Upload your first building - Rhino

1. Create your first project in Finch

  • Navigate to the Projects page on the web-app and select Create New. Give your project a name, make it collaborative, and hit OK.

2. Load the project into Rhino

  • Switch over to Rhino and type Finch to open the Finch plug-in.

  • Log in with your Finch account under the Account tab.

  • Under the Project tab, select your new project and variant from the drop-down menus, and click Load Project.

When you load a project into Rhino, the Finch layers are automatically imported to the layers panel. You use these to send and receive geometry to Finch.

3. Create a building mass

  • Draw a building mass in millimeters.

For precise calculations, each building mass on a site should be uploaded as a single, unified mass.

  • If you are modeling using separate blocks for stories, use the BooleanUnion command to create a single mass prior to uploading.

4. Assign geometry to Finch Layers

  • Place the volume onto the building mass layer, multiple masses go on the same layer together.

5. Add a centerline

  • Activate the centerline layer.

  • On the base of the building, draw a polyline that goes through the average midpoints of the floor plate.

A centerline controls the placement of Finch generated corridors. It represents the centerline of the corridor itself (if you input a 2m corridor, the corridor will be offset both sides of the centerline by 1m).

6. Add grid lines (optional)

  • Activate the grid lines layer.

  • Place polylines on the bottom of the building.

You can snap to gridlines while editing or while generating around a custom core.

When generating a floor plate, slide the Grid Lines weight fully to the right to prioritize it.

7. Sync project

  • Sync to upload the building mass.

  • Once the sync is complete, the Rhino model will display floors and a data tag within the Rhino mass and the building will appear inside of Finch.

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