Getting ready for Rhino!

Rhinoceros 3D (Rhino) is a stand-alone, commercial NURBS-based 3D modeling tool, developed by Robert McNeel & Associates. The software is commonly used for industrial design, architecture, marine design, jewelry design, automotive design, CAD/ CAM, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering as well as the multimedia and graphic design industries.

Rhino specializes in free-form non-uniform rational B-spline (NURBS) modeling. There are several rendering plug-ins developed by McNeel: Flamingo (raytrace), Penguin (non-photorealistic), Bongo and Brazil (advanced). Over 100 third-party plug-ins are also available.

Like many modeling applications, Rhino also features a scripting language, based on the Visual Basic language. Rhinoceros 3D gained its popularity in architectural design in part because of the Grasshopper plug-in (parametric modeling tool) for computational design.

Rhino’s increasing popularity is based on its diversity, multi-disciplinary functions, low learning-curve, relatively low cost, and its ability to import and export over 30 file formats, which allows Rhino to act also as a ‘converter’ tool between programs in a design workflow.

Rhino Blog! Tips, Guides & Videos

The Mac version of Rhino is in Beta stages but free to download! Keep an eye out because it’s being updated quite frequently:

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