Rhino 3D Tip: Maximizing Efficiency in Rhino 3D: Expert Tips for Creating Custom Macros

June 15, 2024 2 min read

Rhino 3D Tip: Maximizing Efficiency in Rhino 3D: Expert Tips for Creating Custom Macros


Enhancing your productivity in Rhino 3D can significantly improve your design process. Custom macros are a powerful way to automate repetitive tasks. Here are some valuable tips for creating custom Rhino macros:

  • Understand the Basics: Familiarize yourself with Rhino's command structure. Each action in Rhino can be accessed through a command which can be combined into macros.
  • Record Macros: Use the CommandRecorder to track your actions and generate a macro script. This can be a starting point for creating more complex macros.
  • Simplify Tasks: Identify repetitive tasks in your workflow that can be simplified with a macro. Automating simple tasks like setting up viewports or exporting files can save time.
  • Use Aliases: Create aliases for your macros by going to Options > Aliases in Rhino. Assign a memorable keyword to run your macro with a simple command.
  • Conditional Statements: Incorporate conditional statements into macros for smarter operations. RhinoScript or Python can be used for complex macros that require decision-making.
  • Share Your Macros: Macros can be shared with your team, ensuring consistent workflows. Store your macros in a shared location or embed them in Rhino's toolbar buttons.
  • Test Thoroughly: Before relying on a custom macro, test it in different scenarios to ensure it behaves as expected and doesn't disrupt your workflow.
  • Learn From Others: Join forums and communities like Rhino Community to learn from other users' contributions and share your own.
  • Use Comments: Include comments in your macros to describe what each part does. This makes it easier to edit or debug them later on.
  • Custom Toolbars: Integrate your macros into custom toolbars for quick access. Right-click on a toolbar and choose Customize Toolbar to drag and drop macros onto it.

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