Enter to create the offset
surface and the surfaces needed to make the solid.
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To offset a polysurface:
1
2
Select the cylinder.
From the Surface menu, click Offset.
The normals on a closed polysurface will always point to the outside.
3
At the Offset distance <1> ( Flip Solid Loose Tolerance ) prompt, press Enter.
Each surface of the polysurface is offset as a separate piece.
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Exercise 43—Practice
1
Start a new model. Save as Gasket1
2
Use Circle, Arc, Trim, Fillet, and Join to create the part shown.
3
Use Extrude Planar Curve on the Solid menu to create the 3-D part. The extrusion thickness is
.125.
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Exercise 44—Practice
1
Start a new model. Save as Cam.
2
Use Circle, Arc, Line, Trim, Join, and Array to draw the part shown.
3
Use Extrude Planar Curve on the Solid menu to create the 3-D part. The extrusion thickness
is 0.5.
Exercise 45—Practice
1
Start a new model. Save as Link.
2
Use Line, Arc, Trim, Offset, Join, Fillet and Circle to draw the part shown.
3
Use Extrude to create the 3-D part. The extrusion thickness is .5.
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Exercise 46—Practice
1
Start a new model. Save as Building.
2
Use Line, Arc, Trim, Offset, Curve, Fillet and Circle to draw the layout of the building shown.
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Point Editing
You can display the control points or the edit points of an object so that you can adjust the shape of
an object, rather than manipulating the whole object at once. That is called control point editing.
You can use point editing on meshes, curves, and surfaces, but not on polysurfaces or solids.
Rhino’s curves are represented internally with non-uniform rational B-splines ( NURBS ). Three things
determine the shape of a NURBS curve:
• A list of points called control points
• Degree
• A list of numbers called knots
If you change any of these things, it changes the shape of the curve.
A few facts about control points, edit points, and knots
• Control points do not have to be on the curve.
• Edit points are always on the curve.
• Rhino lets you edit curves and surfaces by moving control points and edit points.
• Knots are parameters (that is, numbers, not points).
• Adding knots to a curve or surface lets you control the movement of the object during controlpoint editing.
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Exercise 47—Control point editing
In this exercise we are going to experiment with moving control points. Understanding how curves and
lines react when control points are moved is very important to understanding NURBS modeling.
To edit control points:
1
Open the model Control Point.3dm.
There are pairs of curves with different degrees in the model.
2
Turn Ortho and Snap on.
3
From the Edit menu, click Select, and then click Curves.
4
From the Edit menu, click Point Editing, and then click Control Points On. (Press F10.)
PointsOn
5
In the Front viewport, select the middle row of points.
6
Drag the points vertically, 5 units.
7
In the Front viewport, select two rows of points on either side of the center.
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Drag the points vertically, 4 units.
Notice that the degree 1 curves (polylines) come to a point at each control point and the control
points are exactly on the curve. When a curve or polyline bends at a point like this it is called a
kink. If you create a surface from a curve that has a kink, it will have a seam at the kink.
The degree 3 and 5 curves are smooth. The degree 3 curves have more curvature that the
degree 5 curves. Individual points have more influence on a small area of the curve with degree 3
curves, while points have greater influence over a wider span of the curve with degree 5 curves.
9
Press Esc twice to turn off the control points.
10 Select the curves.
11 From the Surface menu, click Loft.
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12 In the Loft options dialog box, click OK.
Because the degree 1 curves were included in the loft, a polysurface is created with a seam at
each kink.
13 Select the surface.
14 Turn on the control points.
The points do not turn on and the following message is displayed on the command line:
Cannot turn on points for polysurfaces.
15 Undo the loft.
To change the polylines into curves without kinks:
1
From the Curve menu, click Edit Tools, and then click Rebuild.
2
At the Select curves to rebuild prompt, select both polylines.
3
At the Select curves to rebuild prompt, press Enter.
4
Rebuild
In the Rebuild Curve dialog box change the point count to 7 and the degree to 3, and click OK.
A degree 3 curve cannot have kinks. The curve smoothes and changes shape.
To loft a surface over the curves:
1
Select all of the curves.
2
From the Surface menu, click Loft.
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In the Loft Options dialog box, click OK.
A single surface appears over the curves. The surface can be edited with control points.
To rebuild a surface:
1
Select the surface.
2
From the Surface menu, click Edit Tools, then click Rebuild.
3
In the Rebuild Surface dialog, change the point count to 8 in both the U and V direction. Change
the degree to 3 for both U and V.
The surface is smoother with fewer control points.
Rebuild Surface
Nudge Controls
Another method to move control points and other geometry in a more subtle way is to use the Nudge
keys. The nudge keys are the arrow keys on the keyboard activated with the Alt, Ctrl, and Shift keys.
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To change the nudge settings:
1
2
From the Tools menu, click Options.
In the Options dialog box, on the Modeling Aids page, note the Nudge settings.
Any of these values can be changed.
To use Nudge commands to move control points:
1
2
Select a control point in the Front viewport.
Hold down the Alt key down and press an arrow key.
Notice that it moves (nudges) the point a small amount.
3
Hold the Alt and the Ctrl key down and press another arrow key.
The movement is much smaller.
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Hold the Alt and the Shift key down and press another arrow key.
The movement is magnified.
5
Hold the Alt and press the PageUp or PageDown key to nudge in the Z direction.
To use set points to adjust points:
1
Select all the points along the left edge of the surface.
2
From the Transform menu, click Set Points.
3
In the Set Points dialog box, check Set X, and uncheck Set Y and Set Z.
Set Points
4
In the Front viewport move the points and click.
The control points are aligned.
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Exercise 48—Practice with curves and control point editing
1
Start a new model. Save as Glass.
2
Use the Curve command to create the half cross-section of the glass.
To make it 3-D:
1
From the Surface menu, click Revolve.
2
At the Select curves to revolve prompt, select the curve you created, and press Enter.
3
At the Start of revolve axis prompt, pick one end of the curve.
4
At the End of revolve axis prompt, pick the other end of the curve.
5
In the Revolve Options dialog box, check Deformable, then click OK.
6
Save your model.
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Experiment with adjusting the control points to see what happens.
8
Incremental Save your model.
9
Delete the surface.
10 Change the original curve and make another revolved surface.
11 Incremental Save your model.
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Creating Deformable
Shapes
When building models in Rhino, you should first determine which methods should be used for each
part of the project. There are two basic ways to model in Rhino—free-form and accurate. Some
models require more attention to exact dimensions because they might have to be manufactured or
parts may have to fit together. Sometimes it is the shape of the object, not the accuracy that is
important. These techniques can be merged together to create accurate, free-form shapes. This
tutorial focuses only on the free-form, squishy aspect. The exact size and placement of the objects is
not critical. The overall form is the main objective.
This exercise shows:
• Simple surface creation
• Surface rebuilding
• Control point editing
• Curve creation ( drawing, projecting )
• Splitting surfaces with curves and surfaces
• Blending between two surfaces
• Lighting and rendering
When you model the rubber ducky, you will use similar modeling techniques for the head and the
body. You will create spheres that will be deformed to make the shapes.
If you need to know more about control points and surfaces, search the Rhino Help index for “control
points.”
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Exercise 49—Creating a rubber duck
1
Start a new model. Save as Duck.
2
You can use layers to separate your parts, but for this model, it is not necessary.
For more information about layers, look up “layer” the Rhino Help index.
Create the body and head shapes
The body and head of the ducky are created by modifying two spheres. The size and placement of the
spheres does not need to be exact.
To create the basic shapes:
1
From the Solid menu, click Sphere, and then click Center, Radius.
2
At the Center of sphere ( Diameter 3Point Tangent AroundCurve ) prompt, pick a point in the
Front viewport.
3
At the Radius <1> ( Diameter ) prompt, pick another point in the same viewport to create a
sphere.
4
Repeat this procedure for the second sphere.
Sphere
To make the spheres deformable:
1
Select both spheres.
2
From the Surface menu, click Edit Tools, then click Rebuild.
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In the Rebuild Surface dialog box, change the Point Count to 8 for both U and V.
Change the Degree to 3 for both U and V.
Check Delete Input, clear Current Layer and ReTrim, and click OK.
Rebuild Surface
The spheres are now deformable. Having more control points allows more control over smaller
parts of the surface. A degree-three surface will have a smoother shape when deformed.
To modify the body shape:
1
Select the large sphere.
2
From the Edit menu, click Control Points, and then click Control Points On.
3
In the Front viewport select the control points near the bottom of the sphere.
To window select, drag a box left to right around the control points.
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From the Transform menu, click Set Points.
5
Make the Set Points dialog box look like this, and click OK.
Set Points
6
Drag the selected control points up.
This aligns all of the selected control points to the same world z-value (vertical in Front viewport),
flattening the surface.
To scale the sphere shape:
1
Turn off control points and select the body shape.
2
From the Transform menu, click Scale, then click Scale1D.
3
At the Origin point ( Copy=No ) prompt, type 0 and press Enter.
4
At the Scale factor or first reference point <1> ( Copy=No ) prompt, with Ortho on, pick a
point to the right in the Front viewport.
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At the Second reference point ( Copy=No ) prompt, pick a point further to the right in the
Front viewport.
The body will be shaped more like an ellipsoid.
