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McNeel Rhino v5 Mac v6.8.1 Windows

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Design, Model, Present, Analyze, Realize...

Rhinoceros (Rhino) can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS* curves, surfaces, and solids, point clouds, and polygon meshes. There are no limits on complexity, degree, or size beyond those of your hardware. Please Note: USA, Canada and Mexico sales only.


Highlights

Special features include:

  • Uninhibited free-form 3-D 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. Priced like other Windows software. No maintenance fees.

New in Rhino 6 (Windows)

The Rhino 6 development process started with the overriding goal to remove as many of your workflow bottlenecks as possible, in addition to making thousands of large and small improvements. That meant making Rhino faster and able to handle much larger models and project teams.

Thanks to thousands of pre‑release users, we were able to field test and refine Rhino 6, making it the fastest and most stable version ever.

More details on what's new in verision 6 can be found under the details tab.

Rhino for Mac (5)

The world's most versatile 3D modeler, Rhino 5, is available for OS X.
Rhino 6 for Mac is in the works. It is an ongoing process and will be released in phases. During the pre-release phase everyone will be invited to give it a try.


Main Features:

Modeling

Points: points, point clouds, point grid, extract from objects, mark (intersection, divide, draftangle, 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.

Rhino 6 adds dozens of refinements to existing tools and some new commands.

Editing

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.

Editing complex models in Rhino 6 is fast and easy.

Interface

User interface:  coordinate read-out, floating/dockable command area, pop-up recently-used commands, clickable command options, auto-complete command line, customizable pop-up commands, pop-up layer manager, synchronize views, camera-based view manipulation, perspective match image, configurable middle mouse button, customizable icons and user workspace, customizable pop-up toolbar, transparent toolbars, context-sensitive right-click menu, multiple monitor support, Alt key copy and OpenGL hardware support with antialiasing.

Construction aids: unlimited undo and redo, undo and redo multiple, exact numeric input, units including feet and inches and fractions, .x, .y, .z point filters, object snaps with identifying tag, grid snaps, ortho, planar, named construction planes, next and previous construction planes, orient construction plane on curve, layers, layer filtering, groups, background bitmaps, object hide/show, show selected objects, select by layer, select front most, color, object type, last object, and previous selection set, swap hidden objects, object lock/unlock, unlock selected objects, control and edit points on/off, and points off for selected objects.

Rhino for Mac takes advantage of the OS X user interface conventions. See video below.

 

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.

Rendering

High-quality presentations are critical to most design projects.

Features include: Rhino Render, a raytrace render with textures, bumps, highlights, transparency, spotlights with hotspot, angle and direction control, point lights, directional lights, rectangular lights, linear lights, and shadows, and customizable resolution, real-time render preview, real-time render preview selected objects, turntable, export to many common file formats used by renderers, rendering plug-in support, settings saved in file.

Drafting

Every type of physical product design relies on technical illustration and 2‑D drawing to concisely communicate ideas, specifications, and instructions to people in design, development, and fabrication. Our goal for Rhino 5 is to make it easier to create 2‑D 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.

Digital Fabrication and 3‑D Printing

As you may know, the Rhino development project started nearly 20 years ago to provide marine designers with tools for building computer models that could be used to drive the digitally controlled fabrication equipment used in shipyards.

We continue to focus on the fact that designs are only useful once they are built and in the hands of consumers. With the cost of digital fabrication and 3D printing technology dropping quickly, more and more designers now have direct access to 3D digital fabrication equipment.

While we are not experts on all the many fabrication, manufacturing, or construction processes, we do focus on making sure that Rhino models can be accurate enough for and accessible to all the processes involved in a design becoming a reality.

Mesh Tools

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

  • Transferring captured 3‑D data from digitizing and scanning into Rhino as mesh models.
  • Exchanging mesh data with many applications such as SketchUp and Modo.
  • 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 3‑D topography of a large city.

3‑D Capture

Capturing existing 3‑D data is often one of the first steps in a design project. Rhino has always directly supported both 3‑D digitizing hardware and 3‑D scanned point cloud data. Rhino V5 has enhanced support for:

  • Large point clouds. 3‑D 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 3‑D 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 support: MicroScribe, FaroArm, and Romer/Cimcore.

Analysis

Design realization requires high‑quality 3D models in every phase of design, presentation, analysis, and fabrication. Rhino 6 includes new tools and enhancements 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).

Large Projects

File management tools for managing large projects and teams include: Notes, templates, merge files, export selected objects, save small, incremental save, bitmap file preview, Rhino file preview, export with origin point, worksessions (Windows only), blocks, file compression for meshes and preview image, send file via email.

Compatibility

Rhino is compatible with hundreds of different CAD, CAM, CAE, rendering, and animation products. The openNURBS libraries allow hundreds of other applications to read and write Rhino's native 3DM files.

Developer Tools

  • The world's most robust 3D development platform for specialty modeling, rendering, analysis, and fabrication tools across a wide variety of disciplines.
  • More accessible development tools: RhinoCommon (.NET), Grasshopper, Rhino.Python, RhinoScript, the Zoo license manager for plug‑ins, and the Rhino Installer Engine are key ingredients.
  • Comprehensive documentation
  • An active developer community
  • Open source more of the Rhino development tools, including Rhino.Python, RhinoCommon, and the 3DM viewer on iOS.
  • Free‑of‑charge developer tools, including technical support, marketing support, and training. All of our development tools are available to everyone with a valid Rhino license. No special program registration, contracts, license agreement, or approval is needed.
  • Localization and translation services are available. Details...

Plug-ins: The Rhino SDK exposes most of the internal workings of Rhino, making it possible for third-party developers to create powerful plug-ins and add-ons. A programmer's I/O tool kit with source code is available on openNURBS web site.

