Rhinoceros exists since decades and is a NURBS software primarily used in many fields of product design and manufacturing. As such, the CAD designers and engineers who use it quite often need to check and validate the weight of a certain 3d model in the scene. However, for some unknown reason Rhino still lacks the aforementioned capability. It’s super easy for the programmers of Rhino to make a simple tool for weight calculation, but why don’t they?
Weight is the result of measuring the volume and using it in conjunction with a specific mass formula for certain material types. Since Rhino already has a tool to measure the volume of 3d models, it’s natural to expect that a weight measurement tool is also included in the list of features. In many applications the weight is as important as the volume; sometimes even more important.
Other CAD programs even have real-time weight measurement which shows the dynamically changing weight of a 3d model during its modifications via scale, point editing, bending, twisting etc.
Could we expect a weight measuring tool to be added via future update to Rhino 6 or Rhino 7?
I’m aware of the “Real material” BOM script that users could download from Internet, but it’s not a native part of Rhino. Also, it requires several mouse clicks for each weight measurement and shows a dialog box that exports the results to the clipboard and asks for a confirmation to save the numbers to a csv file (many users even don’t have a software to open that file format). A more elegant solution would be for Rhino to offer that capability natively and open a new window with a vertical list of the measured objects and their individual weight, and ability to arrange the objects by name, weight or material type. Also, an icon on that window to export the results as txt or rtf file formats that are widely used and could be read by many users, even on phones.