Rhino3D: You always start with wrong model units? You can fix this in a second! Here’s how to set your favorite startup template as default. Stay with me …
Read the Rhino3D manual: There is help, too. Here’s mine:
If you’re more into Grasshopper, check this.
Rhino3D Template: Units and Grid <
When starting up, Rhino3D offers you a choice which template file to use. They differ mainly in the model units they are set to:
Irritably, although Rhino3D offers you template choice it will simultaneously open one on its own. So you are tempted to start working in this new file without checking whether the units suit you.
If you check Options – Document Properties – Units you see something like this:
(How to open Options? Type Options in the command prompt – that’s the Rhino3d way. Or: Tools menu – Options. Or: cogwheel icon in Standard toolbar.)
Grid lines and snapping will correspond:
Template Choices <
Of course in a running project you can always change the units to your like. But unquestionably, this is better managed via a template.
- When Rhino3d is running and you’ve already started working check and change units and grid settings in Rhino3D Options.
- When Rhino3D is running and you have not started working yet, choose File – New and choose a suitable template.
- You set one template as default and this will open whenever you start Rhino3D.
Startup Template Default <
So, when you find yourself working with the same set of units and grid spacing over and over again: Set up or use a template that opens by default.
Let’s say as an architect, you always want to work with the template Large Objects – Meters. Choose File – New:
A list of template files appears. Pick the right one (Large Object – Meters). Now before you hit Open be sure to check Use this file when Rhino starts. (By some arcane reason, this option is rather hard to spot.)
Now you may open this template, but as you checked the startup option it will also show up everytime Rhino3d starts.
Your Custom Template <
Just so you know: Besides units and grid settings you can bake a lot more things into a template file. Just open up the your favorite Rhino3D template and change things to your like (e.g. layers settings).
Then choose File – Save as Template … :
You’re done, you got your own template.
Be aware that even without you knowing Rhino3D choses a template for you. But you can:
- Get control by opening the right template.
- Get more control by defining your favorite template as startup default.
- And streamline your workflow by designing your own template.