Firstly apologies for the long one! I’m a long time Rhino user (started on Rhino3 around 15+ years ago) and I absolutely love modelling in it. It’s fast and just a pleasure to get things done in. With Rhino7 it’s even better. I can get some stunning looking models beautifully textured and ready to blow my clients socks off but….
I also need to get these designs made (mainly furniture, retail fixtures and some interiors) and Rhino still sucks at doing layouts. I really want to do my drawings in Rhino I really do, but I just can’t. I’ve looked at the really impressive ‘Page Layout Tools’ by Gijs that add a lot of what is missing and have read nearly every discussion on the forum relating to Layouts, BOMS (I’m aware of peters tools etc), Section tools (still geared towards Make2D but a step in the right direction), Clipping Plane Hatches (why can’t you hatch a clipping plane?), Scale Detail Views but fundamentally Rhino is a long way off having these tools nicely integrated into ‘Page Layout’ and just working. I’ve looked at VisualARQ that has some great tools but is really a BIM tool geared towards Architects not furniture/product guys like me.
For many years I always worked with SpaceClaim alongside Rhino for doing quick dimensioned drawings because it takes too long to make everything 2D, add sections, hatches, add details, fiddle around with it etc when in a fraction of the time I could copy&paste into SpaceClaim and have a drawing in a few minutes. Last year I was forced due to work circumstances to only use Inventor (not Rhino ) and although the modelling was painful the drawings were bliss! Currently I’m experimenting with Fusion360 to do quick drawings. They look great but it’s frustrating having to upload to the cloud and move out of Rhino.
For me, page layout really needs an overhaul with some obvious additional features adding to it to make Rhino competitive as an all-out design and manufacturing package.
For me I want to reference the model NOT a 2D line of the model so I can see if something has changed and needs updating. It needs to be Live!
Live Sections (The ability to draw a section line and create a hatched section view. This is kind of what clipping planes do, but I think sections should be layout page specific)
Live Scale Detail Views (The ability to select an area on you drawing and create a detailed scaled view – circular or rectangular)
The ability to select ‘layer states’ and or ‘named positions’ per view. You could reference one model but show it exploded and assembled on the same page
A BOM table that you can export as csv. (@Gijs has practically handed this one to you on a plate, along with many other useful layout tools that should be built into Rhino)
I know Rhino was developed as a modelling tool and was never intended to do ‘drawings’ but it’s 2021 and Rhino has been around for a long time!
I’m sorry for the negativity but Rhino is hands down the fastest and most lovely modelling environment but also the slowest most cumbersome drawing environment.
I’d be interested to know how others deal with this pain!