To reshape the chest and tail
1
Window select the control points at the top right of the body, and drag them to the right to bulge
out the chest.
2
Window select the control points at the upper left edge of the body, and drag them up to form the
tail.
Notice in the Top viewport that two control points are selected, though in the Front viewport, it
looks like only one is selected. This is because the second control point is directly behind the one
you can see in the Front viewport.
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To add control for further shaping the tail:
Before we start to edit the tail further, we will add an additional set of points to the tail portion of
the body.
1
From the Edit menu, click Control Points, and then click Insert Knot.
2
At the Select curve or surface for knot insertion prompt, pick the body surface.
A surface isocurve will be displayed. It will either be in the U or the V direction.
3
At the Point on surface to add knot ( Automatic Symmetrical=No Direction=U ) prompt, type V
and press Enter to change the direction if necessary.
4
At the Point on surface to add knot ( Automatic Symmetrical=No Direction=V ) prompt, pick a
point midway between the tail and the center of the body.
5
At the Point on surface to add knot ( Automatic Symmetrical=No Direction=V ) prompt, press
Enter.
A new set of points in the V direction have been added to the body.
6
Window select the control points at the upper part of the new isocurve, and drag them down to
further form the tail and the body.
7
You can adjust the control points further until you get the shape you want.
8
Save your model.
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To create the head:
1
In the Front viewport, select the small sphere.
2
From the Edit menu, click Control Points, and then click Control Points On.
3
Select the control points on the right side and drag them to begin forming the bill.
4
Window select the control points further back on the same isocurve and drag them forward to
widen the bill.
5
Window select control points at the top of the bill and drag them down as shown below.
6
Press Esc to turn control points off.
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select the control points. There
may be multiple control points in
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Separate the bill from the head
For the final rendering, the bill must be a different color from the body. To do this, they must be
separate surfaces. You can split a single surface into multiple surfaces many ways. The following
technique is just one.
To split a surface with a curve:
1
In the Front viewport create a curve that looks like the illustration below.
2
Select the head.
3
From the Edit menu, click Split.
4
At the Select cutting objects. Press Enter to clear selection and start over ( Isocurve )
prompt, select the curve you just created.
5
At the Select cutting objects. Press Enter when done ( Isocurve ) prompt, press Enter.
The bill and head are now separate surfaces so they can be rendered with different colors.
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Create the duck’s neck
The ducky needs a neck. You will first make an edge on the surface of the head and a corresponding
edge on the surface of the body so you can create a blended surface between the two edges.
To trim the head:
1
Draw a Line across the bottom of the head.
2
Select the line you just created.
3
From the Edit menu, click Trim.
4
At the Select object to trim. Press Enter to clear selection and start over ( ExtendLines=No
UseApparentIntersections=No ) prompt, select the bottom edge of the head.
The bottom of the head is trimmed.
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To cut a hole in the body that matches the opening in the bottom of the head:
1
From the Surface menu, click Extrude, and then click Straight.
2
At the Select curves or surfaces to extrude prompt, select the edge curve at the bottom of the
head.
3
At the Select curves or surfaces to extrude prompt, press Enter.
4
At the Extrusion distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=No Mode=Straight ) prompt, drag the
extruded surface until it intersects the top of the duck body and click.
5
Select the cylindrical surface you extruded.
6
From the Edit menu, click Trim.
7
At the Select object to trim. … ( ExtendLines=No UseApparentIntersections=No ) prompt, select
the part of the body on the inside of the extruded surface.
8
At the Select object to trim. … prompt, press Enter.
Extrude
A hole will be created in the body.
9
Delete the extruded surface.
10 Save your model.
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To create the blend surface between the head and body:
1
From the Surface menu, click Blend Surface.
2
At the Select segment for first edge ( PlanarSections Continuity=Curvature ) prompt, select the
edge curve at the bottom of the head.
3
At the Select segment for second edge … prompt, press select the edge of the hole in the
body.
4
At the Adjust curve seams … prompt, press Enter.
5
In the Blend Bulge dialog box, click OK.
Blend Surface
A surface is blended between the body and the head.
6
Save your model.
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To join the parts:
1
2
Select the body the blend surface and the back of the head.
From the Edit menu, click Join.
The three surfaces are joined into one. The bill is left separate for rendering purposes.
Join
To make an eye:
1
From the Solid menu, click Ellipsoid.
2
Toggle Ortho and Snap on to help.
3
At the Ellipsoid center … prompt, pick a point in the Front viewport.
4
At the End of first axis … prompt, pick a point in the vertical direction.
5
At the End of second axis prompt, pick a point that creates an elliptical shape.
Ellipsoid
The order of the first two points is important to correctly orient the isocurves on the surface.
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At the End of third axis prompt, pick a point in the Top viewport that creates a round, flat
ellipsoid.
To make the pupil for the eye:
To be able to assign a different color for the pupil of the eye, the ellipsoid surface has to be split
into two parts. In this example we will use an isocurve to split the ellipsoid into two parts.
1
Select the ellipsoid.
2
From the Edit menu, click Split.
3
At the Select cutting objects. … ( Isocurve ) prompt, click Isocurve.
4
At the Split point ( Direction=U ) prompt, pick on the top part of the surface to define an
isocurve for the split.
5
At the Split point ( Direction=U ) prompt, press Enter.
The surface is split at the isocurve.
6
Select the surface at the top of the ellipsoid.
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From the Edit menu, click Object Properties.
8
In the Properties window, on the Material page, click Basic, click on the Color button, and
select a color for the pupil of the eye, like black.
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Properties
From the Render menu, click Render Preview.
To group the parts of the eye:
1
2
Select the both eye surfaces.
From the Edit menu, click Groups and then click Group.
The eye parts are grouped as one object.
To move the eyes to the surface of the head:
1
Select the eye group.
2
From the Transform menu, click Orient, and then click On Surface.
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At the Point to orient from ( OnSurface ) prompt, snap to the center of the eye in the Top
viewport.
4
At the Surface to orient on prompt, click on the head.
5
At the Point on surface to orient to ( Align=U Copy=Yes FlipNormal=No Mirror=None
SwapUV=No ) prompt, change the Copy option to No.
6
At the Point on surface to orient to … prompt, click the location for the eye.
7
Mirror the eye to the other side of the head.
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Render a picture of the ducky
Rendering creates a “realistic” picture of your model with colors you assign. These render colors are
different from the layer colors you might be using, which control the display in wireframe and shaded
mode.
To render the ducky:
1
Select the beak.
2
From the Edit menu, click Object Properties.
3
In the Properties window, on the Material page, click Basic and click the color swatch.
4
In the Select Color dialog box, select a color for the beak, like orange.
5
Select the body.
6
From the Edit menu, click Object Properties.
7
In the Properties window, on the Material page, check Basic and select a color for the body,
like yellow.
8
From the Render menu, click Render.
Render
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To place lights:
1
From the Render menu, click Create Spotlight.
2
At the Base of cone ( Vertical Diameter 3Point Tangent AroundCurve ) prompt, select a point in
the middle of the model.
3
At the Radius <1.000> ( Diameter ) prompt, drag the radius until it is approximately three
times as large as the model.
4
At the End of cone prompt, pick a point in the Top viewport while holding the Ctrl key down to
activate elevator mode.
Spotlight
In the Front viewport pick a point slightly above the object.
5
From the Render menu, click Render.
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Modeling with Solids
Modeling solids in Rhino is easy. There are several commands that enable you create and edit solid
objects.
Solids in Rhino are closed surfaces or polysurfaces that enclose a volume. Some of the solid primitives
are closed single-surfaces carefully edge-matched, others are polysurfaces.
Rhino’s polysurface objects are not deformable. You cannot turn control points on and use them to
deform the polysurface.
Button
Command
Description
Box
Draw a rectangular box from two diagonal corners and a height.
Box 3Point
Draw a box from two adjacent corners, a point on the edge across from them,
and a height.
Sphere
Draw a sphere from a center point and a radius.
Sphere Diameter
Draw a sphere from the two ends of a diameter.
Sphere 3Point
Draw a sphere from three points on its surface.
Cylinder
Draw a solid cylinder from a center point, a radius, and a height.
Tube
Draw a solid tube from a center point, two radii, and a height.
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Button
Command
Description
Cone
Draw a solid cone from a base point, a base radius, and a height.
TCone
Draw a truncated cone that ends in a circular plane from a base point, two radii,
and a height.
Ellipsoid
Draw an ellipsoid from a center point, and three axis endpoints.
Torus
Draw a solid Torus from a center point, a radius for the center of the tube, and a
tube radius.
Pipe
Draw a pipe around an existing curve. The pipe has a circular cross-section and
optional caps at the ends.
The Thick option lets you specify two radii at each end of the curve to create
pipes with holes bored through the middle like tubing.
TextObject
Draw text as outline curves, surfaces, or solids.
Extrude
Draw a solid by extruding a closed planar curve vertically.
Extrude
Creates a solid by extruding a surface vertically.
Cap
Creates planar surfaces to close planar holes in a surface or partial solid.
BooleanUnion
Boolean operation in Rhino to combine solids.
BooleanDifference
Boolean operation in Rhino to subtract surfaces and solids from one another.
BooleanIntersection
Boolean operation in Rhino to create the intersection of two surfaces or solids.
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Exercise 50— Model a bar with text
In the following exercise we will make a solid primitive, extract some surfaces, rebuild a surface and
deform it, join the new surfaces into a solid, fillet the edges, add text to a surface, and do a Boolean
operation on the solid.
1
Start a new model using the Millimeters template. Save as Bar.
2
From the Solid menu, click Box.
3
At the First corner of base ( 3Point Vertical Center ) prompt, type 0,0 and press Enter.
4
At the Other corner of base or length prompt, type 15 and press Enter.
5
At the Width. Press Enter to use length prompt, type 6 and press Enter.
6
At the Height. Press Enter to use length prompt, type 1 and press Enter.
Box
To edit the box:
1
From the Solid menu, click Extract Surface.
2
At the Select surfaces to extract ( Copy ) prompt, select the top and both ends.
3
At the Select surfaces to extract. Press Enter when done ( Copy ) prompt, press Enter.
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Select the two ends and delete them.
5
Select the top extracted surface.
6
From the Surface menu, click Edit Tools, then click Rebuild.
7
In the Rebuild Surface dialog box, set the Point count to 4 and the Degree to 3 for both U
and V.
8
From the Edit menu, click Point Editing, then click Control Points On.
9
In the Right viewport, window select the middle points and drag them up approximately one unit.
Rebuild Surface
Control Points On
10 Turn off control points.
11 Select all of the surfaces.
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12 From the Edit menu, click Join.
The surfaces are joined making an open polysurface.
13 Select the polysurface.
14 From the Solid menu, click Cap Planar Holes.
Two end caps are created.
Cap Planar Holes
To fillet the edges:
1
From the Solid menu, click Fillet Edge.
2
At the Select edges to fillet ( Radius=1 ) prompt, select the vertical edges.
3
At the Select edges to fillet. Press Enter when done ( Radius=1 ) prompt, press Enter.
4
From the Solid menu, click Fillet Edge.
5
At the Select edges to fillet ( Radius=1 ) prompt, type .2 and press Enter.
6
At the Select edges to fillet ( Radius=0.2 ) prompt, window select the entire bar to get the
horizontal edges.
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At the Select edges to fillet. … ( Radius=0.2 ) prompt, press Enter.
8
Make a copy of the bar and lock it.
We will use the second bar for another technique later in the exercise.
To make solid text:
1
2
From the Solid menu, click Text.
In the Text Object dialog box, select a Font.
Under Create click Solids.
Under Text size, set the Height to 3.00 and the Solid thickness to 1.00.
Place the text in the Top viewport.
3
Drag the text to the middle of the bar and click.
4
In the Front or Right viewport, drag the text until it protrudes through the top surface.
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To engrave the text in the bar:
1
Select the bar.
2
From the Solid menu, click Difference.
3
At the Select second set of surfaces or polysurfaces ( DeleteInput=Yes ) prompt, window
select all of the text.
4
At the Select second set of surfaces or polysurfaces. Press Enter when done
( DeleteInput=Yes ) prompt, press Enter.
The text is embossed into the bar.
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To make a label:
1
Hide the finished bar and Unlock the copy of the bar.
2
From the Solid menu, click Extract Surface.
3
At the Select surfaces to extract ( Copy ) prompt, select the top surface.
4
At the Select surfaces to extract ( Copy ) prompt, press Enter.
5
Select the lower part of the bar and lock it.
6
Make the Top viewport active.
7
From the Solid menu, click Text.
8
In the Text Object dialog box, under Create, click Curves, and click OK.
9
Place the text in the Top viewport.
10 Drag the text to the middle of the bar and click.
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To project the text curves through the bar:
1
Select the text (curves).
2
From the Curve menu, click Curve From Objects, and then click Project.
3
At the Select surfaces or polysurfaces to project onto prompt, select the top surface in the
Top viewport.
The Project command projects objects perpendicular to the construction plane.
4
Delete the original text curves.
5
Select the top surface.
6
From the Edit menu, click Split.
7
At the Select cutting objects. … prompt, window select the text curves, and press Enter.
Project
Look for this button
The curves have split the surface. Each part of the text is a separate surface.
8
From the Edit menu, click Select, then click Curves.
This will select the curves you used to split the surface.
9
From the Edit menu, click Visibility, then click Hide to hide the curves.
To change the render color of the text:
1
Select the text surfaces.
2
From the Edit menu, click Object Properties.
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In the Properties window, on the Material page, click Basic and select a color for the text,
like red.
4
Right click on the Perspective viewport title.
5
From the menu, click Rendered Display.
The letters render in a different color.
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To emboss the text in the bar:
1
2
Click in the Top viewport.
From the Edit menu, click Select, then click Previous Selection.
This selects the text surfaces again.
3
From the Solid menu, click Extrude Solid, then click Straight.
4
At the Extrusion distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=Yes Mode=Straight ) prompt, type .2
and press Enter.
The surfaces are extruded perpendicular to the active construction plane.
Extrude Surface
Look for this button
Notice that the top of the text follows the curvature of the original surface.
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Creating Surfaces
A Rhino surface is similar to a piece of stretchy fabric. It can take on many different shapes.
Surfaces are bounded by curves called edges. To visualize the surface shape Rhino displays a grid of
isoparametric curves (isocurves) on the surface.
Surfaces have an area, their shape can be changed by moving control points, and they can be
meshed.
Button
Command
Description
SrfPt
Creates a surface by picking three or four points in space for corners.
EdgeSrf
Creates a surface by selecting two, three, or four existing curves whose ends
meet exactly.
PlanarSrf
Creates a surface from planar curves that enclose an area.
Patch
Creates a surface that approximates a set of curves and/or point objects.
Revolve
Revolves a curve around an axis to create a surface.
Loft
Creates a surface from shape curves; the normal, loose, and tight options make
a surface with no creases as it passes over the shape curves.
The StraightSections option creates a surface with creases at each shape curve
and straight sections between the shapes curves.
Sweep1
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Button
Command
Description
Sweep2
Creates a surface from shape curves that follow along two rail curves that define
two edges of the surface.
FilletSrf
Creates a fillet or round between two surfaces.
BlendSrf
Makes a smooth surface between two existing surfaces
RailRevolve
Revolves a shape curve holding one end along a rail curve. This command is
very useful for putting a smooth end cap on an irregularly shaped surface.
Extrude
Extrudes a curve perpendicular to the construction plane with option to taper the
surface with a draft angle.
Extrude AlongCurve
Extrudes a curve following along a second curve.
Extrude ToPoint
Extrudes a curve to a point.
Plane
Creates a rectangular planar surface parallel to the construction plane from two
diagonal points.
Plane 3Point
Creates a rectangular planar surface from 3 points.
Plane Vertical
Creates a rectangular planar surface from 3 points that is vertical to the
construction plane.
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Exercise 51—Basic techniques for making surfaces
1
Start a new model. Save as Surfaces.
In this exercise, you will model some simple surfaces.
2
Turn on Snap and Planar.
3
From the Surface menu, click Plane, then click Corner to Corner.
4
In the Top viewport, at the First corner of plane ( 3Point Vertical Center Deformable ) prompt,
pick a point.
5
At the Other corner or length prompt, pick another point to make a rectangular plane.
Plane
Look for this button
To create a vertical plane:
1
From the Surface menu, click Plane, and then click Vertical.
2
At the Start of edge … prompt, snap to the End point at the right side of the surface.
3
At the End of edge prompt, snap to the other End point at the right side of the surface.
4
At the Height. Press Enter to use width prompt, drag your cursor up and pick.
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To create a plane from 3 points:
1
From the Surface menu, click Plane, and then click 3 Points.
2
At the Start of edge … prompt, snap to the endpoint at the left of the first surface.
3
At the End of edge prompt, snap to the other endpoint at the left side of the first surface.
4
At the Width. Press Enter to use length prompt, pick a point in the Front viewport that is
angled to the left and the same height as the vertical surface.
Plane 3 Points
Look for this button
To create a plane from corner points:
1
From the Surface menu, click Corner Points.
2
At the First corner of surface prompt, snap to an endpoint at the edge of the first surface (1).
3
At the Second corner of surface prompt, snap to the endpoint at the edge of the first
surface (2).
4
At the Third corner of surface prompt, snap to an endpoint at the edge of the third surface (3).
5
At the Fourth corner of surface prompt, snap to the other endpoint at the edge of the third
surface (4).
Surface from 3 or 4 Corner Points
Look for this button
A surface will be created with corners at the points you selected.
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To create a plane from edge curves:
1
Draw a curve in the Top viewport that starts and ends at the top of the two vertical surfaces as
shown below.
Planar mode keeps this curve on the same plane as the surface corners.
2
From the Surface menu, click Edge Curves.
3
At the Select 2, 3, or 4 curves prompt, select the three surface edges and the curve you
created.
Surface from Edge Curves
Look for this button
A surface is created.
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To create a surface from planar curves:
1
From the Surface menu, click Planar Curves.
2
At the Select planar curves to build surface prompt, select the top edge of a surface you just
created.
3
At the Select planar curves to build surface. … prompt, select the other three edges and press
Enter.
Surface from Planar Curves
Look for this button
A surface is created.
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Exercise 52—Extruding surfaces
In this exercise, you will be creating a cordless phone using extrusions. To aid in organizing the
model, surface and curve layers have been created. Make sure you change layers as you are making
the extrusions.
1
Open the model Extrude.3dm.
2
Select the curve (1) as shown below.
3
From the Surface menu, click Extrude, and then click Straight.
4
At the Extrusion distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=No Mode=Straight ) prompt, type -3.5
and press Enter.
If the object being extruded is a planar curve, the curve is extruded perpendicular to the plane of
the curve.
5
Press Esc to unselect the curve.
6
Change to the Bottom Surface layer.
7
Repeat this process for the other curve (2).
Extrude
Look for this button
If you do not get the answer you
expected, undo and try picking
near the other end of the path
curve.
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To extrude a curve along another curve:
1
Change to the Top Surface layer.
2
Select the curve on the left (3).
3
From the Surface menu, click Extrude, and then click Along Curve.
4
At the Select path curve ( Cap=No Mode=AlongCurve ) prompt, select the path curve (4) near
its right end.
The curve is extruded along the path of the secondary curve.
5
Change to the Bottom Surface layer.
6
Repeat this process for the other curve (5).
Extrude Along Curve
Look for this button
To extrude a curve with a taper ( draft angle ):
1
Change to the Top Surface layer.
2
Select the curve on the right (1).
3
From the Surface menu, click Extrude, and then click Tapered.
4
At the Extrusion distance ( Direction DraftAngle=0 Cap=No Corners=Sharp Mode=Tapered )
prompt, click DraftAngle.
5
At the Draft angle <0> prompt, type 3 and press Enter.
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At the Extrusion distance ( Direction DraftAngle=3 Cap=No Corners=Sharp Mode=Tapered )
prompt, type .375 and press Enter.
The curve is extruded with a three-degree draft angle in the positive direction on the y-axis.
7
Change to the Bottom Surface layer.
8
Select the same curve.
9
From the Surface menu, click Extrude, and then click Tapered.
10 At the Extrusion distance ( Direction DraftAngle=3 Cap=No Corners=Sharp Mode=Tapered )
prompt, type -1.375 and press Enter.
The curve is extruded with a three-degree draft angle in the negative direction from the previous
extrusion.
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To create a surface from a planar curves:
1
Change to the Top Surface layer.
2
From the Surface menu, click Planar Curves.
3
At the Select planar curves to build surface prompt, select the edge curves that bound the
openings of the tapered extrusion at the top.
4
At the Select planar curves to build surface. … prompt, press Enter.
A surface is created at the end.
5
Change to the Bottom Surface layer.
6
Repeat this process for the other end.
7
Select all of the top surfaces.
8
From the Edit menu, click Join.
Surface from Planar Curves
Look for this button
4 surfaces or polysurfaces joined into 1.
9
Repeat this for the bottom surfaces.
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To create an extruded surface on both sides of a curve:
1
Turn on the Extrude Straight-bothsides layer.
2
Select the freeform curve as shown.
3
From the Surface menu, click Extrude, and then click Straight.
4
At the Extrusion distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=No Mode=Straight ) prompt, click
Bothsides.
5
At the Extrusion distance ( Direction BothSides=Yes Cap=No Mode=Straight ) prompt, in the
Front view drag so that it extends past the object and pick.
The curve is extruded symmetrically from the curve.
To split the surface:
1
Select the extruded surface.
2
From the Edit menu, click Split.
3
At the Select cutting objects. Press Enter to clear selection and start over ( Isocurve )
prompt, click Isocurve.
4
At the Split point ( Direction=U ) prompt, click Direction to change the direction of the isocurve
if necessary.
5
At the Split point ( Direction=V ) prompt, snap to the intersection where all three surfaces touch
in the Top viewport.
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At the Split point ( Direction=V ) prompt, press Enter.
7
Select the left part of the split surface.
8
From the Edit menu, click Layers, then click Change Object Layer.
9
Make the Top Surface layer current and turn off the Bottom Surface layer.
To join the surfaces using Boolean difference:
Next you will use a Boolean operation to join and trim the surface and the polysurface. Before you
start, you should analyze the surface to see which direction the surface normals are pointing and
adjust them if necessary. As a general rule, if the normals are pointing toward each other the
Boolean operations will work as expected.
1
Select the surface.
2
From the Analyze menu, click Direction.
3
At the Press Enter when done ( UReverse VReverse SwapUV Flip ) prompt, click to change the
direction or press Enter when it is pointing the direction as illustrated below.
4
Repeat this process for the polysurface.
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Select the polysurface.
6
From the Solid menu, click Difference.
7
At the Select second set of surfaces or polysurfaces ( DeleteInput=No ) prompt, click
DeleteInput.
8
At the Select second set of surfaces or polysurfaces. Press Enter when done
( DeleteInput=Yes ) prompt, pick the surface and then press Enter.
The surfaces are trimmed and joined.
9
Repeat this process for the bottom surfaces.
10 Use the FilletEdge command (Solid > Fillet Edge) with a radius of .2 to round the edges.
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To create an extruded surface from a curve to a point:
1
Turn on the Extrude to a point layer.
2
Select the U-shaped curve.
3
From the Surface menu, click Extrude, and then click To Point.
4
At the Point to extrude to ( Mode=ToPoint ) prompt, select the point object near the top
surface.
Extrude To Point
Look for this button
The curve is extruded to the point.
5
Use the BooleanDifference command (Solid menu: Difference) to remove the surface from the
top of the phone.
6
Repeat these steps for the bottom part of the phone.
7
Save your model as Phone.
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To create the buttons:
1
2
Turn on the Curves for Buttons layer.
In the Front view, window select the first column of buttons.
Three curves are selected.
.
3
From the Solid menu, click Extrude Solid, then click Straight.
4
At Extrusion distance ( Direction BothSides=No Cap=Yes Mode=Straight ) prompt, type -.2 and
press Enter.
5
Repeat these steps for the other columns of buttons.
6
Use the FilletEdge command (Solid > Fillet Edge) with a radius of .05 to round the edges.
The button edges are rounded.
7
Save your model.
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Exercise 53—Lofted surfaces
1
Open the model Loft.3dm.
2
Window select all of the curves.
3
From the Surface menu, click Loft.
A surface is fitted over the curves.
Loft
Look for this button
4
In the Loft Options dialog box, switch Style to Straight sections, then click Preview.
A surface is fitted through the curves, but the sections are straight between the curves.
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In the Loft Options dialog box, switch Style to Loose, then click Preview.
A surface is created that uses the same control points as the curves. The surface follows the
curves more loosely.
Use this option when you want the surface to conform to the control points of the input curve.
6
In the Loft Options dialog box, switch Style to Normal, then click OK.
7
Mirror the surface to create the other half and Join the two halves.
To make a seat:
1
Turn the Hull Curves layer off and turn the Seat Curves, and Seat layers on.
2
Make the Seat Curves layer current.
3
In the Front view, select the rounded rectangles.
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From the Curve menu, click Curve From Objects, and then click Project.
5
At the Select surfaces or polysurfaces to project onto prompt, select the hull.
The curves will be projected to both sides of the hull surface.
6
Select the curves on the surface.
7
From the Surface menu, click Loft.
8
At the Adjust curve seams ( Flip Automatic Natural ) prompt, press Enter.
A surface is fitted over the curves that fits exactly with the shape of the hull.
To create section curves from the surfaces:
1
Select the hull.
2
Change to the Section layer.
3
From the Curve menu, click Curve From Objects, and then click Section.
4
At the Start of section prompt, in the Top viewport, pick a point to the left at the center of the
hull.
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At the End of section prompt, with Ortho on, drag a line to the right and pick.
A curve is generated on the surface. Repeat this at various locations.
To create contour curves across the hull surfaces:
1
Select the hull.
2
Change to the Contour layer.
3
From the Curve menu, click Curve From Objects, and then click Contour.
4
At the Contour plane base point ( Range ) prompt, snap to the left end of the canoe.
5
At the Direction perpendicular to contour planes prompt snap to the right end of the canoe.
6
At the Distance between contours <1> prompt, press Enter.
A curve is generated every foot along the hull.
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To create an edge curve from the surfaces:
1
Change to the Top Rail layer.
2
From the Curve menu, click From Objects, and then click Duplicate Edge.
3
At the Select edges to duplicate prompt, pick the top edge of the hull.
4
At the Select edges to duplicate. Press Enter when done prompt, pick the other top edge and
press Enter.
A curve is generated at the edge of the surface.
5
Turn off the Hull layer.
You have a wireframe of curves that duplicate the hull surface.
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Exercise 54—Revolved surfaces
1
Open the model Revolve.3dm.
2
Select the free-form curve
3
From the Surface menu, click Revolve.
4
At the Start of revolve axis prompt, select one end of the curve.
5
At the End of revolve axis prompt, select the other end of the curve.
6
Revolve
Look for this button
In the Revolve Options dialog box, click OK.
A surface is revolved around the axis line.
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Exercise 55—Using a rail revolve
Rail Revolve lets you revolve around an axis and along a path curve.
To create a rail revolve:
1
Open the model Rail Revolve.3dm.
2
Select the conic shaped curve.
3
From the Surface menu, click Rail Revolve.
4
At the Select rail curve ( ScaleHeight=No ) prompt, select the path curve.
5
At the Start of RailRevolve axis prompt, select one end of the axis line.
6
At the End of RailRevolve axis prompt, select the other end of the axis line.
Rail Revolve
A surface is revolved around the axis that follows along the curve at the end of the object.
7 Turn the Bowl layer on and other layers off.
8
Use Rail Revolve to make a bowl.
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Exercise 56—Using 1-rail sweeps to create surfaces
1
Open the model 1 Rail Sweep.3dm.
2
Select the three curves on the left.
3
From the Surface menu, click Sweep 1 Rail.
4
At the Adjust curve seams ( Flip Automatic Natural ) prompt, press Enter.
Sweep along 1 Rail
Look for this button
5
In the Sweep 1 Rail Options dialog box, click OK.
The two cross section shapes are blended along the rail curve to form the surface.
To create a 1-rail sweep to a point:
1
From the Surface menu, click Sweep 1 Rail.
2
At the Select rail curve prompt, select the free-form curve on the right.
3
At the Select cross section curves ( Point ) prompt, select the circle.
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At the Select cross section curves ( Point ) prompt, click Point.
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At the Pick end point prompt, select the other end of the free-form curve.
6
In the Sweep 1 Rail Options dialog box, then click OK.
The cross-section will sweep to a point to form the surface.
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Exercise 57—Using 2-rail sweeps to create surfaces
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Open the model 2 Rail Sweep.3dm.
To create the base part:
1
Change to the Base Surface layer.
2
From the Surface menu, click Sweep 2 Rails.
3
At the Select rail curves prompt, select the two profile curves.
Sweep along 2 Rails
Look for this button
4
At the Select cross section curves ( Point ) prompt, select the cross-section curves.
5
At the Select cross section curves ( Point ) prompt, press Enter.
6
At the Adjust curve seams ( Flip Automatic Natural ) prompt, press Enter.
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In the Sweep 2 Rails Options dialog box, click OK.
A surface is created whose edges match the rail curves.
To create the housing:
1
Turn the Housing Surface, Housing Curves, and Mirror layers on.
2
Make the Housing Surface layer current.
3
From the Surface menu, click Sweep 2 Rails.
4
At the Select rail curves prompt, select the two rail curves.
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At the Select cross section curves ( Point ) prompt, select the outer edge of the cylinder, and
then press Enter.
6
At the Adjust curve seams ( Flip Automatic Natural ) prompt, press Enter.
7
In the Sweep 2 Rails Options dialog box, click OK.
A surface is created.
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To join the two parts:
1
2
Select the base and the housing surfaces.
From the Solid menu, click Union.
The two parts are joined and trimmed.
3
Use the FilletEdge command (Solid menu: Fillet Edge) with a radius of .25 to round the
intersecting edge.
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Exercise 58—Using a network of curves to create surfaces
1
Open the model Networksurf.3dm.
2
From the Surface menu, click Curve Network.
3
At the Select curves in network ( NoAutoSort )
cross-section curves, and press Enter.
4
In the Surface From Curve Network dialog box, change the edge matching to Curvature,
click OK.
prompt, select the two edge curves and the
A surface is created that has curvature continuity with the other two surfaces.
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Exercise 59— Practice using one-rail sweeps:
In this exercise you use one rail sweeps to make an end table with free-form tapered legs.
To create the legs:
1
Open the model Table.3dm.
2
From the Surface menu, click Sweep 1 Rail.
3
At the Select rail curve prompt, select the path curve for the leg.
4
At the Select cross section curves ( Point ) prompt, select the shape curve for both ends of the
leg.
5
At the Select cross section curves. Press Enter when done ( Point ) prompt, press Enter.
6
At the Adjust curve seams ( Flip Automatic Natural ) prompt, press Enter.
7
In the Sweep 1 Rail Options dialog box, click OK.
The table leg is created. Note the nice transition from one cross-section curve to the other.
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To create the brace:
1
Change to the Braces layer.
2
Repeat the previous process to create the brace.
To create the top:
1
Change to the Top layer.
2
From the Surface menu, click Sweep 1 Rail.
3
At the Select rail curve prompt, select the ellipse.
4
At the Select cross section curves ( Point ) prompt, select the shape curve.
5
At the Select cross section curves. Press Enter when done ( Point ) prompt, press Enter.
6
In the Sweep 1 Rail Options dialog box, click OK.
The surface for the rim of top is created.
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To finish the table:
1
2
Select all of the surfaces you created.
From the Solid menu, click Cap Planar Holes.
Six caps were created.
3
Use Mirror to copy the brace and the leg to finish the model.
Mirror them around 0,0 in the Top viewport.
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Exercise 60— Creating a toy hammer:
In this exercise you will use most of the techniques that you’ve learned in the previous sessions.
Some models require more attention to detail. This is an example of a model that requires precise
modeling techniques. This exercise also requires a number of different surface creation techniques.
The technical drawing is included to help you create a very precise model.
1
Open the model Hammer.
2
The following layers have been created: Construction, Curve, Handle, Tang, Head, Hole, and
Claw.
ALL FILLETS AND ROUNDS 2 MM.
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Draw outlines for the hammer in the Top viewport.
Drawing outlines helps while drawing the curves. You can either draw lines, polylines, or
rectangles to create the outlines. Use the dimensions on the technical drawing to get accurate
outlines.
To create the claw:
When modeling the shape of the claw, you will use circles, arcs, and curves. You can trim the
circles and arcs and then join them together to create a closed curve. You can rebuild the curve
and adjust the control points to get a more sculptural shape.
1
Change to the Curve layer
2
Draw a curve defining the shape of the claw in the Top viewport.
You can use a free-form curve or use a combination of arcs and circles that are trimmed and
joined to create the curve. Following is a step-by-step approach to creating the curve for the claw
part of the hammer using arcs and circles.
Start by drawing two circles.
3
Use the Circle command (Curve menu: Circle > Tangent to 3 curves) to create a circle at the
lower end of the claw.
Draw the circles tangent to the construction geometry.
4
Use the Circle command (Curve menu: Circle > Tangent, Tangent, Radius) to create a circle at
the upper end of the claw that is tangent to the upper right corner with a 4 mm radius.
Draw the circles tangent to the construction geometry.
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Use the Arc command (Curve menu: Arc > Tangent, Tangent, Radius) to create arcs that are
tangent to the two circles.
6
Use the Trim command (Edit menu: Trim) to trim the inside part of the circles.
7
Use the Join command (Edit menu: Join) to join the arc segments.
8
Change to the Claw layer.
9
Select the joined segments.
10 Use the Extrude command (Solid menu: Extrude > Straight) to extrude the curve on both sides
of the construction plane.
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To create the head:
1
Change to the Curve layer.
2
Use the Curve command (Curve menu: Free-form > Control Points) to create the curve for the
cross-section of the head.
Make sure the curve intersects the claw part. This makes joining the two pieces easier.
3
Change to the Head layer.
4
Use the Revolve command (Surface menu: Revolve) to revolve the curve.
Use the midpoint of the construction line for the revolve axis.
5
Save your model.
To create slot for the claw part of the hammer:
1
Use the Curve command (Curve menu: Free-form > Control Points) to draw a curve for the
slotted part of the claw.
Make sure the curve is symmetrical.
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Use the Line command (Curve menu: Line > Single Line) to draw a line between the endpoints.
3
Use the Join command (Edit menu: Join) to join the curve and the line.
4
Drag the closed curve closer to the claw.
5
Use the Rotate command (Transform menu: Rotate) to rotate the curve to align more closely with
the curve of the claw.
6
Change to the Claw layer.
7
Use the Extrude command (Solid menu: Extrude > Straight) to extrude the curve through the
claw.
8
Save your model.
9
Use the BooleanDifference command (Solid menu: Difference) to subtract the slot from the
claw.
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To finish the claw:
1
Use the BooleanUnion command (Solid menu: Difference) to join the head with the claw.
2
Use the FilletEdge command (Solid menu: Fillet Edge) to make the fillets around the top and
bottom of the claw, the slot, and the intersection between the head and the claw.
3
Save your model.
To create the shape curve for the tang and the handle:
Create the shape curve for the tang in the Right viewport. This curve will also be used for the
handle.
1
Change to the Curve layer and turn on Ortho.
2
Use the Curve command (Curve menu: Free-form > Control Points) to draw a curve for the upper
cross-section of the tang.
Make sure the curve is symmetrical.
3
Save your model
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To create the tang:
1
Use the Curve command (Curve menu: Free-form > Control Points) to draw one of the curves for
the tang of the hammer.
Make sure that it intersects the claw.
2
Use the Mirror command (Transform menu: Mirror) to create the other curve.
3
Change to the Tang layer.
4
Use the Sweep2 command (Surface menu: Sweep 2 Rails) to make the surface.
To finish the tang:
1
Use the Mirror command (Transform menu: Mirror) to make the other half of the tang.
2
Select both halves.
3
Use the Join command (Edit menu: Join) to join the two surfaces.
4
Select the joined surfaces.
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Use the Cap command (Solid menu: Cap Planar Holes) to make the tang a closed polysurface.
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Save your model.
To finish the hammer head:
1
Select the tang and the claw.
2
Use the BooleanUnion command (Solid menu: Difference) to join the tang with the claw and the
head.
3
Use the FilletEdge command (Solid menu: Fillet Edge) to make the fillets at the intersection
between the tang and the claw.
The edge has a round on it.
4
Save your model.
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To create the handle:
1
Change to the Curve layer.
2
Use the Curve command (Curve menu: Free-form > Control Points) to draw a curve for the top
edge of the handle.
Make it start at the endpoint of the tang profile curve and end on the centerline.
3
Use the Mirror command (Transform menu: Mirror) to make the other half.
4
Change to the Handle layer.
5
Use the Sweep2 command (Surface menu: Sweep 2 Rails) to make the surface using the tang
curve as the profile curve.
A surface is created.
6
Select the surface.
7
Use the Mirror command (Transform menu: Mirror) to make the other half.
8
Select both halves.
9
Use the Join command (Edit menu: Join) to join the two surfaces.
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10 Use the Cap command (Solid menu: Cap Planar Holes) to cap the open end.
11 Save your model.
To create the hole for the handle:
1
Use the Circle command (Curve menu: Circle > Center, Radius) to make a circle 25mm from the
end of the handle.
You may have to draw a construction line to help you position the circle.
2
Use the Extrude command (Solid menu: Extrude > Straight) to extrude the curve on both sides
of the construction plane.
Make sure the extrusion intersects both sides of the handle.
3
Save your model.
4
Use the BooleanDifference command (Solid menu: Difference) to subtract the hole from the
handle.
5
Use the FilletEdge command (Solid menu: Fillet Edge) to make the fillets at the edges of the
hole.
The edges have rounds on them.
6
Save your model.
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Exercise 61— Creating a squeeze bottle:
Some models require more attention to detail. This is an example of a model that requires precise
modeling techniques. This exercise also requires a number of different surface creation
techniques.
The technical drawing is included to help you create a very precise model.
1
Start a new model. Use the Inches.3dm template.
2
Save as Bottle.
3
Make the following layers: Construction, Curve, Bottle, BottleTop, Threads, Cap1, Cap2, and
CapTop.
4
Change to the Construction layer.
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Create the bottle shape
To create the bottle shape, you will draw curves that defines the bottom and top edge, and then draw
a curve that represents the side shape. You will then create a surface from these defining curves.
To draw the construction curves:
1
Use the Rectangle command (Curve menu: Rectangle > Corner to Corner) to make rectangles in
the Front and Right views that define the overall size of the bottle shape of the bottle.
The rectangles will be used as guides for building the bottle curves.
2
Use the Lock command (Edit menu: Visibility > Lock) to lock the two rectangles.
3
Use the Ellipse command (Curve menu: Ellipse > From Center) to make the shape for the bottom
of the bottle.
4
Snap to the intersection of the rectangles for the center of the ellipse.
5
Use the Move command (Transform menu: Move) to move the ellipse up .25 in the Front view.
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Use the Circle command (Curve menu: Circle > Center, Radius) to draw a circle for the top shape
of the bottle.
7
Snap to the intersection at the top of the rectangles for the center of the circle.
To draw the edge curve:
1
Change to the Curve layer.
2
Use the Curve command (Curve menu: Free-Form > Control Points) to define the edge of the
bottle in the Front viewport.
Use the rectangle and object snaps to help you establish the correct size. The curve will be used to
create the surface of the bottle.
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To create the surface for the bottle:
1
2
Change to the Bottle layer.
Use the Sweep2 command (Surface menu: Sweep 2 Rails) to make the bottle surface
The ellipse and the circle will be the rails. The curve you created will be the shape curve.
3
In the Sweep 2 Rails Options dialog box, click OK.
Two-Rail Sweep
Cap the top and bottom
If you close the bottle, thereby creating a solid, Rhino can calculate the bottle’s volume. If you were
creating this bottle in real life, knowing the volume would be important. Normally, a bottle would have
to be designed to hold a specified volume.
If the edges of the remaining open surfaces are planar curves, you can use the Cap command to close
them. The open edges on the bottle are the top circle and the bottom rounded rectangle, and they are
planar.
To cap the top and bottom:
1
Select the surface.
2
Use the Cap command (Solid menu: Cap Planar Holes) to close the holes.
Cap Planer Holes
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Flatten the sides
You will notice in the Right viewport that the bottle bulges too much. You will create custom surfaces
to trim the bulges away.
To create the trimming surface:
1
Change to the Curve layer.
2
In the Right viewport, draw two curves to approximate the shape at the edge of the bottle and
the middle of the bottle.
3
The technical drawing gives dimensions for these curves, but for this exercise you can use the
construction rectangles to help. If you would like to go further, try to figure out on your own how
to draw the curves to the exact specifications.
4
In the Front viewport move the curve with more curvature to align with the edge of larger
rectangle.
5
Mirror the edge curve to the opposite side.
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Select the three curves you just created.
7
Use the Loft command (Surface menu: Loft) to make the cutting surface.
8
In the Loft Options dialog box, click OK.
A lofted surface intersects the bottle.
9
Loft
Mirror the surface to the other side of the bottle.
10 Save your model.
To remove the surface from the bottle:
1
Change to the Bottle layer.
2
Use the Dir command (Analyze menu: Direction) to check the surface normal direction. Flip the
normals if necessary.
The normals should be pointing toward the center of the bottle.
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Select the bottle.
4
Use the BooleanDifference command (Solid menu: Difference) to subtract the two lofted
surfaces from the bottle.
The bottle is now a closed solid.
5
Boolean Difference
Use the FilletEdge command (Solid menu: Fillet Edge) to round off the sharp edges by adding a
smooth radius between the edges.
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Create the bottle’s top
To create the bottle throat, you are going to revolve a profile curve to create the surface, and then
subtract threads.
To create the profile curve:
1
Change to the Curve layer.
2
In the Front viewport, use the Lines command (Curve menu: Line > Line Segments) and the Arc
command (Curve menu: Arc > Center, Start, Angle) to create a profile curve for the outside and
the inside of the top.
3
Use the drawing below to draw the correct dimensions.
4
Begin the drawing anywhere in the viewport.
You will move it to a precise location after it is made.
5
Use the Join command (Edit menu: Join) to join the segments together.
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Tip
When drawing line segments, you can use object snaps, the distance constraint, and
ortho to draw precisely. For example, for the first line type .5,7.25 for the starting point, then
simply type .25 to constrain the line to .25 units. Turn Ortho on and drag the line to the right
and click. The line stops at .25 units from the beginning of the line. For the vertical line on the
left, use the End object snap to pick the end of the first line, type .375 to constrain the
distance, and drag the line up.
6
Use the Move command (Transform menu: Move) to move the profile from the midpoint of the
bottom edge to the quadrant of the top of the bottle.
7
Change to the Bottle Top layer.
To create the top surface:
1
Select the profile curve.
2
Use the Revolve command (Surface menu: Revolve) to make the surface.
3
In the Revolve Options dialog box, click Delete curve to revolve, and click OK.
The top is created.
Revolve
Note: Practice additional surface modeling techniques by creating threads on the bottle top and the
caps for the model. Use the technical drawing to help.
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Adding the threads
To add the threads, you will sweep a profile shape along a path drawn with the Helix command.
To create the path curve helix:
1
Change to the Curve layer.
2
From the Curve menu, click Helix.
3
At the Start of axis ( Vertical AroundCurve ) prompt, snap to the center point at the bottom of
the area to be threaded.
4
At the End of axis prompt, snap to the center at the top of the area to be threaded.
5
At the Radius and start point <1.000> ( Diameter Mode=Pitch Turns=1.25 Pitch=0.25
ReverseTwist=No ) prompt, click Turns.
6
At the Number of turns <1.250> prompt, type 1.5 and press Enter.
7
At the Radius and start point <1.000> … prompt, pick a point near the edge that is slightly
smaller than the outside edge of the area to be threaded.
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To draw the thread profile:
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Draw a triangle using the Polygon command for the thread as shown below.
2
Select the triangle you created.
3
From the Transform menu, click Array, and then click Along Curve.
4
At the Select path curve ( Basepoint ) prompt, select the helix near the bottom.
5
In the Array Along Curve Options dialog, change the number of items to 5 and click Roadlike.
6
At the Click in a viewport to choose a CPlane prompt, click in the Top viewport.
It might be a good idea at this point to change your perspective view so you can see the profile
curves more easily.
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Delete the first and last profile curve.
You will use the remaining profile curves to create a surface.
To create the thread surface:
1
Change to the BottleTop layer.
You can see the helix and profile curves easier if you Hide the bottle top at this point.
Use the Sweep1 command to create a surface that starts a point at one end of the helix, goes
through each profile, and ends at a point at the other end of the helix.
2
From the Surface menu, click Sweep 1 Rail.
3
At the Select rail curve prompt, select the helix.
4
To start the surface at a point, at the Select cross-section curves ( Point ) prompt, type P, and
press Enter.
5
At the Pick start point prompt, use the End object snap to pick one end of the helix.
6
At the Select cross-section curves ( Point ) prompt, select the profile curves in order.
7
To end the surface at a point, at the Select cross-section curves ( Point ) prompt, type P, and
press Enter.
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At the Pick end point prompt, use the End object snap to pick the other end of the helix.
9
At the Adjust curve seams ( Flip Automatic Natural ) prompt, press Enter.
10 In the Sweep 1 Rail Options dialog box, change the Style to Roadlike Top, and click OK.
11 Show the bottle top.
12 Select the helical thread and the bottle top.
13 Use the BooleanUnion command (Solid menu: Union) to join the thread and the bottle top.
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Importing and
Exporting Models
Rhino supports many different import and export formats, making it possible to model in Rhino and
then export your model to downstream processes. For a complete list of import and export options
refer to Rhino Help. Search the index for “import and export.”
Importing and Exporting Rhino File Information
When you export to a format like 3DS, STL or DWG, Rhino has to convert from smooth NURBS
surfaces to a polygon mesh representation made of triangles. To do a good approximation of the
curved surfaces, Rhino can sometimes use a lot of polygons. The density of triangles can be adjusted
when exporting. You can create a mesh object and export it, or Rhino can create the mesh during the
export process.
There are two methods to export models to other formats. You can “Save As” and choose a specific
export format to export an entire model. You can select some objects and “Export Selected” then
choose a specific export format to export a portion of the model. In the following exercise you will use
the “Save As” method to export three of the most common file formats.
Exercise 62— Exporting models
To export a model to a mesh format:
1
Open the model Export.3dm.
2
From the File menu, click Save As.
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In the Save As dialog box, change the Save as type to Stereolithography (*.stl).
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In the file name box type Export and click Save.
5
In the STL Export Options dialog box, click Binary, check Export open objects and click OK.
6
In the Polygon Mesh Options dialog box, click Preview.
Flat shade of the render mesh.
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Adjust the slider to the left for Fewer polygons and click Preview.
Flat shade of the mesh.
8
Move slider all the way to the left and Preview.
9
Adjust the slider until you get the desired mesh, then click OK.
Flat shade of the mesh.
Detailed mesh controls are discussed in more depth in the Level 2 training class.
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To export a model to IGES:
1
From the File menu, click Save As.
2
In the Save As dialog box, change the Save as type to IGES (*.igs).
3
In the IGES Export Options dialog box, select Pro E Windows solids as the IGES type, click
Detailed Controls.
Detailed controls allows the user more input.
4
Click Cancel to terminate, or OK to create the IGES file.
To export a model to STEP:
1
From the File menu, click Save As.
2
In the Save As dialog box, change the Save as type to STEP (*.stp, *.step).
3
In the STEP Options dialog box, use the default setting.
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Rendering
Rendering is available for showing your model as if it was photographed. While the Rhino renderer
may be good enough for much of your work, use another rendering program such as Rhino’s Flamingo
plug-in for higher quality results. Flamingo is available as a plug-in to Rhino 2.0. Visit
www.flamingo3d.com for more information.
Rhino’s renderer uses color, spotlights, displays shadows, and does antialiasing. It also allows the
attachment of textures and bump maps. In this exercise we will focus on the full rendering capability.
Exercise 63— Practice rendering a model
1
Open the model Render.3dm.
2
From the Render menu, click Current Renderer, then click Rhino Render.
3
Right click on the Perspective title bar, then click Rendered display.
The viewport mimics but does not exactly duplicate what you will get in a Render.
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To assign a color to the handle:
1
In the Layers dialog box, click on the Materials column for the Handle layer.
Render
2
In the Material dialog box, click Basic,
To give the handle a highlight, change the Reflective finish setting.
A highlight of 0 means that the object is not shiny at all and it will not have a specular highlight. A
low value of highlight makes the shiny spot to be small, and the object will look glossier. As the
highlight increases in value, the shiny spot gets large—this makes the object look more like it is
made out of a reflective material.
The shiny spot only appears when you are looking at an object at a certain angle relative to the
angle of the light.
3
Change the Reflective finish setting to 90, then click the Color swatch.
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In the Select Color dialog box, select a color, like Red, and click OK.
5
Repeat the steps above to assign a material to the Blade layer.
6
From the Render menu, click Render.
A display window appears with the current viewport rendered in colors, but it will probably lack
detail. You can close the Display Window without disturbing your model. Placing lights will add
depth and detail to the rendered image.
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To place a light:
Start with a standard lighting scheme. You can experiment to develop your own lighting schemes
later.
1
Zoom out in the Top and the Front viewport.
2
Change to the Lights layer.
3
From the Render menu, click Create Spotlight.
4
At the Base of cone ( Vertical Diameter 3Point Tangent AroundCurve ) prompt, pick a point
near the center of the screwdriver and slightly above it in the Front viewport.
5
At the Radius <1> ( Diameter ) prompt, pick a point so that the radius is larger than the entire
screwdriver in the Top viewport.
6
At the End of cone prompt, hold down the control key, and pick a point below and to the left in
the Top viewport.
Spotlight
This starts elevator mode.
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At the End of cone prompt, click above the object in the Front viewport.
This will be your main light.
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Click in the Perspective viewport.
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From the Render menu, click Render.
The image has some highlights and shadows.
To place a second light:
1
Zoom out in the Top and the Front viewport.
2
From the Render menu, click Create Spotlight.
3
At the Base of cone ( Vertical ) prompt, pick a point to the right and slightly below the
screwdriver and covers about half of it in the Top viewport.
4
At the Radius <1> ( Diameter ) prompt, pick a point so that the radius is larger than the entire
screwdriver in the Top viewport.
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At the End of cone prompt, click to the right and slightly below the object in the Top viewport.
This will be your secondary (fill) light.
To assign properties to the light:
1
Select the new light.
2
From the Edit menu, click Object Properties.
3
On the Light page, change the Shadow intensity to 30 and the Spotlight hardness to 60.
Experiment with these settings to get the desired effect.
4
Click in the Perspective viewport.
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From the Render menu, click Render.
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To add a bumpy surface to the handle:
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In the Layers dialog box, click on the Materials column for the Handle layer.
2
In the Material dialog box, click the Bump button.
You can use any bitmap file for a bump. The bumps come from the pattern of light and dark in the
bitmap image.
3
In the Open Bitmap File dialog box, select Pattern.jpg, then click Open.
4
Click OK to close the Material dialog box.
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From the Render menu, click Render.
The surface of the handle has a bumpy appearance.
To add a texture to the handle:
1
In the Layers dialog box, click on the Materials column for the Handle layer.
2
In the Material dialog box, clear the Bump field.
3
In the Material dialog box, click the Texture button.
4
In the Open Bitmap File dialog box, select Wood.jpg, then click Open.
5
Click OK to close the Material dialog box.
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From the Render menu, click Render.
The surface of the handle is textured with a wood grain texture.
To make the handle transparent:
1
In the Layers dialog box, click on the Materials column for the Handle layer.
2
In the Material dialog box, clear the Texture field.
3
In the Material dialog box, change the Transparency setting to 50.
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From the Render menu, click Render.
The handle will look transparent.
To add a surface for a ground plane:
1
Use the Plane command (Surface menu: Plane > Corner to Corner) to draw a flat surface in the
Top viewport.
2
Select the surface.
3
Use the Properties command (Edit menu: Object Properties...) on the Material page, click
Basic.
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In the Texture section assign the Wood.jpg to the plane.
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From the Render menu, click Render.
Rendering with Flamingo
In this part of the exercise you will use Flamingo to assign materials from the material library and set
up an environment. You will use the same lights and model.
To assign a material:
1
Select the flat surface.
2
Use the Hide command (Edit menu: Visibility > Hide) to hide it.
3
From the Render menu, click Current Renderer, then click Flamingo Raytrace.
4
In the Layers dialog box, click on the Materials column for the Handle layer.
5
In the Material dialog box, click Plug-in, then click Browse.
6
In the Material Library dialog box, in the Plastics library, in the Transparent folder, select a
material, then press OK.
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In the Material dialog box, press OK.
8
Repeat this process for the Blade layer.
9
Choose a shiny metal material, like Metal\Steel\Polished\Plain.
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10 Render the model.
To set up an environment:
1
Use the Options command (Tools menu: Options...) to setup the Flamingo environment options
2
In the Rhino Options dialog box, on the Flamingo page, click the Environment button.
3
On the Environment dialog box, change to a 3 Color Gradient.
Use the default setting.
4
Check the Ground Plane check box.
5
On the Ground Plane page, click the Material button, and select a material for the ground plane,
like Metal\Aluminum\Satin\Checker Plate.
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On the Environment dialog box, press OK.
7
On the Rhino Options dialog box, press OK.
8
Render the model.
Notice that you also get reflections.
Flamingo rendering is covered in more depth in Level 2 training.
For extra practice use the canoe you made in the loft exercise.
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Dimensions
Dimensions
You can create simple dimensions that are visible when you are looking at the plan view of the
construction plane.
Dimension Types
Button
Command
Description
Dim
Creates a horizontal or a vertical dimension.
DimAligned
Creates an aligned dimension.
DimRotated
Creates a rotated dimension.
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Command
Description
DimAngle
Creates an angular dimension.
DimRadius
Creates a radius dimension.
DimDiameter
Creates a diameter dimension.
Text
Creates 2-D annotation text.
Leader
Draw an arrow leader.
Properties
Edit dimensions and text.
DimRecenterText
Returns text that has been moved away from its default position to its original
location.
Make2-D
Creates curves from the selected objects as silhouettes relative to the active
construction plane. The silhouette curves are projected flat and then placed on
the world x,y-plane.
Exercise 64— Practice dimensioning
1
Open the model Dimension.3dm.
