Rhinoceros

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Overview

Rhinoceros (Rhino3D) can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS* curves, surfaces, and solids, point clouds, and polygon meshes with no limits on complexity, degree, or size beyond those of your hardware. Use Rhino3D wherever curvaceous design and manipulation is required.

Rhino can be used as a stand-alone software but it is mostly used in conjunction with other CAD, CAM and CAE programs as well as parametric solids modelers, architectural software, renderers or analysis software.

It makes the ideal companion tool for many design tasks and is also used as a CAD ‘engine’ for many third party applications.

“This has more power and flexibility than other modelers costing thousands.”

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Special features include:

  • Uninhibited free-form 3D modeling tools like those found only in products costing 20 to 50 times more. Model any shape you can imagine.
  • Accuracy needed to design, prototype, engineer, analyze, and manufacture anything from an airplane to jewelry.
  • Compatibility with all your other design, drafting, CAM, engineering, analysis, rendering, animation, and illustration software.
  • Read and repair meshes and extremely challenging IGES files.
  • Accessible. So easy to learn and use that you can focus on design and visualization without being distracted by the software.
  • Fast, even on an ordinary laptop computer. No special hardware is needed.
  • Development platform for hundreds of specialty 3D products.
  • Affordable. Ordinary hardware. Short learning curve. Affordable purchase price. No maintenance fees.

Push Pull

The primary reason you would use Rhino in your design workflow is to generate NURBs – Non Uniform Rational B-Splines – these are really flexible curves and surfaces that are also extremely accurate. Rhino’s comprehensive tool-set means you can make any shape and make it a reality. Control points on curves or surfaces can be manipulated freely or with digital accuracy. 

“Working with Rhino surfacing is like working with sheets of rubber that you can push and pull into shape.”

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Model Creation Tools Include…

Points: points, point clouds, point grid, extract from objects, mark (intersection, divide, draft-angle, ends, closest, foci)

Curves: line, polyline, polyline on mesh, free-form curve, circle, arc, ellipse, rectangle, polygon, helix, spiral, conic, TrueType text, point interpolation, control points (vertices), sketch.

Curves from other objects: through points, through polyline, extend, continue curve,  fillet, chamfer, offset, blend, arc blend, from 2 views, tween, cross section profiles, intersection, contour on NURBS surface or mesh, section on NURBS surface or mesh, border, silhouette, extract isoparm, extract curvature graph, projection, pullback, sketch, wireframe, detach trim, 2D drawings with dimensions and text, flatten developable surfaces.

Surfaces: from 3 or 4 points, from 3 or 4 curves, from planar curves, from network of curves, rectangle, deformable plane, extrude, ribbon, rule, loft with tangency matching, developable, sweep along a path with edge matching, sweep along two rail curves with edge continuity, revolve, rail revolve, tween, blend, patch, drape, point grid, heightfield, fillet, chamfer, offset, plane through points, TrueType text, Unicode (double-byte) text.

Solids: box, sphere, cylinder, tube, pipe, cone, truncated cone, pyramid, truncated pyramid, ellipsoid, torus, extrude planar curve, extrude surface, cap planar holes, join surfaces, region, nonmanifold merge, TrueType text, Unicode (double-byte) text.

Meshes: from NURBS surfaces, from closed polyline, mesh face, plane, box, cylinder, cone, and sphere.

Editing tools…

General Tools: delete, delete duplicates, join, merge, trim, untrim, split, explode, extend, fillet, chamfer, object properties, history.

Transform Tools: cut, copy, paste, move, rotate, mirror, scale, stretch, align, array, twist, bend, taper, shear, offset, orient, flow along curve, pull, project, boxedit, smash, squish.

Points and curves: control points, edit points, handlebars, smooth, fair, change degree, add/remove knots, add kinks, rebuild, refit, match, simplify, change weight, make periodic, adjust end bulge, adjust seam, orient to edge, convert to arcs, a polyline, or line segments.

Surfaces: control points, handlebars, change degree, add/remove knots, match, extend, merge, join, untrim, split surface by isoparms, rebuild, shrink, make periodic, Boolean (union, difference, intersection), unroll developable surfaces, array along curve on surface.

Solids: fillet edges, extract surface, shell, Booleans (union, difference, intersection).

Meshes: explode, join, weld, unify normals, apply to surface, reduce polygons.

Conversion, Capture and Analysis

Rhinoceros is renown as a file converter and is often used to import, manipulate and convert common 3D model file formats including IGES. Rhino3D can be used to import poorly made surface models and stitch them together to form fully closed solids for use in parametric modelers like SolidWorks, Inventor and IronCAD (preferred).

You can also you use it to interrogate your model for the widest range of measured data.

“I use Rhino in my manufacturing business to clean up dodgy models from lazy designers. Its been a life saver on more than one occasion.”

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Design realization requires high‑quality 3D models in every phase of design, presentation, analysis, and fabrication. Rhino includes tools to help ensure that the 3D models used throughout your process are the highest possible quality.

Analysis: point, length, distance, angle, radius, bounding box, normal direction, area, area centroid, area moments, volume, volume centroid, volume moments, , hydrostatics, surface curvature, geometric continuity, deviation, nearest point, curvature graph on curves and surfaces, naked edges, working surface analysis viewport modes (draft angle, zebra stripe, environment map with surface color blend, show edges, show naked edges, Gaussian curvature, mean curvature, and minimum or maximum radius of curvature).

