Resize object to specific size? what are object dimensions?

two Newbie questions here,

So I created a cube lets say 222

I want to resize to 2.2522

Anyway to do this quickly and precisely?
Any way to click on an edge and type the new value for the length, width, depth?

I know I can do this as I am creating it or use the gumball and type values for moving or scaling.


Any way to select an object like a cube and pull up its specifics like length, width, depth, etc?
Perhaps a “properties window”?


Nope… As you mentioned, you can (for your specific example) Ctrl+Shift+Click on one of the sides and with Gumball click on the arrow in the direction you want to move and enter .25. There are about a dozen other ways to do this as well in Rhino, bit no direct property editing such as you mention.


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Try BoxEdit… it may help in simple cases to resize numerically.


HI Ken- try this: select the cube, start Scale1d. Snap the origin point for the scale at one end of an edge that you would like to make 2.25, set the first reference point at the other end of the same edge and type in 2.25 and .



Thanks Guys, I will try these when I get a chance… can’t wait…

Any ideas on my second question?

Is there a way to slect an object, say a cube and have Rhino give the specs? Length, width, volume, etc?

Maybe the BoxEdit command does that but I am not near a computer that has Rhino… Ahhh :smile:

BoundingBox will do that.
(make sure your command line is high enough so that you see the output (or use F2 to show the Command History).

…if the cube happens to be oriented along the principal axes…

Otherwise, for arbitrarily oriented objects it is more difficult. You can get the length of one or more edges with the Length command, the surface area with the Area command and the volume with the Volume command (assuming it’s closed) but for getting a list of edge lengths of individual boxlike objects, you would need a script… I can try and put one together later today perhaps if it’s useful.


You guys are awesome.

Thanks - A combination of these works for me!

Thanks for the script offer - I think these techniques will help without you having to make me a script.

I like having to learn the proper way to do things in this software.

A great part of these forums is that you provide excellent answers and explanations that also help us learn!

Thank You and stby for more questions :smile:

Hi guys,
i am very new to Rhino. By the way I know Solidworks modelling verywell. Ok when i draw a line, i cannot see it’s length dynamically. In solidworks when you click a line or an edge of an object or a circle, you can immediately see it’s length or diameter. Even you can set those values to desired ones with a few simple clicks on the screen. In Rhino, there is box edit. But in that you cannot see the length of a line :frowning: just can see x,y,z values which in this case are useless :frowning: There is a length command which gives what i want :):):slight_smile: but cannot set it to desired value :frowning: it is a read only command.

Also, is there a “relation or constrain” kind of modelling? I mean, i draw a line, and, about right angle draw another line. But decided to make those perpendicular to each other and stay like that.

Need your help.

(By the way I think Kencfii is asking something like in Autodesk Fusion 360 you can see length, diameter, area etc on the screen all the time)

Many thanks for your replies.

Rhino Options > Modeling Aids > Cursor ToolTips > Distance - see if that helps.

To scale something, use one of the scale commands - Scale1D if you only scale in one direction.

No, not in basic Rhino.

Unlike SolidWorks and the likes, Rhino is not parametric and such properties are not saved with each object.

Welcome! What brings you to Rhino? :wink:

Hi Wim :):slight_smile:

Really thanks for your valuable comments :slight_smile: :slight_smile: yeaa it works for me for now :smiley:

Because with Rhino i can draw my dreams :slight_smile:

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I there a particular reason that Rhino doesn’t have parametric features? Modifying from the properties panel would certainly be handy.


Yes. Because Rhino is not a parametric modeler… It was just never conceived that way. --Mitch

nice one ty

Grasshopper now comes with v6. Does Grasshopper offer parametric capabilities?