Pen style / block question

The blank areas in this image are objects that are blocks. Does the Pen style not ‘see’ blocks?

This bug has been true for a while… I was hopping it would be resolved in the next update. Currently you have to make an alternate version of your model, explode all blocks and then produce pen-view output. It’s a bummer.

We’ve found a workaround that goes like this. Open the blocks that are not showing, duplicate an edge or somehow draw a line or curve in the file. Save the file and update blocks if needed. You also have to move the block once back in the assembly. I use nudge to move it and move it right back. If you don’t do this, your shaded view will display the block as a wireframe.

In other words, if your inserted blocks have a line saved in the file, it will show normally.

Duplicating an edge works well. It’s there, it’s compact. and it doesn’t show up.

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thanks… we’re all doing seriously silly stuff to get lines to display…

seems also to work when you insert a point in the block. Thanks James!

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Good to know, needed it today.

Is this going to be fixed in V6? As of a couple weeks ago the WIP still works this way.


Is adding a point inside a block still the solution to making it visible in pen mode? Can someone confirm please? Thank you.

In a quick test I do not see a problem (1) with blocks in default Pen mode in RH5 SR13 or the RH6 WIP.

(1) Except for the silhouettes of spheres not being all that reliable. In RH5 I can’t get them to show at all and in RH6 they are -sometimes- incomplete… But that’s not what this thread is about.