As always, the team at TDM Solutions lead a great webinar on RhinoGold. If you are a jewelry designer, I hope you had a chance to watch it live. But no worries if you missed the live broadcast: the recording is online and you can watch it anytime.
Not all questions could be answered last week, so Pedro Loureiro sent us the missing answers. Here they are.
Q: Can you show how you would fillet the top edge of the ring?
A: Under the modeling tab in the Fillet submenu with the Variable Fillet tool, then just select the edges to be fillet
Q: What command did you use to fill the hole of the naked edge?
A: The '_FillMeshHoles' command.
Q: What's the plus icon for? Where can I find it?
A: The plus icon "+" is inside Pave Parameters at the right of the screen.
Q: How do you initiate each operation prior to making the profile curve in Clayoo?
A: The profile curve is generated as a normal Rhino curve.
Q: Can you use RhinoEmboss for non-planar surfaces?
Q: Does the pave in preset look as good as hand settings?
Q: Can you change the parameters once you solidify the model?
A: Just select the mesh and click on the first button, the "Big ON/OFF" button of Clayoo tab. You can go back to the Clay Edit mode once the model is a mesh.
Q: Is there a library available with premade models for use as a starting point?
A: No, but you can define your own library
Q: Why does RhinoEmboss convert to mesh? You lose the ability to model in NURBS once you do that, right?
A: You can generate Mesh or NURBs. Click on Settings and select the desired options.
Q: Is the report able to remember what time you use for the ring?
A: Yes it does. You have a scheduler, and you can set a price per hour if you want to add to the total.
Q: Can you get pennyweights as a unit of measure in RhinoGold?
A: Yes just change it in the settings.
Q: Can you work within Rhino 5's interface and keep the tool bar for RhinoGold on always? Also for Solidscape it's a .SLC file you need to save as.
A: Yes sure, you can work in Rhino UI if you prefer, SolidScape printers also work well with .STL files.
Q: Can you enable hot keys for different commands in Clayoo?
A: Yes! Rhino allows you to define short keys inside Options. There you can set the shortcut as you want.
Q: Is there a subdivide function for multiple faces?
A: Yes, you can subdivide all the models if you want, using the Divide tool!
Q: How is the bracelet converted into a prototype (3d printed)?
A: For any RhinoGold object you can create a STL file to send to your 3D Printer. In the manufacturing tab, you can find the first icon called STL Wizard.
Q: Pedro mentioned the "middle button" which activated another menu of options. I'm not clear how he did that.
A: Yes, just press the middle mouse button or type _RhinoGoldMiddleButton
Q: How can RhinoGold calculate the weight of that NFL pendant? In 14 carat?
A: In Analyze tab, you have the icon Weight Metal. Another option is in File > Report
Q: Yes, but there are multiple links in the bracelet. How does RhinoGold handle that?
A: STL file supports multiple objects. I think you need to add some bridges, because if you print directly, the printer will create one object, and we need movement.