Welp… Looks like I have to open my wallet a little farther to get a nice looking blueprint. I purchased one upgrade license to give this a try and it brought back a lot of memories as to why I went back to Autocad.
I installed Rhino 6 and dug up the same print I posted here 4 years ago. The hidden lines look better, but the line thickness is huge for a solid line. Keep in mind this is an ‘A’ size print that I printed to PDF at 2400DPI and zoomed in on this area for the screenshot. I set every layer’s print settings to hairline and also specified that in the print options. While the hidden lines look a little better, I still don’t see any options to adjust the linetype scale of the dashed lines? Sometimes it looks too fine or too coarse and it is nice to adjust. I can get a decent print with Make2d, but that breaks the association with the model which can make revisions a pain.
As far as the memories it brought back… The buggyness of trying to print to PDF. The first time I loaded the file I could not get the title block bitmap image to show up on my screen or my print ( yes I had background bitmap checked in the print options) . Then the program crashed while trying to print to PDF. After I loaded the file back up my bitmap image appeared and printed fine…but… now I couldn’t get my dimensions to show up on the PDF. All my layers were turned on and it even showed them in the print preview. I must have tried 10 times adjusting different settings with no luck. So I saved the program, shut down rhino and rebooted my system. Fired Rhino back up and the dimensions printed fine again. What a headache! I remember going through these same kind of issues with Rhino 5.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Rhino and sing it’s praises to anyone who will listen, but it really lacks in this department. I really don’t want another CAD system but I don’t have much of a choice. I need software that can generate a nice blueprint directly from a model.