Exercise 208

Building Rhino Blocks: Part 1


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Introduction: 

In this exercise, you will create and upload a building component to the course website. You will have access to an archive of building components that you can use as blocks in your future designs. Please work carefully to create accurate components so others can use them (and will want to use them).

Special Note:  As I will not be in class today before you begin this exercise, you should watch Lecture 208 here.

Part 1: Selecting a building component

  • You have the freedom in this exercise to choose whatever building component you wish. You may want to create a window, door, sliding glass door, kitchen cabinet, etc. For this exercise, please focus on a component that is integral to the building rather than an object (like a vase).
  • The component you choose to model should be an existing object, not one that you design.  (It should be available for purchase, for example).
  • You may wish to search online for specifications on the component you select. You can try the manufacturer’s website as they often have a specification page and even CAD files available for download. You are welcome to use these CAD files as a guideline.

Part 2: Create the building component in Rhino

  • Using the skills learned in class thus far, create your building component adding as much detail as you can. You will have the full lab period to complete this exercise.

Part 3: Adding Materials & Texture Maps

  • Find appropriate materials for your object. If no materials are available, you can follow V-Ray 8.3-8.9 to create your own material. (We will cover building materials later in the course)
  • Make sure to adjust texture mapping as appropriate for your objects.

Part 4: Cleaning up your work

  • This file is going to be used as a block by you and by other students in the future. Please clean up your layers and delete any unnecessary lines/surfaces/construction lines.
  • I would suggest setting up nested layers for your particular object. This will give control to turn off the block as a whole, but also individual pieces of the block. For example, if you created a window as your building component, you would create a top layer titled “Window 3-0 5-0” and several sub-layers “Window Frame,” “Window,” and “Window Jambs.” This layering scheme would allow you to turn off individual pieces of the block as well as the entire window. It will also help to keep the layers organized on your final master drawing. Each layer should have an associated material.
  • Navigate to V-Ray>Pack Project to create a .zip file that includes your Rhino file and all of your used V-Ray materials.
  • Open the “ Ex208_BaseFileForTestRendering.3dm” file that is available from the course website.  Inset your component and create a nice perspective rendering of it.  Save the resulting rendered image.  You will use this as the featured image for your post.

Part 5: Posting your work

  • Create a new post on the course website. Upload your .zip file (VRay>Pack Project) to the post and select “Insert Into Post” once it has finished uploading.
  • Set your post’s featured image as the rendering of your component.
  • Before clicking publish, you will find a box on the lower right of the web page entitled “Rhinoceros Blocks.” Please add the type of your building component (for example “Window” if you created a window) in this field.
  • Publish your post.
  • You do not need to comment on this exercise.
  • Your work must be posted by the end of class today.

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