Scripting: RhinoScript (VBScript) and Rhino.Python support exposes most of the internal workings of Rhino, making it possible to develop powerful scripts.

Administration

The major goal for each new Rhino release is to make it easier for managers and system administrators:

  • Ease to share (float) licenses in a workgroup and company using The Zoo or Cloud Zoo license manager.
  • Tools for easy license deployment in larger installations
  • Take more advantage of current hardware
  • Automatic notification and download of current bug fix service releases
  • Provide more training and support options

Beyond Rhino 6

Serengeti, named after the largest African Savanna, is where Rhino grows.

We like to involve users in every phase of the Rhino development process. As with prior releases, we will be inviting current users to try, test, and provide feedback on the next release while it is still in development.

But now we have something new. You will be able to participate in the development beyond the upcoming release.

Since many development efforts span more than one release, we have set up the Serengeti Project to give users more direct influence on all future Rhino developments.

That means you can always have access to the weekly Work-In-Progress (WIP) builds of everything we are working on no matter when or if it will be released. Rhino WIP builds are where we develop future features including SubD support, Grasshopper 2, a new advanced rendering engine, and much more.

What's New in Rhino 6 for Windows

In Rhino 6 for Windows, we've fully embraced Grasshopper - the wildly popular visual programming language - by "baking it in." Grasshopper is no longer beta; it's a stable development environment. We've also rewritten some features and renovated workflows that needed fundamental overhauls to make them truly productive. These are the highlights...

Grasshopper

rhino grasshopper

The long beta period is over: Grasshopper, the world's most beautiful programming language, is now a full-fledged part of Rhino. Used in some of the most ambitious design projects of the past decade, Grasshopper, like Rhino, has become a robust development platform. Grasshopper provides the solid foundation for many incredible third-party components ranging from environmental analysis to robotic control.

Presentation

rhgino presentation

Presentation is key: during nearly every phase of design, you need to communicate, getting "buy-in" from clients, customers, collaborators, or the public at large. We've improved Rhino with the aim of helping you present your work: be it "quick and dirty" or "high-res glossy." With major changes to Rendering, Materials, or just plain capturing the viewport, it's now easier and faster to present, discuss, make decisions, and iterate.

Display

rhino display

Rhino's new display pipeline is faster, more stable, and uses features found on modern graphics hardware, like GPU sensitive shaders and memory optimizations. This results in fewer GPU-specific display glitches and more consistent, beautiful, and frequent frames, even with large models. In some conditions, display speed can be up to 300% faster.

Documentation

rhino documentation

Modeling is just one part of the design process; you also need to show how to build what is on the screen. We've refined many parts of the documentation workflow, from a completely reworked annotation-style interface, to better DWG support, and RichText throughout. It's now easier to convey accurately and clearly the what and the how of your design.

Licensing & Administration

rhino licensing and admin

We have worked hard to make Rhino easier to install, license, and configure. There's a great new option to license Rhino using the Cloud Zoo. Please check out the new System Requirements as well.

Make2D

rhino make 2d

Make2D has been completely rewritten to provide faster, better, cleaner, more customizable results.

Rhino Refinements

rhino refinements

Small quirks add up to painful paper cuts over the course of a prolonged modeling session. In Rhino 6, we've fixed hundreds of minor bugs and consolidated disparate - but similar - features into single commands, making Rhino much more refined.

Development Platform

rhino development platform

Rhino is more than just a modeler. With a rich ecosystem of plugins and an open set of development tools, Rhino is quickly becoming the development platform for those seeking to push the envelope of design. Rhino 6 brings major improvements to our free SDKs, with API refinements, better documentation, and more access to Rhino commands from Grasshopper.

Serengeti

rhino serengeti

We're constantly improving Rhino. Rhino 6 users have access to the Serengeti community and our Work-In-Progress (WIP) builds. The WIP builds are where we are developing future features like SubD support, Grasshopper 2, a new real-time rendering engine, and much more.


Updates

What's new in Rhino 6.4.1 for Windows

This update is primarily a bug fix for mulitple issues. View the Changelog.

Please Note: USA, Canada and Mexico sales only.

Note: Users with a Rhino 6 license key can run:

  • Rhino 6 for Windows Release version
  • Rhino 7 for Windows WIP (work-in-progress)
  • Rhino 6 for Mac WIP (coming soon)

Rhino runs on ordinary Windows and Mac desktop and laptop computers.

Rhino 6 for Windows

Hardware:

  • 8 GB 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 license management.

User recommendations:
Since we can't test every possible hardware combination, you can get hardware recommendations from other users...

Not supported:

  • Linux
  • Windows 8
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Windows Vista, NT, 95, 98, ME, or 2000
  • Windows 32-bit all versions
  • Virtualization systems on OS X such as VMWare and Parallels
  • OS X 10.10.4 (early versions of Yosemite) and any earlier versions

Rhino 5 for Mac

Hardware:

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

Recommended operating systems:

  • macOS 10.13.4 (High Sierra)

Limited support for:

  • 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
  • A Rhino account for technical support on the forum

Rhino 5 for Windows

Hardware:

  • Internet connection for installation and validation.
  • 8 GB memory (RAM) or more is recommended.
  • 600 MB disk space.
  • OpenGL 2 capable video card 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, 8, or 7 - recommended
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP (32-bit only) Service Pack 3

Note: Both 32- and 64-bit versions are installed on 64-bit Windows systems.

User recommendations:
Since we can't test every possible hardware combination, you can get hardware recommendations from other users here...

Not supported:

  • Linux
  • Windows NT, 95, 98, ME, or 2000
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Virtualization systems on OS X such as VMWare and Parallels
  • OS X 10.9.4 (and earlier versions of Mavericks), OS X 10.8.4 (and earlier versions of Mountain Lion)
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