Rhino 3D
last edited by Stefan Boeykens on January 22, 2014
Price: $500 - $1,000

Rhino is a 3D modeling software package that can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids. Rhino also supports polygon meshes and point clouds.

Plugins for Rhino 3D

Average: 9.7 (11 votes)

surface modeler, product design, prototyping
Digital Project Designer
iRhino 3D
solidThinking Evolve
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Stefan Boeykens 2 months 3 weeks ago

While slowly evolving into a system that does everything, it is mainly a powerful CAD modelling system, with special focus on NURBS.

Currently very popular in architectural design, because of the Grasshopper Add-on.
And the OSX version is already very usable (apart from lack of Grasshopper).

Very fresh licensing model: fair price for commercial users, no unneeded yearly-updates (but there are service updates), cheap for students (yet still allowing commercial work).

Brian Ringley 1 year 4 months ago

Totally agree with everything Nathan said ^ . I've always loved Rhino for its accessibility to young students and novices. In contrast to other modelers with easy UIs (SketchUp!), Rhino is a good choice to ensure that users understand core modeling concepts and good modeling craft. A strong foundation in Rhino allows the user to more easily transition into its extensions (Grasshopper, RhinoScript, etc.) but also into apps with higher learning curves (Maya, Alias, SolidWorks, Inventor, Digital Project, etc.). An extensive collection of Rhino plug-ins also allows you to mod Rhino for practically any task: T-Splines and Weaverbird for subdivision surface modeling, RhinoCAM for CNC toolpathing, VRay for visualization, RhinoNest for efficient parts layouts in sheet stock - the list goes on and on. If your company is willing to foot the bill, or you have the expendable income for training, I highly recommend going out to McNeel's offices in Seattle for one of their training sessions.

Nathan Miller 1 year 4 months ago

Rhino is a Swiss army knife of a modeler and a staple tool for contemporary design workflows.

What makes Rhino so popular? Great freeform modeling, highly extensible interface, numerous 3rd party plug-ins, user-driven product development, and an amazing community of helpful enthusiasts.


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