3D Capture existing 3D data is often one of the first steps in a design project. Rhino has always directly supported both 3D digitizing hardware and 3D scanned point cloud data. Rhino supports:

  • Large point clouds. 3D scanners have become faster and cheaper, making huge scan files more common. Rhino’s 64-bit support and enhanced support for graphic co‑processors has made it possible to work with these large point clouds.
  • LIDAR captures 3D terrain data for agriculture, archaeology, conservation, geology, land use planning, surveying, transportation, plus wind farm, solar farm, and cell tower deployment optimization. Rhino 6 for Windows has robust support for plug-ins, such as RhinoTerrain, that provide specialty tools for these new Rhino users.

3D digitizing supportMicroScribeFaroArm, and Romer/Cimcore.

Robust mesh import, export, creation, and editing tools are critical to all phases of design, including:

  • Transferring captured 3D data from digitizing and scanning into Rhino as mesh models.
  • Exchanging mesh data with many applications.
  • Exporting meshes for analysis and rendering.
  • Exporting meshes for prototyping and fabrication.
  • Converting NURBS to meshes for display and rendering.

Both new and enhanced mesh tools, plus support for double-precision meshes, accurately represent and display ground forms such as the 3D topography of a large city.

Some features we think you’ll love…

Drafting

Yes – Rhino3D is now imbued with drafting tools for when you need to make documentation of your designs.

The goal for Rhino 6 was to make it easier to create 2D drawings and illustrations for every discipline in every notation system and visual style used around the world.

Annotation objects include: arrows, dots, dimensions (horizontal, vertical, aligned, rotated, radial, diameter, angle), text blocks, leaders, hidden line removal, Unicode (double-byte) support for text, dimensions, and notes. Dimensions in perspective views are supported.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper is a graphical algorithm editor included with Rhino.

Unlike RhinoScript, Rhino.Python, or other programming languages, Grasshopper requires no knowledge of programming or scripting, but still allows developers and designers to develop form generation algorithms without writing code.

Display

Features include extremely fast 3D graphics, unlimited viewports, shaded, working views, perspective working views, named views, floating views, full-screen display, 3D stereo view modes, draw order support, two‑point perspective, clipping planes, and one-to-one scale to view models at full size.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What license options are available?

Rhino3D is supplied as a lifetime license that will continue to run for as long as your PC and operating system will support it. There is no compulsory subscription and you don’t have to be connected to the internet to use the software.

Is it difficult to learn?

Compared with any other curvaceous modeller Rhino3D is the easiest to learn due to its consistent logical interface and the huge volume of resources all around the world.

Forums will help you when you need to ask a question and online training materials and YouTube links make learning fast.

Rhino3D is probably the most used professional 3D modeller world wide.

Why Rhino3D vs other CAD software?

Don’t think of Rhino3D as a competitor but rather as a compliment to other CAD products.

We recommend Rhino3D on its own when your budget doesn’t extend to products like IronCAD for mechanical design or ARCHLineXP for architecture, or when you only require free form models for character creation in a movie or game for instance.

In most cases Rhino is used to model complex surfaces and then on-send those surfaces to downstream design processes.

Even when you intend to use Rhino3D on its own you eventually find that it works best for you with plugins for your particular task. There are plugins for boat design, jewelery, architecture and more.

If you’re not quite sure what the best fit for you is then ask one of our expert team members to make a recommendation. We’ve been supplying Rhino3D to designers longer than anyone else in the country.

Is Rhino3D for architecture a good idea?

If you are involved in modern curvaceous forms and are exploring organic construction then Rhino3D (with Grasshopper) is a great way to develop up your ideas. It is NOT a great architectural documentation tool.

Typically you will want to export your Rhino3D model to IronCAD for manufacturing/detailing drawings and to programs like Revit, ArchiCAD or ARCHLineXP (preferred) for architectural BIM/CAD management and documentation.

If you are involved in more traditional construction methods used in 98% of designs that are actually built, then Rhino3D for architecture is a less appropriate or productive choice as it has no tools for speeding up the creation and editing of typical architectural elements such as walls, windows, doors, roofs, slabs, stairs etc.

What is Flamingo, Bongo, Brazil, and Penguin?

Rhino3D is the modelling engine used to create your 3D objects, Flamingo is a rendering plugin that makes your model look almost real, Bongo will animate your model to produce a movie, Penguin will let you create illustrative images of your masterpiece and Brazil will do higher quality rendering.

In addition to these plugins from the makers of Rhino3D themselves, there are many third party plugins for Rhino. These range from jewelry design, ship design, structural analysis, fluid dynamics, animation and rendering.

for rendering we like to use Lumion and KeyShot (and sometimes V-Ray)

It can be quite challenging to find the ideal product for your particular need so be sure to ask our team for advice or recommendations.

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System Requirements

Windows

Hardware

  • 8 GB memory (RAM) or more is recommended.
  • 600 MB disk space.
  • OpenGL 4.1 capable video card is recommended.
  • No more than 63 CPU Cores.
  • Multiple-button mouse with scroll wheel is recommended.
  • The SpaceNavigator is supported.
  • Apple hardware is supported with Bootcamp.

Operating Systems

  • Windows 10, 8.1, or 7 SP1

Internet Connection for

  • Download and installation
  • License validation

Rhino Account for

  • Technical support on the forum.
  • Cloud Zoo licence management.

Mac

Hardware

  • Apple Mac with an Intel processor.
  • 8 GB memory (RAM) or more is recommended.
  • 600 MB disk space.
  • NVIDIA or AMD graphics processor is recommended.
  • Multiple-button mouse with scroll wheel is recommended for desktop Macs.
  • The SpaceNavigator and SpaceMouse Wireless are supported.

Recommended Operating Systems

  • macOS 10.13.6 (High Sierra) or higher

Limited Support

  • OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan) or better is required for Grasshopper for Mac beta
  • OS X 10.10.5 (Yosemite)
  • OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks)
  • OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)

Internet Connection for

  • Download and installation
  • License validation

Rhino Account for

  • Technical support on the forum.
 

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