#1 By: Jim Wilson, November 3rd, 2013 01:48
I've been wood and clay for a long time. This is my first venture into digital 3D design. It is necessary to section a vehicle body 201"L X 22"W x 34"H into sections 8" apart and have these sections printed full scale, as in "blueprinting", on a large format printer. The paper templates then get glued to 1/2" MDF and cut out with a jig saw. I am aware of the benefits of CNC but no one in this area (southern NM) knows what a CNC router is. So a jig saw it is! If you have seen a Bonneville Streamliner for two wheels then you can picture the project. I have searched this forum but have not come up with anything similar. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#2 By: Willem Derks, November 3rd, 2013 04:05
The way I would generate 1/2" fitting sections would be like so:
here is the example file: SectionPrinciple.3dm(202.8 KB)
Next you need to get those sections out of Rhino for printing.
Best would be to rotate them to lay them flat on the XY plane and space them.
Check what file format the printing service wants/accepts and their max paper size.
Next you can export or print to pdf the separate sections.
note: ALWAYS check if the printouts are the correct size/scale (in both vertical and horizontal direction)
for these type of jobs I place reference lines of known length on the prints that I can measure to check the correct size.
#3 By: Jim Wilson, November 5th, 2013 13:23
Willem, thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I've tried your workflow several times and it has worked perfectly every time. The only bug is likely due to my experience level of three days. When dimensioning the contours I have been unable to get the dimensions to snap to the contour. Thanks again.
#4 By: Willem Derks, November 5th, 2013 15:38
Drop in when you run into any other problem, this is a great community eager to help out.