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McNeel Rhino 8 is a powerful and feature-rich 3D modeling software that is perfect for architects, mechanical engineers, product designers, and 3D animators. With Rhino 8, you can design highly detailed 3D models quickly and easily, with its robust suite of tools and features. From its new ShrinkWrap modeling tool to its SubD Creases and improved drafting tools, you’ll be able to create more detailed and realistic 3D models than ever before. And, Mac users will experience a huge speed boost when using Rhino 8. Other features of this powerful 3D design software include a faster Render engine, a more customizable User Interface, PushPull workflows, new Grasshopper data types, and much more. With its intuitive user interface and array of features, anyone can start designing amazing 3D models with Rhino 8 right away.
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New in Rhino 8
Rhino 8 adds dozens of refinements to existing tools and some new ones:
Create a watertight mesh around any geometry, ideal for 3D printing.
ShrinkWrap is ideal for creating:
Meshes for 3D printing.
A solid union mesh from multiple objects.
A solid mesh from 3D scan data fragments.
Meshes without internal self-intersections.
Offset meshes for shelling.
Meshes from point clouds when reverse engineering.
Valid closed meshes from broken or often hard-to-repair geometry.
Rhino’s model creation tools make it flexible, accurate, open, and very popular.
Rhino 8 adds new features to make modeling more playful and accessible. Combining these tools reduces friction for common solid creation/editing tasks. This allows you to stay in a single-perspective view while modeling.
For designers who need to explore organic shapes quickly, SubD is a new geometry type that can create editable, highly accurate shapes. Unlike other geometry types, SubD combines free-form accuracy while still allowing quick editing.
Accurate, organic modeling just got easier. Push and pull to explore complex, free-form shapes in real-time.
SubD objects are highly accurate and can be converted directly to manufacturable solids. You can also convert scan or mesh data into SubD objects, then optionally to NURBS.
Built for Mac: Metal
Blazingly fast 3D drawing, a massive speed boost for Mac users.
Rhino for Mac is now faster than ever on Intel and Apple Silicon Macs. Powered by Metal, our new display pipeline delivers hardware-accelerated graphics for high frame rates and large resolutions.
Even in complex, detailed models—especially those with lots of lines, curves, hatches, and annotations—you can now pan, zoom, and orbit fluidly without dropping frames. Depending on your model, speed increases can be 24 times or more.
The updated Cycles Render Engine is also built on Metal, speeding up the Raytraced display mode and the Rhino Render engine.
Offset: Offset can now create multiple closed regions.
Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces and solids, subdivision geometry (SubD), point clouds, and polygon meshes. There are no limits on complexity, degree, or size beyond those of your hardware.
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.
“Grasshopper for Rhino is one of the best platforms for computational design. It’s easy to use for beginners, and the depth of possibilities make it an incredibly customizable framework for advanced users.”
“For last 10 years, Rhino has been my development tool for designing kitesurfing equipment: boards, bindings, control systems. More recently, for kite design, I’ve developed a 100% parametric engine in Grasshopper to automate my workflow.”
Worksessions Efficient collaboration on large projects
Versions Rewind and fast-forward your models
Dark Mode Rhino for Mac Glows In The Dark
Rhino 8 Main Features
Model Creation Tools
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 two 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.
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.
RefitTrim: Take control of structure and continuity for well-made surface models
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 macOS user interface conventions.
Rhino 8’s User Interface is far more customizable, even on Mac, with:
Window Layouts: Customize, save, share, and restore your favorite interface layouts.
Layer Manager: A complete rewrite, on Windows and Mac, including all new features.
Blocks: The Block Manager is now more flexible and powerful.
Features include extremely fast 3D graphics, unlimited viewports, shaded, working views, perspective working views, named views, floating views, full-screen display, draw order support, two‑point perspective, clipping planes, and one-to-one scale to view models at full size.
New Display Mode: Monochrome, a clean, minimal look, perfect for showcasing architectural work.
Rendering and Presentation
High-quality presentations are critical to most design projects.
Features include Rhino Render, a ray trace renderer 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, realtime render preview, realtime render preview selected objects, turntable, export to many common file formats used by renderers, rendering plugin support, settings saved in file.
New in Rhino 8:
Rhino Render: We’ve updated the Cycles engine for faster, GPU-accelerated raytracing.
UV Mapping: UV Mapping has been improved with a floating UV Editor, new unwrapping algorithms, pinning and a better texture quality in the display.
