I’d like to put on here that we have experimented with just about every design software and nothing else offers the flexibility, speed and easy use of Rhino. Our organization is now about 90% Rhino and we output submittal drawings to Architects, GCs, and other trades. A critical need for us is to have our drawings dynamically derive from the model in the detail views. We have overcome just about all of our hurdles for producing our drawings and are moving forward to test our methods on larger architectural projects.
I’d challenge anyone who thinks Rhino can’t produce your drawings, you need to play with it more. Yes it takes some finesse, and the associativity isn’t like AutoCAD…so what? The lineweight control is a pretty big thing for the OpenGL views, but ultimately we have been able to tell our story differently with Rhino and still get it done.
Export/SaveAs DWG (Sheets)
We do have one struggle that was originally part of the post, exporting our drawings to 2D DWG for delivery to customer. Doing a SaveAs DWG gets us there in every case except where our detail is of a clipped 3D object. In our case it is usually Plan, RCP, or elevation views. Our sections and details have been overcome a different way. Is there a way for that SaveAs to only include the non-clipped geometry? Our solution has been to go to the clipped view, do a Make2D of the geometry.
Issue - Make2D of Mesh
Since a lot of context modeling comes to us from Revit, we pull it in as Mesh. Which is perfect for everything until we do the Make2D trick. We have converted through MeshtoNurbs, but that makes the file size go through the roof.
Wish item - Dynamic Make2D
If it were possible to take a Make2D view that would update through History when the model was modified that would be amazing allowing us to make a wireframe view and giving us lineweight control…
Hopefully the industry will allow for model submission before I retire, but between here and there…drawings and 2D DWGs remain outcomes.