Rotating with the keyboard seems backwards. How can I fix it?
with the keyboard seems backwards-how can I fix it :
the Tools menu, click Options.
- On the View tab, under Rotate, click Reverse
Why can't I use
Boolean operations to make a hollow object?
Rhino defines a single
object as one completely connected together skin.
If you try
to Boolean an object to create a cavity inside which isn't connected
to the outside skin, then Rhino won't do that.
doesn't necessarily mean that you can't create hollow objects inside
of Rhino. In the case of a hollow sphere, for instance, you can
just create two spheres, one inside the other.
not allow you to connect those two spheres together into a single
object, but it will allow you to create the surfaces for all of
Many of the
programs that you might export your models to later on can use that
surface data to create a single hollow object because you've already
created all the necessary surfaces in Rhino.
So most of
the time this is more of a convenience issue of not being able to
connect the two spheres into one object.
I type numerical coordinates, the point ends up somewhere other
than where I wanted it.
uses the active viewport's construction plane, so you will get different
results depending on which viewport is the active one.
if you type the coordinate 2,3 when the Top viewport is active,
then it will go to 2,3 in the Top viewport's construction
plane. But if the Front viewport is active, then it will go to 2,3
in the Front viewport's construction plane which is a different
point in world coordinates than 2,3 in the Top viewport.
the Boolean commands work on objects imported from a DXF file?
imported from the DXF file are polygon mesh objects and not NURBS
of Rhino's functions (like Booleans and Trims, for example) only
work on NURBS objects and not on polygon mesh objects.
you need to edit polygon mesh objects, you might want to check out
other programs that are designed to work on polygon mesh objects.
more information, see the Rhino User's Guide, which describes
the various types of objects that Rhino uses.
are my 3DM files so large, and how can I make them smaller?
When you do a rendering or work in a shaded viewport,
Rhino calculates a polygon mesh approximation of your NURBS objects
and then renders the mesh. The mesh calculation phase is usually
the most time-consuming portion of the rendering process, so after
Rhino has calculated a render mesh once, it will save the mesh information
in the file so it can re-use it for the next rendering instead of
calculating it again. The render meshes increase the file size.
clear the mesh information, from the File menu, click Save
Small. The render meshes are not saved, which can result in
a smaller file.
can I close off the ends of a loft to make a tubular shape and have
a rounded closed end instead of an open end?
- From the
Surface menu, click Loft.
- At the Select
curves to loft (Point) prompt, type P, and press
activates the Point option, which lets you pick a starting or ending
point for the loft. This make the end closed. You can place a point
at the start of the loft, select all the curves and then place another
point for the end of the loft.
try copying the last curve and scaling it down and then using that
small shape as the last curve in the loft before going down to a
point. That can give you more control over the end shape.
you have made the loft this way, you may be able to edit the control
points to change the shape of the end.
can also use other techniques to close an open end like the Cap
or Patch commands. Sometimes making a small cap shape that
is separate from the end and then using BlendSrf to blend
the two surfaces together works, too.
are Rhino's hardware requirements?
runs on ordinary Windows desktop and laptop computers. With:
• Pentium, Celeron, or higher processor.
• Windows 98/NT/ME/2000 for Intel and AMD.*
• 65 MB disk space.
• 64 MB RAM. 128 MB or more is recommended.
• IntelliMouse recommended.
• 3-D digitizer optional.
*Rhino will NOT be ported to any other operating system.
Rhino run on a Mac?
but Rhino requires Virtual PC to run on a Mac.
is as accurate or more accurate than any other modern CAD, CAM,
and CAE. Details
rendering looks jagged. How do I make it smooth?
From the File
menu, click Properties.
click Smooth & Slower.
See the Rhino
User's Guide, in the chapter on "Render" for more information.
Also see Hydraulic Design's detailed explanation.
I install Rhino across my network?
Rhino 3.0 installer is now scriptable.
Does Rhino run on Windows XP?
but if you are upgrading to Windows XP from 98, or ME you will need
to reinstall Rhino.
do I archive Rhino 2.0?
best way to archive your installation is to archive the installer.
sure to save a copy of the Rhino 2.0 installer, and any service
release installers that you have. These are no longer available
from Robert McNeel & Associates.
you cannot archive your installers, archive the installation itself:
up your registry settings:
the Start menu, click Run.
RegEdit and click Run.
the Registry menu, click Export Registry File.
the file "Rhino 2.0 Registry Settings.reg" in your
Rhinoceros installation folder (usually "C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros")
up the files required for Rhino to run. All of these files
are in the Rhinoceros installation folder (usually "C:\Program
should copy these files to a CD or some other permanent
restore this installation:
your backup files to the same location where they were originally
(usually "C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros")
the "Rhino 2.0 Registry Settings.reg" file in your Rhino
installation folder. This will restore the registry settings
on your computer.
should now run correctly.
do I get my new USB Faro arm to work with Rhino?
The new USB FARO
arms do not include software or information about setting up the
device. There are basic communication drivers that need to be installed,
but apparently don't ship with the arm.
you plug in your arm for the first time, Windows brings up the "add
new hardware wizard". This wizard is looking for an INF file that
is used to install device drivers for the Faro arm. But you were
never told where the drivers are, or how to find them.
what you need to do to make this work:
Rhino 3.0 (or 3.0 Evaluation)
the FARO USB arm
- Plug the
FARO USB arm into your USB port.
- Wait. The
Add New Hardware Wizard will appear.
on your operating system, the wording will be different. But essentially,
you want to manually configure this device by browsing for the folder
containing the INF file. This INF file installs with Rhino 3.0.
Browse for this folder in C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros 3.0\Plug-ins
(or wherever you installed Rhino).
this device driver is installed (Rhino doesn't do it by default
because only a small fraction of our users use FARO arms), you should
be able to connect to the arm.
is the Rhino 3.0 .ini file?
There is no .ini
file in Rhino V3. Everything is handled as Schemes in the Windows
Options settings are saved in the Windows registry as "Schemes."
Schemes contain most of the settings you might want to change.
open Rhino with different sets of preferences, add additional schemes.
To add a scheme, create a shortcut to start Rhino that points to
the new scheme in the shortcut's properties. The scheme will be
added to the registry. Starting Rhino using the shortcut will always
start using that scheme.
add a scheme:
- In Windows
Explorer, in the Rhino System folder, right-click the Rhino3.exe
file, and from the menu, click Create Shortcut.
the shortcut file, and from the menu, click Properties.
In the Properties dialog box, in Target edit box,
a path entry similar to the following appears:
- To the
end of this line, add a space, a slash character (/), and a
name for the scheme.
"C:\Program Files\Rhinoceros\System\Rhino3.exe" /scheme=MySchemeName
When you open Rhino from this shortcut, and successfully close
it, the new scheme will be added to the registry, and any option-related
changes you make will be saved to that scheme.
edit a scheme in the Windows registry:
Most settings are changed from within Rhino using Rhino Options.
The normal way to change these settings is to start Rhino using
the shortcut to the scheme, use the Options dialog box to change
settings, and close the Rhino session.
are only a few rare settings that cannot be changed through the
Rhino Options dialog box. To change these settings, you must edit
your registry settings for your scheme.
- From the
Windows Start button, click Run.
- In the
Run dialog box, in the Open edit box, type regedit.
- In the
Registry Editor dialog box, find the relevant registry
keys are under:
- With Rhino
closed, make changes to the settings to suit your preferences.