Linetype scale / How to think about it


I use layouts a lot.
For technical drawings and also for visual presentation.

Why should I think about line types differently than for other annotations ?

I guess I have to think printer space (layout) to use line types.
If I use details with other scales than 1:1 I’m lost.
With Rhino 8 dash lines seems to be more logical when going back forth from model to layout space.
But the new line type scale attribute seems looks like a workaround for me.
Maybe the “enable model or space scaling” option could be per object instead… Using style of course.

I think the more confusing part is the taper option in Rhino 8.
This option is more aesthetic than technical right ?
And when it is scaled it is completely distorting the intent.
The width is also surprisingly shown according to the screen dpi.

Let’s say I want to create a layout with a single shape (using line type with taper option) shown with several detail views with different scales.
Do I have to copy the same shape as many times with different line type definitions ?

I can’t get a clear picture of Rhino’s scaling system.

Can someone can help me understand the big picture ?


Hello- you can set the units when creating or editing the linetype

Does that help?



The topic is larger than that but according to the screen dpi, yes it is resolving that particular point.


I rephrase my questions :

Why should we think about line types differently from other annotations ?

Would it be simpler to apply styles to every space dependent objects ?