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5 Steps to Scaling Objects in Rhino 5

If you want to scale an object in Rhino 5, then this information is just what you need.

Use this easy step-by-step guide and in just a few minutes you can have an object scaled to perfectly fit in your design.

Even if you don’t know much about the software, you can do this.

Follow these simple and easy steps to make your designs realistic.


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Rhino offers three ways to scale an object or curves. Scale 1D, Scale 2D and Scale 3D.

Here are the instructions to start with Scale 1D:


1. Type “Scale” in the upper lefthand box. Three options appear. Select the 'Scale 1D' option to scale an object in one direction.


Then, select the first box.


This will scale non-uniformly in one direction only. You will need to provide a reference line or an origin point.



You can click this line to reference this edge.

And now it’s ready to stretch just in one direction.


You can specify either a reference point or you can type in a factor.

You can do the same for the height. You can reference the vertical line and increase it to your desired measurement.


It now that will be exactly scaled to your measurements.


2. Select Scale 2D to scale in two directions


To scale in 2D, choose your object and pick your origin point.


As in the 1D,  you select your reference point.


However,  now it is Scaling in the X and Y directions.


If you do the same in the vertical direction, it provides the same result. 


3. Choose Scale 3D to scale in three directions

 Simply  type "Scale" in the box to go directly to Scale 3D...The ultimate - 3 dimensional scaling.


3D scaling scales in all directions at once..


4. Choose a reference line, and move your mouse to dramatically scale the object

If you want to scale by a factor and know the distance, simply select it. Type in 'scale 1D'


Pick your origin point and type in scale factor "2"


and it will imbed those factors.


Then, provide your reference point. If you choose the vertical point, it will double that size.



5. You can either intuitively pick a point to scale or type in a dimension for accurate resizing.

For 3D, because it already knows it's going to scale in all three axes, just type in 'scale', pick the origin point and type in "2" or what you want - it will adjust accordingly.  


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Posted on 20 Jan 2020

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