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The Masthead
June 2012
Setting Up a Template
File in Rhino
By Bruce Hayes, Principal Naval Architect, DRS Defense Solutions, LLC
Rhino and Orca3D have a number of
settings which a user may wish to set
before starting a new model. Some of
these are stored in the registry, and
are therefore in effect each time you
start Rhino. Others, however, are spe-
cific to a Rhino document, and while
they are stored with an existing
model, they have to be set each time
you start a new model. For example,
in Rhino it is common to set the fol-
lowing items before beginning a new
model, in the
Document Properties
dialog:

Units (mm, m, feet, inches,
etc.)

Tolerance

Grid settings
Similarly, there are a number of set-
tings that are specific to Orca3D that
should be set before beginning a new
model. These settings can be accessed through the
OrcaProperties
command which opens the Orca3D Document
Properties dialog shown right. Some of these include:

Company Name

Logo File

Orca3D units (all units other than length, which is a Rhino setting)

Model Orientation

View Settings

Fluid Density

Hydrostatics mesh settings
Rather than having to remember to go through this process each time you begin a new model, it is easier to set eve-
rything once, and then save a template file; simply use the
Save As Template
function in the
File Menu
after entering
all of the settings.
When starting Rhino, select
File/New
(or type the command
New
). You will be able to select from a list of templates.
If you’d like to automatically start with your template each time you open Rhino, check the box that says
Use this file
when Rhino starts
, and then select your template from the list.
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