Linetypes for Rhino 8 have been enhanced beyond a simple dash pattern. These enhancements include join styles, cap styles, and new width properties. Unlike traditional patterns and simple print widths, enhanced linetypes can draw stylized curves with both width and taper.
Existing Linetypes can be customized or new linetypes copied in Options under Document Properties on the Linetypes page. Custom linetypes are referenced by objects in the same manner as Rhino has supported in the past.
Linetypes can also be created and assigned to individual objects which may be useful for specialized linetypes that only make sense when applied to one object.
- End caps define the shape drawn at the ends of open curves.
- Join styles define the shape to use when curves make a sharp corner or change in direction.
Sets the width of the linetype to be based on screen pixels or model units.
- Width in pixels make curves appear a fixed thickness no matter the zoom level.
- Width with model units make widths appear thicker the closer you zoom.
These settings work together to configure the artistic taper.
Defines the normalized location on a curve where the Taper Width is applied.
Controls the line width at the Taper Position.
Controls the line width at the end of the curve. When Taper is enabled, Width is used at the start of the curve.
You can shortcut the linetype configuration by setting the linetype as an object property in the Properties panel directly. An existing linetype can be used as a template for the new custom linetype.
With an object selected, go to the Linetypes control on the Properties panel and pick Custom as the linetype.
In the Custom Linetype dialog, configure the linetype options.
Use the panel to streamline your creativity with custom line types.
To access the Linetypes panel:
- Type the Linetypes command to open or make active the Linetypes panel.
- Use the Show Panel option from the gear icon in the upper right corner of the panel container.
Pick the gear, then pick Show Panels…
The Linetypes panel will appear.
See this video on how to use the Linetypes panel.
- Double-click the linetype preview frame to select all the objects that are assigned this linetype.
- Assign selected objects to the linetype. Select the geometry. Press the Shift key and double-click on the linetype preview frame to assign the linetype directly.
Note: Linetypes created on the Properties panel are only available for the objects to which they are assigned. To make them available for layers, save the custom linetype to the Document by picking the Save to Document Properties option at the bottom of the dialog. Now you will be able to assign the custom linetype to a layer or other objects.
Linetypes now work with curves, surfaces, polysurfaces, extrusions, SubDs, dimensions and details. Customized control of different parts of objects (isocurves versus edges) can be made in the advanced display mode settings.
These linetypes will always remain oriented to the view camera. As you rotate your model, the custom linetypes display planar.
To test Custom linetypes, you will need to check these Rhino settings.
- Print Preview needs to be of turned off. (PrintDisplay command)
- Custom Linetype also does not display if the Display Mode has Curve Width set to Pixels. Reset your Display Mode to Default settings.
Give this a try and let us know if it works for you.