I’m a computational designer working for a studio in Hong Kong. Over the last few months, we’ve been developing a toolset to process DWGs produced by Archicad using rhino Python (ironPython).
Essentially what this tool does is:
- Look into a specified folder for DWGs
- Open the first DWG file, check the layers and ask the user to select the layers they want to process
- Once the layers are identified, we recursively break the block structure, rebuild polylines from hatches
- Boolean them together
- Rebuild hatches
- Replace all the instances of the same block with a single instance
- Export DWG
- Open the next file
- Repeat Steps 3-7 for each file in the folder
A very early prototype of this tool was done on GH using Elefront
So far so good, we have a stable build of this working for our internal projects right now. Now we would like to do a version of this that can be hosted on the web using AWS and I’ve been looking into a combination of rhino3dm.py and rhino.compute for this. Since I’m fairly inexperienced at programming and there’s not much documentation to work off of, I would like some advice from someone who has a little more experience working with these libraries.
A few questions to start with:
A - Can I use the current rhino3dm library to import & export DWGs?
B - Are there some resources on the web with more documentation about the rhino3dm library
C - In the ironPython version of this tool, I was using Rhinoscript and Macros for things like I/O, Purging and Block Management, is there an equivalent of the rs.command function for rhino3dm.py or rhino.compute?
D - Are the libraries stable enough right now to even achieve all the functionality that I’m trying to implement?
E - What are the implications of running rhino3dm/rhino.compute on AWS and how easy/hard is it to implement?
If there are people here with some more experience and can guide me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it.
You can reach out to me at email@example.com