Assignment 03 3DT

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Print Your Design

Time to throw your work on the wall. On the Vapax server (3D Digital Thinking Fall 11\Lessons\00_ Printing and Custom Display)you find a video tutorial explaining how to customize your display settings and add line weights to your designs. In addition there is an example file illustrating how you can split up your drawing onto multiple sheets, print each sheet to pdf, to tile paper into a larger image. In the example file I created an 11x17 grid and split my design (Split command) with that grid of lines. Remember you can select all objects hosted on layer by right-clicking on that layer and selecting "select objects". I then carefully selected each patch of curves and put them on a named layer. After that I selected each patch and moved the lines from the appropriate corner point to (0,0,0). I toggled visibility of each layer to make this manageable. I then made a rectangle 11X17 from 0,0,0 and put it on a separate layer. Next create a page layout with "0" details at 11x17 landscape. Then right click on the viewport tab to add a detail or use the command the command line "Detail". Create a detail from one corner to other - full page size. Next with the page border rectangle and one patch of your design visible, double click into the page layout and zoom extents. This will zoom the detail to the design edges, fitting it nicely in the layout. Double Click outside the detail to exit editing and navigation. Now Print. Reference the print screen example jpg for the settings I used. Hide your patch layer and show the next patch. Rinse and Repeat.

Also in 3D Digital Thinking Fall 11\Lessons\00_ Printing and Custom Displayis a BakeMostAttrtibutes grasshopper definition. This example shows you how to, using this custom component, bake out geometry with color, layer, and material properties. Have fun experimenting! This example uses a gradient component to get color. You can also use the components Colour Swatch to get colors. Attached to Custom Preview you can display geometry in custom colors, however, Only the BakeMostAttributes component will bake geometry out with color. br>


1) Print your design out on 11X17 paper in the pod. Black and white. If you have access to a color printer outside the Pod- go for it!
2) You can Tile your design using the above method if you want a large version.
3) Show us at least 3 variations of your tiling grid printed. Add Surfaces and Line weights to make it "pop!".
4) Put your name on drawings and pin them up in the classroom back wall. BY MONDAY


Hey guys, use a date stamp so I know when you posted this. its this code "- - ~ ~ ~ ~" without spaces, 2x dashes 4x tilde : --Gsnover 13:01, 3 October 2011 (UTC)

You need to "bake" your work in grasshopper in to Rhino in order to change colors/line weight, right? I'm having trouble understanding how to connect my work with the bake example Guy posted. Has anyone succeeded in doing this yet? -Claire

Yes, bake first, then set line weights and print. Connect you geometry to the obj input and set a layer name parameter, and color etc. Then Toggle the boolean from False to True to activate bake. Then Toggle back to false. --Gsnover 13:06, 3 October 2011 (UTC)

I've been experimenting with the 'Gradient (Represents multiple colour gradient)' object type in Grasshopper. What is the proper method to bake those surface colors into various layers within Rhino? -Max

Input a matching data stream of layer names. ie. If the geometry you are baking is on 6 branches with 1 item, then make a matching list of layer names 6 branches. Each branch will bake onto a separate layer. Good question. --Gsnover 13:10, 3 October 2011 (UTC)

I have multiple curves that I would like to join on a corner. In the simple tile design, the lines could easily be `_join` together - except now I am getting the error "Can't join closed curves." Is there a way to merge these curves on their connecting edges? -Max @20111003~093006