Display Modes: Monochrome, a clean, minimal look, perfect for showcasing architectural work.
Every type of physical product design relies on technical illustration and 2D drawing to concisely communicate ideas, specifications, and instructions to people in design, development, and fabrication. Our goal for Rhino was to make it easier to create 2D drawings and illustrations for every discipline in every notation system and visual style used worldwide.
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.
In Rhino 8, we’ve added…
Linetypes: Draw stylized curves with pattern, width, and taper to communicate design or artistic flair.
Section Styles: Clipping planes and section styles give more control when using clipping planes.
As you may know, the Rhino development project started more than 25 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 fabrication, manufacturing, or construction processes, we do focus on ensuring that Rhino models can be accurate enough for and accessible to all the processes involved in a design becoming a reality.
In Rhino 8, try out…
ShrinkWrap: ShrinkWrap creates a watertight mesh around open or closed meshes, NURBS geometry, SubD, and point clouds: ideal for creating meshes for 3D printing.
ShrinkWrap: ShrinkWrap creates a watertight mesh around open or closed meshes, NURBS geometry, SubD, and point clouds: ideal for creating meshes for 3D printing.
Capturing 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 now 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 have made working with these large point clouds possible.
LiDAR captures 3D terrain data for agriculture, archaeology, conservation, geology, land use planning, surveying, and transportation, plus wind farm, solar farm, and cell tower deployment optimization. Rhino for Windows has robust support for plugins, such as RhinoTerrain™, that provide specialty tools for these new Rhino users.
3D digitizing support: Microscribe®, FaroArm®, and ROMER – Windows only.
Inspection and Analysis
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 of 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).
Draft Angle Analysis: Allows using Named CPlanes, a smarter CPlane Z option, and automatically sets direction when switching options.
Point Deviation: Now supports SubDs and shows red numbers when invalid distances are entered.
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, work sessions (Windows only), blocks, file compression for meshes and preview images.
Rhino is compatible with hundreds of CAD, CAM, CAE, rendering, and animation products. The openNURBS libraries allow hundreds of other applications to read and write Rhino’s native 3DM files.
In addition, Rhino 8 now supports:
USD Export: Universal Scene Description, an extensible format commonly used in visualization applications.
GLTF Import/Export: GL Transmission Format, useful for sharing 3D models on the web using WebGL.
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.
Free developer tools, including technical support, marketing support, and training. 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…
Plugins: The Rhino SDK exposes most of Rhino’s internal workings, making it possible for third-party developers to create powerful plugins and add-ons. A programmer’s I/O tool kit with source code is available on openNURBS web site.
Available in Rhino for Windows, the RDK includes a rich set of functionality for renderer developers, including:
Support for C++, RhinoCommon and RhinoScript.
Materials: Define custom material types that fully integrate into the Rhino material editor.
Environments: Define custom environment types that fully integrate into the Rhino environment editor.
Textures: Define custom texture types that fully integrate into the Rhino material, environment, and texture editors.
Built‑in Render Window: Rhino Render Window complete with tone operators, post-effects, multiple channel support, recall of recent renders, built-in zooming, support for HDR output, and window cloning.
Sun: Automate the new Rhino sun control with full access to the sun position calculation tools for your plugins.
Custom render meshes: Plugin system for defining render-time custom render meshes that can be used by any render plugin or exported to mesh formats.
Post‑effects: Plugin system for defining post-render frame buffer effects that can be used by any render plugin.
Many minor renderer tools.
You can completely wrap your plugin application around Rhino. Here is how using C++ or RhinoCommon (.NET)
License Management for plugins
The Zoo features:
Supports third-party Rhino plugins.
Runs as a service – automatically restarts when the server reboots.
Uses Standard Internet Protocol Support. Firewall friendly. Now runs across WANs, routers, and VPN.
The openNURBS developer toolkit now supports Rhino 7 (and earlier) native 3DM files. Other 2D and 3D CAD/CAM/CAE and graphic applications can read and write Rhino 3DM files directly. These development tools are free to all software developers.
Our regional office in Europe provides a translation and localization service for third-party developers and anyone else interested in translating their products to French, German, Italian, Spanish, etc. Details…
If you have developed a Rhino plugin that you would like to make available to other Rhino users, food4Rhino is the place to post the details about your plugins for Rhino and Grasshopper. It is free. Details…
The major goal for each new Rhino release is to make it easier for managers and system administrators:
Easy 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.
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