Assembly 10.7 [Plans from Rhino]

“Plans from Rhino with V-Ray”


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  1. Open your “finished” model in Rhino. Use File>Save As… to save a copy of your file as you will make irreversable changes to your model.
  2. Draw a large horizontal plane 4’ above the finished floor of your model. Make sure the plane is larger than all geometry in the scene. [premium content]
  3. Follow Rhino 5.26 [sectiontools] to create a sectional (plan) view of your model (use the plane created in step 2 as a guide). Make sure to specify “Surfaces” as the “Solid Mode” when creating the section.[premium content]
  4. Switch to the top view and adjust the view to include all of your floor plan (and surrounding context) that you wish. Now follow Rhino 5.28 [saved views] to create a named, saved view.
  5. Follow Rhino 5.37 [viewport rectangle] to create a viewport rectangle of your view saved in step 4.
    Show your section view using stview in your named view. [premium content]
  6. Follow Rhino 5.35 [make2d] to create a line drawing of your plan view. You may wish to check the box for “Maintain Source Layers.”[premium content]
  7. Switch to the Top view and find the lines created by make2d. Move these lines to 0,0,0.
    With the make2d geometry selected, navigate to File>Export Selected…
  8. Choose “Adobe Illustrator (*.ai)” as the “Save As Type” and give your file a name.
  9. In the AI Export Options you can set the scale of your export. Click on “Preserve Object Scale.” If you would like 1/4” = 1’, type 48 inches = 1 inch. Click Ok.[premium content]
  10. Now follow V-Ray 8.29 [clay renderings] to create a clay rendering of your view. Save the resulting rendering.Assembly07-8
  11. Open the Adobe Illustrator file you saved in step 8/9.[premium content]
  12. Adjust your artboard to match the viewport rectangle exported with your make2d lines.[premium content]
  13. Rename your layers to better reflect content on the layers.
  14. Adjust lineweights as appropriate and change lines on hidden layers to be dashed (You may have to show “Show Options” in the Stroke window to see this option. [premium content]
  15. Fill in walls that have been cut through with a 75% gray. (Lock all layers, create a new layer and use the pen tool to draw the shape of the walls). [premium content]
  16. Use File>Place to insert your clay rendering (on a layer below your line layers). [premium content] Follow Illustrator 3.10 [background texture] to add a grunge texture to the background clay rendering (if you wish). [premium content]
  17. Add contour lines if you wish. I suggest a dashed line that is 8 pt lines with a 4 pt gap at 95% gray.  [premium content]

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