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Exploring help options

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For this next section, we will navigate the excellent Rhino Help system, which actually has several separate and distinct parts. All are available to use at all times, but Rhino has a real-time system called Command Help. It is unique and extremely useful for beginners, but we'll start with the standard help everyone is familiar with. We find this under the Help menu > Help Topics, or the shortcut F1. So, this contains pretty much every command or operation you ever would want to try in Rhino. We are going to focus on one, just for an example here, Extrude curved surface.

Exploring help options

For this next section, we will navigate the excellent Rhino Help system, which actually has several separate and distinct parts. All are available to use at all times, but Rhino has a real-time system called Command Help. It is unique and extremely useful for beginners, but we'll start with the standard help everyone is familiar with. We find this under the Help menu > Help Topics, or the shortcut F1. So, this contains pretty much every command or operation you ever would want to try in Rhino. We are going to focus on one, just for an example here, Extrude curved surface.

We'll cover this in more detail when we get to modeling 3D surfaces. So, I want to call your attention here to this image. A lot of people don't realize it's actually a miniature movie. You just click on the Play button, and it will walk you through the steps of selecting and generating the command. You have also got the Steps numbered down below, and you also have Options. And when you start a command, you get the Options on the command line. But if you want to understand what they do first, you can select here, and this will give you description or sometimes even another video.

Another nice feature here is it will show you the icon that you might see on the interface, or where to find that command on the menu. And then if there is any additional material below that, it's related commands. There's quite a few. Okay. Let's take a look at Rhino's real- time help system, which is fairly unique in most 3D softwares. This is called Command Help. And we get a little dialog window here, and I'm going to go ahead and dock this so we are to drag this over to the side until it locks into position.

And that'll keep it from getting in the way of the Viewport. So, I'm going to go ahead and do that same command again, where I select the Curve. I do the Surface Extrude, and there is that same help section from the menu, but now it is monitoring what I do in real-time and giving me feedback and information along the way. A few more help areas available: we've got the Command List available in the same area under Help, and this gives you all the commands, one by one, in alphabetical order.

So, if you're not sure where to look for, you could just actually look here for its name first, type in search terms, find something closely related to the command you're looking for. So, we will close that. The final Help area I want to point out is the Help on the Web with additional web sites, newsgroups and all sorts of training newsletters you can sign up for. So, compared to other 3D software, Rhino is extremely focused on modeling.

Regardless, any 3D software, it can occasionally be overwhelming during the early learning stages. Fortunately, Rhino has provided a wide variety of support throughout the software, to help guide you along the way.

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Rhino 4 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
    3. Recommended hardware
      2m 44s
  2. 19m 8s
    1. Understanding the three types of entities: curves, surfaces, and solids
      5m 51s
    2. Comparing Bezier curves, B-splines, and NURBS objects
      3m 35s
    3. Comparing isocurve surfaces and mesh surfaces
      4m 50s
    4. Setting measurement units and tolerance
      4m 52s
  3. 18m 16s
    1. Introducing the viewport
      3m 20s
    2. Using construction planes to anchor model design
      5m 27s
    3. Changing the way a model is viewed using shading modes
      3m 11s
    4. Navigating the viewport with pan, zoom, rotate, and reset controls
      3m 24s
    5. Exploring help options
      2m 54s
  4. 29m 48s
    1. Understanding Rhino's command philosophy
      3m 10s
    2. Using toolbars and docking buttons to a toolbar
      3m 33s
    3. Navigating the geometry menus using a "department store" analogy
      3m 35s
    4. Using the command line and status bar to get feedback
      4m 56s
    5. Modifying the nudge control and setting other preferences
      6m 54s
    6. Using the Properties window
      3m 1s
    7. Opening and saving files
      4m 39s
  5. 14m 24s
    1. Creating basic objects: curves, surfaces, and solids
      4m 22s
    2. Performing basic transformations
      3m 14s
    3. Selecting objects
      3m 37s
    4. Organizing a project using layers
      3m 11s
  6. 21m 18s
    1. Understanding lines and polylines
      4m 10s
    2. Building rectangles and polygons
      5m 12s
    3. Creating arcs, circles, and ellipses
      7m 8s
    4. Drawing freeform curves
      4m 48s
  7. 47m 36s
    1. Comparing different types of 3D surfaces
      7m 11s
    2. Extruding surfaces to create features in a model
      8m 58s
    3. Creating surfaces with lofts
      7m 49s
    4. Using Revolve and Rail Revolve to create surfaces
      7m 42s
    5. Using Sweep Rail to create a 3D claw
      7m 49s
    6. Creating complex surface shapes using Network Surface
      8m 7s
  8. 46m 48s
    1. Introducing solids
      5m 42s
    2. Making solids with primitives
      5m 41s
    3. Extruding curves to create solids without primitives
      8m 59s
    4. Creating unique shapes with the union, difference, and intersection Boolean operators
      6m 46s
    5. Troubleshooting solids and Booleans
      8m 53s
    6. Editing with the solid edit tools
      6m 20s
    7. Creating and transforming holes in solids
      4m 27s
  9. 27m 8s
    1. Understanding Rhino's modeling aids
      3m 59s
    2. Working with the Grid Snap modeling aid
      2m 22s
    3. Using the Ortho modeling aid
      3m 4s
    4. Using the Planar modeling aid
      2m 4s
    5. Incorporating the Osnap modeling aid into your workflow
      6m 7s
    6. Understanding the Project and Smart Track modeling aids
      4m 42s
    7. Setting cursor constraints
      4m 50s
  10. 50m 14s
    1. Editing corners with Fillet and Chamfer
      7m 38s
    2. Trimming and splitting with curve Booleans
      5m 37s
    3. Moving and rotating objects with the Drag and Nudge tools
      7m 24s
    4. Copying and pasting objects
      4m 10s
    5. Understanding how Rhino uses Undo and Redo
      3m 42s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 21s
    7. Scaling objects
      6m 40s
    8. Duplicating objects using the Mirror command
      6m 36s
    9. Making copies and structured sets using arrays
      5m 6s
  11. 20m 37s
    1. Using the Analysis toolbar to understand characteristics of a model
      6m 14s
    2. Defining degrees of curve and surfaces
      6m 6s
    3. Using Rebuild and Change Degree
      8m 17s
  12. 26m 21s
    1. Measuring and labeling values on a model using dimensioning
      5m 22s
    2. Creating screen captures for quick proofs
      5m 16s
    3. Creating 2D views of a 3D model
      6m 44s
    4. Rendering a project
      8m 59s
  13. 22m 5s
    1. Preparing a model for prototyping by confirming that all gaps are closed
      5m 17s
    2. Using the "shelling" technique to create wall thickness
      10m 54s
    3. Exporting to the STL format for 3D printing
      5m 54s
  14. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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