Rhino 5.14 [blocks]

“Working with external blocks”

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  1. After carefully drawing a building component you can save and re-use that component in a new drawing. You can also edit/change that component in one file and have it update in all the places you have re-used it.
  2. Open the drawing containing your finished part. Make sure the part is oriented on the x-y axis and has the desired control point at 0,0,0.
  3. In an new Rhino model, choose Edit>Blocks>Insert Block Instance... [Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  4. The “Insert” pop-up window will appear (shown above). Now click on the “File” button and browse to the location of your file saved in step 2.
  5. Make sure to leave Insert as “Block Instance” checked and you may select how you wish to manage your blocks by selecting whether you would like to link your blocked file or embed you blocked file. Generally, it is good to pick “link” to preserve file size and “embed” when file size doesn’t matter. Insertion Point, Scale, & Rotation are other options should you wish to modify your block prior to insertion.
  6. To update a linked block or to otherwise modify a block, you can open the Block Manager by navigating to Edit>Blocks>Block Manager...[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
    • Note: Blocks are inserted on the active layer (and can be turned on or off as a whole using that layer. They also bring any layers from the block referenced file and objects can be turned on/off from those layers as well. Consider placing the block on it’s own layer to avoid confusion.


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