What can't you do in Rhino but can in AutoCAD?

Autocad seems to be surviving because its the well know prog, rang my local college asking what CAD progs do they teach, they were not aware of anything but AutoCAD.
Times move on but employers don’t always.

The big issue now is

take Inventor by Autodesk, now £4k to rent it, for just 3 years, previously it was that to buy it outright.

With other programs now on the scene based on new thinking to overcome the traditional ones and their learning curve, Spaceclaim for example developed hand in hand with McNeel I gather for compatability with Rhino, and their 2D abilities, let alone their metal bending and other features , maybe you can influence your employer to take a much needed rethink.


Im aware of that, thanks for the link anyways. Still people spread those comments around with no evidence at all.
Dunno about the printing quality though, I believe that as they are both vector lines, they should have same quality when exported to pdf.

It’s a good question, and challenge for Rhino’s 2D layout people.

What would make Rhino better in 2D?

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One thing that I always missed from AutoCAD was ability to clip blocks or xrefs with custom line shapes. Obviously it made sense with 2D drawings only, but still…


There are not STB/CTB files in Rhino right? I mean you cannot import a plotting file and have all your red lines be 0.5mm stroke right?

You can do it in two seconds by selecting all red lines using color filter and then assigning required thickness. The best thing about Rhino is that you can have more red lines with different print thickness. You don’t need to alter your drawing to have a different print style.
Just to prove my point I have attached pdf with some graphics done entirely in Rhino with support of Grasshopper. I can’t imagine how the ctb would look like to achieve it.A1 design PAGE 2.pdf (6.8 MB)

I remember using the relative input a lot. You can type in < 34 + a distance . A line would be at 34 degrees and go the distance specified ( from world origin 0,0,0)
In Rhino I type the distance, then rotate the line at angle desired. Help me if there is a better way ----Mark

if you pick a start point for a line you can enter @1<34 to get a line 1 unit long at 34° or you can start a line and enter <34 and a length and the line snaps around every 34° angle, similar to Orthro.

If you leave out the @ it will be an absoute position from the origin.


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I will go through those examples you gave and see how it works —Mark

@markintheozarks More options:

10<45 is 10 units from the active view CPlane origin at 45 degrees from the X-axis of the CPlane coordinate system

@10<45 is 10 units from the last point at 45 degrees from the X-axis of the CPlane coordinate system

w10<45 is 10 units from the World origin at 45 degrees from the X-axis of the World coordinate system

@w10<45 is 10 units from the last point at 45 degrees from the X-axis of the World coordinate system

@ is relative to last point

W is in World coordinate system rather than active view CPlane coordinate system

Thank you David, great info to work with— Mark

A bill of materials would be on my wish list

Lines types are limited in Rhino. Cant do Zig Zag lines or text with in lines.
Would be good if we can control line display in 3D view. so we dont have to use make2d to control the line type.


Buys vs. Rent; nailed it.

you can also use “r” instead of @ and save yourself from having to use shift.

Do not bother with AutoCad, it is way over rated. You can get SolidEdge ST8 for free after registration. It is a 2D parametric CAD with all the tools for creating drawings. It is very relible to creat dxf or dwg files.

Dynamic blocks.


I think Mcneel should add dynamic blocks in Rhino 6!

Autocad is a pain, if Rhino gets a bit better in 2d-drawing then one would not need to switch between two programs. Which is expensive, slow and painful.

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AutoLISP is superior to Python because it is based on XLISP.

Nice one…