Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Recorded webinar sessions on Rhino for Windows and Rhino for Mac by McNeel Europe available on Vimeo

For some months now, McNeel Europe has been offering a series of free webinars on Rhino for Windows and Rhino for Mac in five different languages (English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish).

If you haven't had a chance to follow them live, you can find them at the following links for your study and review: (English) (French) (German) (Italian) (Spanish)

More webinars will be offered regularly in the future. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Make a layout detail of any shape

You can make details of any shape using a solid white hatch in the layout.


  • Set up a layout with one or more details.
  • Scale the details as you wish.
  • In the layout, draw a rectangle from the corners of the page

  • In the layout, draw your detail shapes.

  • Use any planar curve: Circle, Curve, InterpCrv, Rectangle, etc.
  • Create a solid hatch using the rectangle at the drawing edge and the detail shapes for the hatch boundaries.
  • Make the color of the hatch white.
  • Add anything else you want in the layout such as detail names.
  • Print.


This technique works around Rhino's limitation of a rectangular layout space detail. Working with details that can be made from any closed curve is on the wish list.
  • Try turning History on, then make your hatch. If you stretch the boundaries, the hatch will update.
  • You will need to use Draw Order to keep your text, title blocks, dimensions on top. It can be frustrating if the text or dims that you are looking for has gone behind the hatch.
  • You cannot trim a hatch. If you need to add another detail to the page, delete the hatch and remake it with all the boundaries.
  • You cannot bring a detail (even a rectangular one) above the hatch. Hatch has draw order priority to be on top.