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Friday, September 5, 2014

Creating labels and tabs with Paneling Tools




In this tutorial, learn how to use the Paneling Tools plugin for Rhino to create a nested array of panels while also adding labels and tabs for assembly.

This tutorial requires the most recent release of Paneling Tools for Rhino dated September 4th, 2014 and also utilizes a single stroke font, both of which are available at http://wiki.mcneel.com/labs/panelingtools

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice feature. However, seems like it would be better if the number could scored on the tab rather than the panel. As it is shown in the tutorial the number would be scored on the visible surface of the panel.

Brian James said...

Good idea... I just spoke to Rajaa and she'll add an option to label inside or out. Thanks!

William said...

Hello,

I am working on fabricating a surface, and watched this tutorial, as well as the one about RhinoPolyhedra.

The issue I am running into is that there is no option for Explode with the Paneling Tools "Unroll Faces" command. The regular Rhino command "UnrollSrf" allows you to change the option Explode to Yes or No, but that is not available through the Paneling Tools command.

I want to take advantage of the effective labelling aspect of the Paneling Tools "Unroll Faces", but still have the surfaces not exploded, for saving material and assembly time.

Is there another way of going about this?

Rajaa Issa said...

Hi William,
This feature was tailored for unrolling panels generated with PanelingTools which are mostly not joined, but I see your point. I will look into this feature for the next release.

chenthur raaghav said...

thank you so much !!!!for this tutorial

1080287815 said...

Hi, thanks for the tutorial, I am having trouble because I have trimmed the interior of the panels with many circles, these circles are then labelled. Is there a way of just labeling the outside edges and not the inside of each surface. Thanks, George

1080287815 said...

Also, Is there a way for searching the labels on the model? Thanks again

Brian James said...

Hi George,

Use the LabelSide option in the command line when unrolling the panel faces. This is either Inside or Outside. Use the FindText command to search through panel labels.

Unknown said...


Surfaces are positive and some negative when unroll surfaces is made, it has to do with the direction of the double ? or all folds are made in the same direction ?

Thanks!!!

Brian James said...

Can you send your file into tech@mcneel.com to show your question? At a guess, the normal of the surfaces would be what to look at if the unroll result is not what you expected.