BoltGen

Rhino plugin BoltGen and external program BoltGenGUI (Graphical User Interface) are free programs that creates accurate Metric and English machine bolts of any length.  In addition, they create inside-thread-cutters and nuts.  Generated part Names (in Properties window) allow easy identification.  BoltGenGUI provides an easy-to-use Graphical User Interface.
 
 Makes Sockethead Capscrews, Flat head Machine screws, Flat head Capscrews, Oval Heads, Pan heads, and Hex Heads, or just threads without heads if desired.
 
 
 
Head drives include Torx, Philips, Allen and Hex wrench.
 
4 bolt styles can be created: threaded, without threads. and each as blocks.
 
Program is multilingual supporting English, Spanish, German, Czech, and Italian.  BoltGenGUI also supports French.
 
A second command in the plugin (BoltGenAN) is provided to make type AN Aircraft Bolts.  BoltGenGUI has this incorporated into the GUI.
 
For Rapid-Prototyping in the plugin version, an additional function is included to resize the Inside_Thread_Cutter called ThreadCutterScaler.  It allows resizing the cutter (or any object) in the WorldXY plane to increase thread slop.
 
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Link for download: http://mcvanaero.com/resources
 
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Plugin version:  Download, unZip, and place in Rhinoceros Plug-in Folder.  In Rhino, choose Tools, Options, Plug-Ins, and Install BoltGen.
 Rhino commands are BoltGen, BoltGenAN, and ThreadCutterScaler  (also available from drop-down menu selections).
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GUI version:  Download, unZip into temporary folder, and execute setup.exe.  The program may be executed from your Start menu, folder BoltGen.  Please see the Read Me.txt file in the download for more information.
 
 

Support Email: 4FQ.FLYS3S1Q4@ESL@
Plug-in rating:
5
Average: 5 (5 votes)
Downloads:
Title Release Notes
BoltGen 1.71 release
2013-Jun-22
Now includes aircraft type AN bolts Fixed metric hex head size problem Minor other fixes  
602 downloads
Version: 1.71
Language: English
BoltGen Plug-in for Rhino
2013-May-04
Fixed units scale problem with torx driver  
547 downloads
Version: 1.4
Language: English
Bolt and Screw Creation Program
2013-May-04
Creates bolts faster by disabling draw during generation some minor bug fixes Added more correct head shape generation  
328 downloads
Version: Version 1.2 5/4/2013
Language: English
    
        
Homepage: McVan Aerospace

Comments

Really good plugin! I love it. Good job! 

dr_d's picture

after copying the plug-in in without reading any directions, I also received this plugin is blocked; see http://wiki.mcneel.com/rhino/unblockplugin

 

Here's the steps that worked to get it installed:

Close Rhino. 

Go to downloads folder.  

Unzip BoltGen 

right click, select properties

where it says this file might be blocked to protect computer because it came from another, click unblock

now open second explorer window; win+e

then navigate to the rhino plug-ins folder

drag the file from downloads to the plugins

select move/replace

start rhino, 

select file--> properties

then go to plug-ins

click install

find Boltgen.rhp

click ok..

 

MANY MANY THANKS FOR BOLTGEN!  It looks that it will be a big help for my daughter's landscape architecture project.

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Rhino 5 64-bit on Win7

Brilliant, thanks!

armac's picture

To those having trouble installing the BoltGen Plug-in:

I have created an external GUI (Graphical User Interface) for BoltGen that should resolve your installation problems.  It is an external program that makes calls to Rhino, and uses a much better interface for bolt selections.

1. If the latest version of Rhino is not running, BoltGenGUI will launch it.  When closing BoltGen, Rhino will ask if you want to save your changes ... abort will keep Rhino running.

2.  If the latest version of Rhino is running, BoltGenGUI will use it.  Closing BoltGenGUI will not close Rhino.

Please download BoltGenGUI from http://mcvanaero.com/resources.html

UnZIP and install like any other application using setup.exe.  Run it from the Start-Menu BoltGen folder.

Regards, Ray McKaig

I have tried this method, but still no joy in installing this plug in? Any suggestions? http://wiki.mcneel.com/rhino/unblockplugin
It appears that the Plug-In has been locked and Rhino will not install - how is the plug-in unlocked?

how do use this program

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