Rhino 3D Tip: Harnessing Cage Edit in Rhino 3D for Advanced Model Manipulation

April 01, 2024 2 min read

Rhino 3D Tip: Harnessing Cage Edit in Rhino 3D for Advanced Model Manipulation


For today's tip, we delve into the powerful yet underutilized tool within Rhino 3D Software called Cage Edit. This transformative feature allows designers to manipulate complex models with ease, offering a level of flexibility akin to working with digital clay. At NOVEDGE, we understand the importance of mastering such tools to elevate your design process.

  • Understanding Cage Edit: Cage Edit applies a control cage around an object, enabling you to manipulate the cage's control points, which in turn deforms the enclosed object.
  • Setting Up: To use Cage Edit, select your object, then go to Transform > Cage Editing > Cage Edit. Choose whether to create a new control cage or use an existing object as a cage.
  • Control Point Density: When creating a new cage, decide on the number of control points. More points provide finer control but can be more complex to manage.
  • Global vs. Local Control: You can choose to affect the whole object or focus on a localized area. This is particularly useful for detailed adjustments without altering the entire model.
  • Non-Destructive Editing: One of the major advantages of Cage Edit is that it's non-destructive, meaning you can experiment with shapes and forms without permanently altering the original geometry.
  • Combining with History: Use Rhino's History to record the Cage Edit. This way, if you modify the cage later on, the object updates accordingly.
  • Variable Manipulation: You can scale, rotate, and move the control points of the cage, which gives you varied ways of deforming the object inside.
  • Applications: This tool is particularly useful in industries like automotive, shipbuilding, or character modeling, where smooth and flowing surfaces are essential.
  • Efficiency: For large or complex models, Cage Edit can be a more efficient way to make changes compared to editing individual control points on surfaces or polysurfaces.
  • Combining Tools: Combine Cage Edit with other Rhino tools like Soft Move or Gumball for additional control and fine-tuning.

At NOVEDGE, we encourage you to incorporate Cage Edit into your regular workflow, as it can significantly reduce the time spent on model adjustments while simultaneously increasing your ability to create intricate and unique forms. For more insights on Rhino 3D Software and to enhance your design skills, visit our extensive collection of resources or reach out to our expert team for personalized advice.


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