Moving Dimensions

Firstly I totally understand that Rhino is not intended to be a 2D drafting package and thus lacks a lot of the functionality of that type of package. Understood and totally reasonable. That said somebody please point out that I’m an idiot and there is a better way of moving dimensions once they’re placed than:

  1. Turning points on
  2. Picking the points at both arrows and the text
  3. Dragging to the new location
  4. Turning points off

In the example below, moving the 59.5 and the lines with the arrows outside the 10.5 will result in a cleaner less confusing drawing.

While on the subject of dimensions is there a to add text to a dimension? Say adding “TYP” or “THRU HOLE” to a dimensioned hole.

As always thanks,


Move with gumball for exact measurement. Movie is too big 12 mb, if you want to i can PM you maybe?

to add type, one way would be to make a new dimension style with your type.

Also a leader with text. In Dimensions start leader, click to get your end , arrow point then end of line, this can be a few points. Hit enter and it allows you to enter text. This is a corner.


Thanks for the quick reply. Dragging stuff around with the gumball moves the witness lines as well which causes its own set of problems for clarity. What I’m really after is, double click on the dimension and it goes back to the “rubber band” mode like it is before you place it the first time. This is achievable by turning on points and picking the correct three, its just cumbersome. However, kudos to McNeel making the dimensions “smart”, in that moving a witness line base point will correctly update the value displayed.

The prefix and suffix thing was exactly what I was after. Thanks.


Hi Dave,

Do you really want to see the dimension values in the perspective view parallel to the view? You can avoid the kind of conflicts you mention by opening the File>settings window, tab text, and select “text above dimension line” (which I believe is a more accepted way of displaying them anyway). You can control the distance to the dimension line with the “text gap” value.