Greetings! I’m really enjoying Rhino overall after working almost entirely in FormZ professionally for the last dozen plus years or so. I learned Rhino at SCAD back in 2003-2005 and I’ve taken a lot of online courses and feel pretty comfortable with completing a project in Rhino. There’s many things Rhino does better, and yet still some that FormZ does much more efficiently. Namely fast solid modeling. I’m working in environment design, exhibits, displays, furniture, and architecture.
After a rather exhaustive search I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to ask for help on how other users are drawing and modeling quickly without automatic cPlanes? I find this basic functionality to be missing and incredibly slow to use in Rhino, as I am accustomed to them being automatic when modeling in FormZ when in Shaded mode. You could simply start drawing on any solid or surface in formZ, and the cPlane would appear automatically, with the grid and grid snaps, just like you had defined it as a reference plane first.
I can get close by manually invoking the POnSrf option when drawing, but it doesn’t provide any visual feedback like drawing the grid on the surface like FormZ. And it won’t stay turned ON.
Why can’t we have the One-Shot snaps allowed to be enabled at all times?? Please? I always want to be able to draw attached to objects surfaces. If this was enabled in Rhino, it would really steal the show from FormZ for it’s wonderful interactive modeling.
In my hopes of making Rhino modeling more efficient like FormZ, I’ve gone so far as to write a couple of macros to speed up some obvious shortcomings.
The first is what I call a 3D Wall. This allows you to draw a polyline series and then automatically Slab it for width and height, without the need for multiple tools for this very basic 3D modeling need:
!_Polyline _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Pause _Enter _Sellast _Slab
Maybe there’s a way to call an unlimited Pause so you can make as many segments in the Polyline as you want? I couldn’t find it so I just added a bunch of Pauses to get the feature to work on most any wall I would draw. Give it a try and tell me why this isn’t already a tool in Rhino? It would be nice if it were as visually interactive as drawing a 3D wall in FormZ, but it’s not bad for a macro.
The second macro I’m working on brings us back to my first wish for an automatic and dynamic cPlane. A 3D Hole tool. In FormZ you could literally select an option when drawing a rectangle that would automatically cut a hole in whatever object, solid or surface that you draw upon. This is because the automatic cPlane (they call it reference plane) would be created for you as you hover around on the objects surfaces. The closest I can automate this in Rhino is with this macro:
!_Rectangle _PersistentOnSurface _Pause _Pause _Pause _Enter _Sellast _MakeHole _Pause
But again, there’s not the level of visual feedback I would expect from a more developed 3D hole tool.
Any suggestions here? I love the stability and power of Rhino especially with imported geometry, but the basic solid modeling speed is not up to par that I am accustomed to. Open to any suggestions.