When I make the layouts for a technical drawing I insert a block in every page which contains the frame and text field. Rhino offers some variables for basic information like page name, page number, date. There are new options like
DocumentText which are very helpful and long overdue.
But it’s still not enough.
There is also some information which is not dependent on the document (let’s say “globally”) but rather dependent on a certain object.
In specific I mean characteristics like:
- thickness of a sheet material
- finish/surface (like anodized or powder coated for example)
- scale of a specific detail view in the layout page (because the scale may change from page to page of course)
This is all information that may change from page to page. In the end I find myself exploding the blocks in order to fill in the necessary information manually.
Maybe I missed something and this is possible? I hope so.
If not, I have to say, that this is on of those many ways where rhino falls short compared to other CAD software. Does so many things but so many of those are not done right or are just implemented half way.
There should be an option like
MakeLayoutFromObject. So the created layout page is somehow referenced to that object and variables in the title block could pull info from it. That’s the way SolidWorks does it. Of course it’s different there, because there is essentially just one object/part in the file, so it’s probably easier to automate a drawing from that.
I hope other users feel the need for this too.
I also hope it’s easy to implement. Since we are talking about automating a workflow here, maybe some new Grasshopper components could do the trick, maybe even more GH and layouts in general?