Curves to pipes


#1

I have a set of plans I want to use that were drawn by a third party. The plans describe a structure made of metal tubing. The plans are hand drawn but the designer used lines that show the shape being constructed as a wireframe. That part was easy to enter into Rhino. Now I would like to replace the curves that represent the lines from the plans with 3D tubes in Rhino. Is there a function for this or some sort of scripting example on how to do this?


#2

The command Pipe might be a good start…

–Mitch


#3

Errr, I knew that! :wink:

Thanks, Mitch! Pretty darn cool. I knew there had to be some way to do this since this is a popular way to depict steel tube structures in old hand drawn designs.

Thanks again! Happy New Year!

JB


#4

you can also try ApplyCurvePiping in Rhino5.
In v4 it comes as separate plugin. Its fast and quickly handles many curves at once.


#5

If you do this kind of job often could be useful to have a look on to RhinoBim. It’s in free bets and allow you to do many powerful things.
Ciao


#6

Just beware: ApplyCurvePiping creates meshes (more for display) whereas Pipe creates NURBS (Brep) objects. Rhino 5’s Pipe does allow multiple curves to be piped at once (with Rhino 4 you need a script)…

–Mitch


#7

I will stick with the Pipe command for the moment. It is exactly what I need for this task. Thanks everyone for their input.

JB