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McNeel Rhino

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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:

ShrinkWrap  Create a watertight mesh around any geometry, ideal for 3D printing.

ShrinkWrap

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.

Modeling Simplified

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.

SubD Creases

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.

Metal is supported in all display modes.

  • Modeling Simplified: Combine new tools to quickly sketch your idea in 3D.
  • PushPull: Grab a face and push or pull it, extruding or extending. PushPull speeds up modeling by using curves to add or remove volumes from existing surfaces.
  • Gumball: The move, scale, and rotate widget gets new grips for extending and extruding.
  • SubD: SubD Creases are great for making fillet-like features.
  • Surface Fillets: FilletSrf has a new UI with dynamic radius previews.
  • Offset: Offset can now create multiple closed regions.

Rhino Overview

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.
  • Development platform for hundreds of specialty 3D products.
  • Affordable. Ordinary hardware. Short learning curve. Affordable purchase price. No maintenance fees.
  • Cross-Platform: The world’s most versatile 3D modeler, available on Windows and macOS.

Who Uses Rhino?

Rhino is the most versatile of all 3D modelers, a jack-of-all-trades used in many industries…

Architects & Engineers

Marine Designers

Jewelers

Landscape Designers

Educators

…just to name a few. No matter the scale, whenever a model needs to get from your screen to a real, build object, you will find Rhino.

“I’ve been using Rhino for 20 years. It’s the backbone of my work. Many art departments use Rhino on the bigger films requiring complex designs.”

Scott Schneider, Film Designer

“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.”

Luis García del Castillo y López, ParametricCamp

“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.”

Dave Kay, Kiteboard Shaper

Mac Vs. Windows Comparison Chart

Rhino 6 for MacRhino 6 for Windows
Versatile 3D modeling
Great for modeling free-form shapes.
Grasshopper
Programming, no code required.
NURBS tools
Flexible and accurate, NURBS models can be used from concept to production.
Mesh tools
Read and repair meshes and extremely challenging files.
Analysis tools
Ensure that the models used throughout your process are the highest quality.
Drafting tools
Easy to create drawings & illustrations for every discipline in any notation system.
Layouts
Arrange views, annotate, and plot.
Animation tools
Basic camera and sun animation tools for quick and easy visualizations.
Rhino does not include tools for animating objects.
Stylistic display modes
Real-time display modes for quick visualization.
Compatibility
Compatibility with all your other design, drafting, CAM, engineering, analysis,
rendering, animation, and illustration software.
ScriptablePython,
Command macros, Atom
editor integration
Python, Command macros,
RhinoScript,
Script editor included
Support included
No annual maintenance. No support tickets. No bureaucracy. Free, unlimited
support is included with all McNeel products.
Developer tools
Free Developer Tools & Support
RhinoCommon SDK (.NET)
Examples & Documentation
Food4Rhino
C/C++ &
RhinoCommon (.NET) SDKs
Examples & Documentation
Food4Rhino
PluginsLimited plugins availableRich plugin ecosystem,
Food4Rhino
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.

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 8 adds dozens of refinements to existing tools and some new ones:

  • Modeling Simplified: Combine new tools to quickly sketch your idea in 3D.
  • PushPull: Grab a face and push or pull it, extruding or extending. PushPull speeds up modeling by using curves to add or remove volumes from existing surfaces.
  • Gumball: The move, scale, and rotate widget gets new grips for extending and extruding.
  • SubD: SubD Creases are great for making fillet-like features.
  • Surface Fillets: FilletSrf has a new UI with dynamic radius previews.
  • Offset: Offset can now create multiple closed regions.

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 8 is fast and easy:

  • Gumball: The move, scale, and rotate widget gets new grips for extending and extruding.
  • Auto CPlanes: Smarter CPlanes automatically align to eligible selections.
  • Improved Mesh Booleans: Completely rewritten and more reliable Mesh Booleans.
  • RefitTrim: Take control of structure and continuity for well-made surface models

Interface

Rhino 8 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 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.
  • Surface Fillets: FilletSrf has a new UI with dynamic radius previews.

 

Display

Rhino 8 Display

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 in Rhino 8:

  • Metal: Blazing fast 3D drawing on Mac.
  • New Display Mode: Monochrome, a clean, minimal look, perfect for showcasing architectural work.

 

Rendering and Presentation

rhino 8 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.
  • Procedural Textures: Native, per-pixel procedural textures in raytraced and rendered modes.
  • Display Modes: Monochrome, a clean, minimal look, perfect for showcasing architectural work.

Drafting

drafting

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…

 

Digital Fabrication

digital fabrication

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.
  • Sectioning for Fabrication: Support for extracting curves, hatches, surfaces, and slices of clipping planes.

 

Mesh Tools

mesh tools

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 such as SketchUp® and Modo®.
  • Exporting meshes for analysis, rendering, prototyping, and fabrication.
  • Converting NURBS to meshes for display and rendering.
  • QuadRemesh: Quickly create a quad mesh from existing surfaces, solids, meshes, or SubDs—ideal for rendering, animation, CFD, FEA, and reverse engineering.

In Rhino 8, test out…

  • Improved Mesh Booleans: Completely rewritten and more reliable Mesh Booleans.
  • ShrinkWrap: ShrinkWrap creates a watertight mesh around open or closed meshes, NURBS geometry, SubD, and point clouds: ideal for creating meshes for 3D printing.

3D Capture

3d capture

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

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).

New in Rhino 8: