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Rhino Tutorial: Setting Up a Workspace

Approx Completion Time: <10 min

Goal: Learn How to Navigate the Rhino Interface

Mac Instructions

Windows Instructions

Open Rhino and click Show Templates on the right

Open Rhino and click the New Tab at the top

Scroll down in the template menu and choose Small Objects - Millimeters

Click the button for New Model, on the left.

Scroll down in the template menu and choose Small Objects - Millimeters

Your  workspace will look something like this:

Your  workspace will look something like this:

Set some preferences to lessen the interface differences between Mac and Windows.

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Choose the Themes Option

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Choose Rhino for Windows under the interface

(Yes, this step is for Mac users!)

Make sure Include Osnaps is clicked.

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Open a new workspace

Now, on your computer, your workspace will look more like this (notice the new tabs at the top):

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When you click on SOME tabs at the top, the tools on the left change.  Try it:

When you are  done, click on the STANDARD tab.

Choose File -> Save and save this file as workspaceYourName.3dm. Throughout these tutorials, make sure to regularly save your work so you don’t lose your progress if your computer crashes!

Let’s draw a circle. Choose the CIRCLE tool from the tool menu on the left

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Draw a circle in the PERSPECTIVE viewport.

Make the circle any size and in any location within the viewport.

 To draw: just click once, drag and click again.

Notice how you can see your circle in all four viewports. 

Front and right views look almost the same because we are only working with a 2D curve.

Expand the PERSPECTIVE viewport by double-clicking the name of the viewport.

Double-click the viewport name again to see all four viewports.

Try this with the Top, Front and Left viewports:

Now let’s delete the circle and draw it with the command line interface.

To delete the circle:

  1. Select it in any viewport.
  2. Click the delete key

The COMMAND LINE interface lets you type commands anywhere within the workspace. If you know the name of a tool or command, or you want to guess one, just start typing to see what comes up

The COMMAND LINE interface lets you type commands anywhere within the workspace. If you know the name of a tool or command, or you want to guess one, just start typing to see what comes up

Use the command line interface to draw a circle:

  1. type the word “circle
  2. As soon as you see the command autocomplete, press RETURN

Use the command line interface to draw a circle:

  1. type the word “circle
  2. As soon as you see the command autocomplete, press RETURN

Now you will see some options for the circle.

You DO NOT NEED TO CLICK THEM.

Just type anywhere to set the first parameter.

The first parameter is CENTER of Circle.

Let’s make our center at the origin point by typing “0” and RETURN

The 2nd parameter is the RADIUS 

(unless you press the diameter button on the left)

Make the Radius 10mm (diameter 20mm) by typing “10” and RETURN

Now you will see some options for the circle.

You DO NOT NEED TO CLICK THEM.

Just type anywhere to set the first parameter.

The first parameter is CENTER of Circle.

Let’s make our center at the origin point by typing “0” and RETURN

The 2nd parameter is the RADIUS

(unless you select the diameter option in the command line)

Let’s make the Radius 10mm (diameter 20mm) by typing “10” and RETURN

Let’s try to master this by undoing the circle and creating a some other circles.

To undo press: Command + Z

Let’s try to master this by undoing the circle and creating a some other circles.

To undo press: Control + Z

STOP! and master this:

Now repeat the last 5 steps to make the following objects.

  • Make a 10mm circle (5mm radius)
  • Make a 50mm circle (25mm radius)
  • Make a 32.5mm circle (16.25 mm radius)
  • Delete the circles and make a 30mm x 31mm rectangle  (can you figure this out on your own?)

Don’t delete this shape for a few steps.

Let’s navigate the square!

 

Double click the perspective tab so we are only looking at the perspective view.

ORBIT:

Mouse: Click the right button and drag

or

Trackpad: Drag with two fingers

ZOOM:

Mouse: Use the center scroll wheel

or

Trackpad:Hold COMMAND + drag with two fingers

PAN:

Mouse: Hold SHIFT + right-click mouse

or

Trackpad: hold SHIFT + drag with two fingers

ZOOM to EXTENT of DRAWING

(Zoom way in or way out to test this)

Hold COMMAND+SHIFT and press E

Let’s navigate the square!

 

Double click the perspective tab so we are only looking at the perspective view.

ORBIT:

Mouse: Click the right button and drag

or

Trackpad: Drag with two fingers

ZOOM:

Mouse: Use the center scroll wheel

or

Trackpad:Hold CONTROL + drag with two fingers

PAN:

Mouse: Hold SHIFT + drag with two fingers

or

Trackpad: hold SHIFT + drag with two fingers

ZOOM to EXTENT of DRAWING

(Zoom way in or way out to test this)

Hold CONTROL+SHIFT and press E

STOP! and master this:

Try all the navigation again!!!  and again!!!

You need to know navigation like 2nd nature!

Let’s explore the Grid and the Axes

Right click (or CONTROL+click) anywhere on the Grid and choose Grid Options.

Let’s explore the Grid and the Axes

Choose Properties from the File menu.

Choose GRID from the submenu

Our grid should be set with a minor line every 1 mm and a major line every 10 mm.

The major lines are darker in the workspace.

If your options look like this, you can close the panel.

Choose GRID from the submenu

Our grid should be set with a minor line every 1 mm and a major line every 10 mm.

The major lines are darker in the workspace.

If your options look like this, you can close the panel.

While you are here, take a look at the UNITS.  You can change these at any time!

Let’s not change the units in this document.

While you are here, take a look at the UNITS.  You can change these at any time!

Let’s not change the units in this document.

The axes help show which direction our shape extends toward. The X axis is Red and the Y axis is Green. When we are using the Z axis, it will be blue.

For our final shape: lets use Grid Snapping to manually draw a shape 20mm on the X axis and 30mm on the Y axis.

Turn on the Grid Snap by clicking the button at the top of the screen.

Make sure that no other buttons at the top are selected.

For our final shape: lets use Grid Snapping to manually draw a shape 20mm on the X axis and 30mm on the Y axis.

Turn on the Grid Snap by clicking the button at the bottom of the screen.

Make sure that no other buttons at the bottom are selected.

Here’s the process for the final shape:

  1. Delete any existing shape you have.

2.Type rectangle or grab the shape from the toolbar

3. In the TOP viewport, zoom so that the gridlines are not so small.

4. As you drag the mouse around, do you see how the pointer snaps to the grid lines?

Click once on the origin point.

5. Move along the RED X axis until you are at 20 mm.

Remember, major grid lines are at every 10 mm.

6. Click to set the rectangle's first corner.

7. Go up on 30mm (3 major grid lines)

and Click to make the final corner.

Finally, let’s say this is a floor plan for a ladybug and we need the ladybug builders to be able to have clear plans to work with.  We need to add dimensions.

  1. Type “dim” in the command line and hit RETURN

2. Click on the lower left corner of the rectangle and the upper left corner of the rectangle.

Then drag the dimension to the left about 10mm.

3. Hit the SPACE bar. This tells Rhino that you want to repeat the command you just completed.

4. Repeat this process with the bottom of the shape.

                   

Having trouble with previous step?  You may need to turn off your Osnap

Mac (lower left panel)

Windows (button at bottom)

You’ve completed your first tutorial!!! Save this file

as workspaceYourName.3dm and a screenshot as workspaceYourName.png and turn it into your instructor (shared Drive folder). Note: Replace the words “YourName” with your actual name!

Congratulations!!!

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