1- Disclaimer

trimaran Kenau. The trimaran project proved that Rhino is a professional tool to turn an idea into reality. More and more, Petersen became convinced that Rhino is the perfect tool to model any vessel hull whether it is a ship, boat or yacht. The next step was to bring his developed knowledge and experience to a training. This way, anyone can profit from Rhino being a hull design and fairing tool. As Petersen offers Rhino training since 2005, he also has to experience how to transfer knowledge in a comprehensible way.

Training Videos of the exercises

  • The videos in this module are already made in Rhino 6 as it will be released early in 2018. As you will see, the look and feel of Rhino 6 is similar to Rhino 5. What will catch your eye mostly is that Rhino shows the control points of curves when you select them.
  • The training videos are made at a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.
  • The videos often zoom in and out to focus on the action of typing a command, turning on/off a layer etc. This is also done for those who watch these videos on a smaller screen like a tablet for example.
  • The videos also often contain annotations that display the current action. For example arrows point out to look at another location than the position of the mouse pointer at that specific moment. Also often the use of specific keys on the keyboard are indicated. This might probably seem a bit stupid or unnecessary but this is also done for people who are deaf, have other hearing problems or find it difficult to understand the English pronunciation.
  • We would like to hear your comments on the videos to be able to improve them.

About RhinoCentre

Since 2003 RhinoCentre shares and increases Rhino knowledge in offering training, consultancy and other services to the marine industry worldwide. The best example is the joined development of the Rapid Hull Modeling Methodology with people of several companies and organizations. On the other hand is RhinoCentre in close contact with McNeel & Associates, the developers of Rhino as well as plugin developers to make Rhino even better. RhinoCentre maintains with most of their customers a long lasting relationships based on trust and equality. Please contact us if you need any help regarding Rhino related issues.

About the value of this training

We have invested more than a decade of experience in this training. To develop a training module like this one takes us at least three months. You and your company paid for this in time and money. Please keep this in mind in case you’re considering giving this training (or the associated training files) away, or even worse, publishing it on internet. There is no way we can prevent this with protections. Actually we don’t even want to try. We simply trust you on this.
  • Training based on Rhino version 5.0
  • Training Manual September 2017
  • Copyright RhinoCentre 2012-2017,  All Rights Reserved
  • This manual is part of the training curriculum offered by RhinoCentre
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Note: Rhinoceros is a registered trademark and Rhino is a trademark of Robert McNeel& Associates. All other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.  

3- Before you start

Exercise 1:
  • Make sure 'Grid Snap' is turned off and 'Ortho', 'Osnap' and 'Planar' is turned on in the status bar (Fig.2)
[caption id="attachment_8667" align="alignnone" width="700"] Fig.2: Osnap toolbar & Status bar[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8662" align="alignright" width="412"] Fig.3: Layer manager panel[/caption]
  • Make sure that the Osnap toolbar is visible (Fig.2). If it’s not go to 'Tools' > 'Object Snap' > and check 'Persistent Osnap Dialog'
  • In the Osnap toolbar (Fig.2), turn on the following object snaps: 'End', 'Near', 'Point', 'Mid', 'Cen', 'Int'
  • Make sure the Layer manager panel is visible (Fig.3). If it’s not, then run the _Layer command
  • Download now the necessary training files: M1R2 - Training Files - Online
  • Make sure to store the files in a secure place on your hard drive.
  • Now copy the training files folder to the desktop. This makes it most easy to access the necessary files during the training.
  • At last, create a new folder on your desktop and name it "WIP" (Work In Progress). In this folder you can save your training files thus keeping the original files clean.

Rhino viewport orientation

At this point one word about Rhino viewport orientation in Rhino. In naval architecture, the hull center line orientation is along the X-axis which is unfortunately inconsistent with the Rhino viewport setup because:
  • The side view of the hull is called 'Front' in Rhino.
  • The front view is called 'Right' in Rhino.
It is possible to rename views in Rhino, however to avoid confusion with other Rhino users and when working with Rhino files from other people, this training uses Rhino default viewport names.    

4- Design, Reverse Engineering and Modeling

5- Model a hull from a 2D lines plan or general arrangement drawing

6- Strategy; understanding before making decisions

7- Pilot Boat Hull

8- Advanced Analysis

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