2
From the File menu, click Properties.
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In the Rhino Options dialog box, on the Dimensions page, make the following changes.
4
From the Dimension menu, click Linear Dimension.
5
At the First dimension point ( Style ) prompt, snap to the lower left end of the part in Top
viewport.
6
At the Second dimension point prompt, snap to the lower right end of the part in the Top
viewport.
7
At the Dimension location ( Vertical Horizontal ) prompt, pick a point below the part in the Top
viewport.
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From the Dimension menu, click Radial Dimension.
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At the Select curve for radius dimension ( Style ) prompt, select the lower left quadrant of the
arc in the Front viewport.
10 At the Dimension location prompt, click to place the dimension text.
To move extension line or text
locations for dimensions, turn on
control points for the dimension
and move the control points.
11 Dimension the rest of the drawing using leaders, text blocks, horizontal, vertical, radius, and
diameter dimensions.
12 Save your model.
Making a 2-D Drawing from a 3-D Model
Rhino has the ability to generate a two-dimensional drawing from a three-dimensional model, by
projecting the geometry to the world coordinate plane, and aligning the views. Options for first angle
projection or third angle projection are available. In addition to the three orthographic views, a
two-dimensional perspective drawing is also generated. Hidden lines are removed and placed on a
separate layer.
Options for creating four views: three parallel viewports and a perspective viewport, or single views of
individual viewports are supported.
The Make2D command makes a two-dimensional drawing for all four views.
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Exercise 65— Practice making a 2-D drawing for export
1
Open the model Make2D.3dm.
2
From the Dimension menu, click Make 2-D Drawing.
3
In the Make2D Options dialog box, click 4-view (USA) and check Show hidden lines, and
then click OK.
The 2-D drawings are created on the Top CPlane near the origin on the world xy plane. View them
in the Top viewport.
4
Dimension the 2D drawing.
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To export the 2-D drawing to AutoCAD:
1
Select the 2-D geometry and the dimensions.
2
From the File menu, click Export Selected.
3
Change the Save as type to AutoCAD DWG, the File name to Bracket.dwg, then click Save.
4
In the AutoCAD Export Options dialog box, AutoCAD Version 2000, Save Curves as
Polylines, Save Surfaces as Polygon meshes, Save Polygon meshes as Polyface meshes,
check Use Simple Entities, click OK.
The 2-D geometry, layers and dimensions are translated to AutoCAD’s .DWG format.
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Printing
Printing a wireframe image of your model directly from Rhino is supported. Options for scaling and
printing in color are available. Images in the current viewport or all viewports can be printed. Rhino
uses your windows printing device for output. While printing to scale is supported, hidden line removal
is not supported. Use the Make2D command to generate hidden-line views to print.
Exercise 66— Practice printing
1
Open the model Printing.3dm.
2
Click in the Top viewport.
3
From the File menu, click Print Setup.
4
In the Print Setup dialog box, click Landscape, adjust any other options appropriate for your
printer or plotter, then click OK.
5
From the File menu, click Print.
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In the Print dialog box, choose the following settings:
Under Print area, click View.
Under Print scale, select Scaled to Fit.
Under Print offset click Center objects on paper.
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Click OK.
The Top viewport will be printed.
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To print the current viewport to a scale:
1
From the File menu, click Print.
2
In the Print dialog box, change Print scale to 1:20, then click OK.
To print a rendered image:
1
Open the model Render.3dm.
2
From the Render menu, click Render.
3
In the render window, from the File menu, click Print.
The rendered image will be printed to your default Windows printing device, which may be
different from what you set in Print Setup.
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Customizing Workspaces and Toolbars
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Rhino Settings
Options
The Rhino Options dialog box displays most of the settings that affect your modeling environment.
Use it to toggle the settings or redefine them.
The Document Properties settings are saved with the Rhino model. The Rhino Options settings are
saved in the Windows registry and affect every Rhino model.
Exercise 67— Practice with options
To change modeling aids:
1
From the Tools menu, click Options.
2
In the Rhino Options dialog box, click the Modeling Aids page.
The Modeling Aids page controls Grid Snap, Ortho, Planar mode, and Object Snap options.
These options can be toggled on and off from the dialog box or from the status bar. To change the
options for Ortho or object snap, type new values in the boxes. In an earlier exercise you changed
the Ortho setting so that it snapped every 30 degrees.
Options
In the object snap area, Project object snap to CPlane projects the snap point to the
construction plane even though the object snap point might be in 3-D space.
To change Rhino’s screen appearance:
1
Click the Appearance page.
The Appearance page controls the appearance of the Rhino window.
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Click the gray rectangle next to Background color and change it to a different color.
3
Check the Crosshairs box.
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To change or create shortcuts:
1
Open the Keyboard page.
The Keyboard page sets up shortcut keys for Rhino commands.
2
Type DisableOsnap in the box next to the F4 key.
This gives you a key that toggles your persistent object snaps between on and disabled.
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To change or create command aliases:
1
Click the Aliases page.
The command Aliases page allows the user to create custom aliases for Rhino commands.
2
Click New.
A cursor moves into the white area of the dialog box.
3
4
Type L, then press the tab key.
Type ! Lines.
The exclamation point acts as a cancel.
Now you will be able to type L and press Enter at the command line, to begin the Lines
command.
To change view options:
Click the View page.
The View page has pan, zoom, rotate, and redraw controls.
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To change general options:
Click the General page.
The General page the number of undos retained in memory, startup commands, recent command
list limit, AutoSave control, and do not repeat commands, default isocurve density for new
surfaces.
To set file options:
1
Click the Files page.
The Files page sets the location of template files and the autosave files.
2
Click OK to close the Options dialog box.
3
Try the Lines alias and the DisableOsnap toggle.
Note how your cursor has changed.
Document Properties
Document properties are all of the settings that are saved with the Rhino model.
Exercise 68— Practice with document properties
Document Properties
To change the grid:
1
2
From the File menu, click Properties.
Click the Grid page.
The Grid page configures grid, grid axes, and axis icons. You changed the snap spacing in an
earlier exercise.
To change render options:
1
Click the Rhino Render or Flamingo page.
The Render page controls most of the render options.
2
Click the Mesh page.
This page controls the mesh properties. It will also affect performance.
To set units:
Click the Units page.
The Units page controls the unit system and the tolerance settings.
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Custom Toolbar Layouts
The toolbar layout is the arrangement of toolbars containing command buttons on the screen. The
toolbar layout is stored in a toolbar collection file that you can open and save. Rhino comes with a
default toolbar layout, and automatically saves the active toolbar layout before closing. You can create
your own custom layouts and save them for later use.
You must use an external file manager to delete a toolbar collection file.
Exercise 69— Customizing a toolbar layout
1
Begin a new model.
2
From the Tools menu, click Toolbar Layout.
3
In the Toolbars dialog box, click Save As.
4
In the Save Workspace As dialog box, in the File name box type Level 1, and click Save.
A new toolbar collection file has been created. Toolbar collection files are saved with a .ws3
extension. You will use this new toolbar collection to do some customization.
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To show another toolbar:
1
From the Tools menu, click Toolbar Layout.
2
In the Toolbars dialog box, check Curve Tools to show the toolbar.
3
In the Toolbars dialog box, clear Curve Tools to hide the toolbar.
4
Show the Curve Tools toolbar again, then click Close.
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To dock the Curve Tools toolbar at the right, drag it to the right edge until it changes to a vertical
shape, then releasing your mouse button.
To save your toolbar layout:
In the Toolbars dialog box, from the File menu, click Save.
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To create a new toolbar:
1
From the Tools menu, click Toolbar Layout.
2
In the Toolbars dialog box, from the Toolbar menu, click New.
3
In the Toolbar Properties dialog box, in the Name box, type Test, and click OK.
A new toolbar is created with one blank button in it.
4
Close the Toolbars dialog box.
To edit the new button:
1
Hold down the Shift key and right-click the blank button.
2
To enter the tooltips for the left and right mouse buttons, in the Edit Button dialog box, under
Tooltips, in the Left edit box, type Change Last Object to Layer.
In the Right edit box, type Change All Curves to Layer.
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In the Left mouse button command box, type ! SelLast ChangeLayer.
4
In the Edit Button dialog box, in the Right mouse button command box, type ! SelCrv
ChangeLayer.
5
Click Edit Bitmap.
6
In the Edit Bitmap dialog box, make a picture for the button face image, and click OK.
7
In the Edit Button dialog box, click OK.
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To copy a button from one toolbar to another:
1
From the Standard toolbar, flyout the Layer toolbar, and tear it off.
2
While holding down the Ctrl key, drag the button you just created to the layer toolbar and drop it.
To add a button to a toolbar:
1
From the Tools menu, click Toolbar Layout.
2
In the Toolbar dialog box, check the Test toolbar in the list to show the toolbar.
3
Click New Button.
A blank button is added to the Test toolbar.
4
Close the dialog box.
Many toolbar functions are available by right-clicking a toolbar’s titlebar.
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To open the standard toolbar layout:
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From the Tools menu, click Toolbar Layout.
2
In the Toolbars dialog box, from the File menu, click Close.
3
In the Save Changes dialog box, click Yes.
4
In the Toolbars dialog box, from the File menu, click Open.
5
Select Default.ws3, and click Open.
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