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Rhinoceros review by Daniela G.
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"A program for parametric modeling"

What do you like best?

I like that the program is very visual, since by means of the icons without needing to know all the commands it can be used without major complications. I also like the ease with which modeling can be done and the precision with which objects can be made. The lightness of the files and the possibility of adding plugins for more options like the grasshoopper for parametric modeling. In the same way I like the ease and speed with which renders are produced, being one of the programs where you can get a quick preview of the model to make corrections

What do you dislike?

At first, it is complicated to use the program with the options that the mouse has to move through the workspace, since the other modeling programs differ from this one, which forces us to adapt again for the use of the rhinoceros. The program is a little more complex for the knowledge of the commands, that is, for the use of each step that must be carried out to achieve the desired action.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

From the use of parametric tools it has allowed me to make designs with mathematical bases and design logic where parametric is the main theme, allowing me to combine the orthogonal design with the organic one. Together with this, it has also allowed me to obtain the parts of the model for laser material cuts, which allows me to save time and effort in the elaboration of complex models

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Rhinoceros review by Stefan B.
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"Versatile 3D Nurbs Modeller"

What do you like best?

Flexible and extensive control over geometry: curves, surface, solids and meshes; transformation, model manipulations (rounding, solid operations, sweeping & lofting, trimming…). The focus is clearly NURBS geometry and to a lesser extent Mesh geometry. Subdivision modelling (as a hybrid between NURBS and meshes, from the user's point of view) is upcoming.

Attractive licensing, without subscription or forced yearly updates. They also have an open policy for educational users: low license, without usage or feature restrictions (even commercial work). Quite exceptional.

Rhino has file import and export convertors for a wide variety of CAD and design formats. Via plug-ins you can even expand this more.

Impressive versatility, esp. when adding the Grasshopper visual programming system (add-on). For architectural and BIM design, extensions and plug-ins are available to extend and improve the usability. That said, don't compare it directly with software like ARCHICAD or Revit, as they have a different purpose.

It took a few years to arise, but the Mac version is now becoming very usable and quite complete. Not for 100% as some plugins and features remain Windows-only.

What do you dislike?

No free student version (but license allows commercial usage even for EDU users).

Mac version does not support Grasshopper, so still need Windows version.

Could be better integrated in e.g. BIM processes (partly solved by add-ons).

Recommendations to others considering the product

When complex 3D geometric editing goes beyond what AutoCAD or SketchUp provide or when you want to use Grasshopper, this is the CAD system to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Complex geometric model creation, especially if smoothness and continuity are required.

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Rhinoceros review by Alexander W.
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"Better than AutoCAD"

What do you like best?

Light weight, easy to use, uses similar commands to AutoDesk software, Lots of FREE plugins and tools, works with render farm setup

What do you dislike?

Setting up for multi-user environments can be tricky. Right now, since I have to capture and reimage every semester, I have to load the default user HKCU and literally delete a registry key so that it gets created fresh for each user, otherwise it tries to use the toolbars in the Administrator profile. It also doesn't have the BEST rendering engine, so I suggest you get V-Ray for Rhino to go with your installs of Rhino.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have faculty who teach how to model in Rhino, which makes the students use it and Sketchup almost exclusively for doing models and renderings. We have used it on the IT side to make some custom items that we then 3D print to replace broken parts, which does save us hundreds, if not a couple of thousand, of dollars a year.

Rhino's License manager, the Zoo, is very nice, lightweight, and does give some great statistics, and makes reviewing your license usage over time easy. It is far better than many other LS than I have used.

Rhinoceros review by James r.
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"Rhino was of use"

What do you like best?

Rhino software creates an environment that is extremely easy to use. It is a very powerful program that uses the simple aspects of 2d cad drawing and combines it with the 3D capabilities that can be used for rapid prototyping and manufacturing. New user can learn from a vast number of online tutorials a long with the intuitive nature of the UI to control the program. More experienced CAD user will find this program easy to navigate.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the integration in to Autocadd can be tricky but with a little testing the controls can be set for better output.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look into the Cad features especially the CNC capabilities and use of parametric programming

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating 3D objects for 3D print pro

Rhinoceros review by Eduardo M.
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"Rhinoceros is the best and most complete 3D modelling software out there"

What do you like best?

One of the best features that the program has is that it allows the user to write commands in a toolbar. This speeds up the whole modelling process. Also, the fact that the program shows the user four different views at the same time is game changer, it helps a ton. Finally, it's straightforward and clear design creates a good atmosphere to let the user's creativity flow into the modelling and designing process.

What do you dislike?

My main issue with Rhinoceros is that it can be a bit inaccurate and imprecise. Especially when using the technical drafting feature. Also some tools can fail from time to time and not work properly, and i these cases the user needs to save the project and reopen the program, which can be quite annoying.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rhinoceros has really assisted me in designing new and innovative projects with it's great features and tools. With this software, I was able to grow as a professional in my line of work.

Rhinoceros review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Learned it in an educational background, kept using since and still using as of today"

What do you like best?

Feels very professional and complete, you can basically create anything if you reverse engineer that thing and figure out how to make the best of the tools that Rhino makes available for us.

What do you dislike?

It takes a little while to get used to and to be able to make the most out of the software. I had 2 years of classes specifically for this software and V-ray and I still didn't feel like I knew the software all that well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get into it if you need to design 3D models or do some 3D printing, it's a really nice software to dive in the world of 3D modelling

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows me to create 3D models with a lot of precision for 3D printing and/or to create 3D animations and visuals. For example small accessories that I can model in Rhino, 3D print at home and sell online or at trade shows really quickly and efficiently.

Rhinoceros review by Marco L.
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"Rhinoceros, challenging but very interesting"

What do you like best?

Rhinoceros has a huge amount of tools to create unique shapes.

It has a nice interface so that if you are familiar with other softwares like Autocad or 3ds MAX, you won't have issues in using it.

It can be improved with nice add-ons, like Grasshopper or Visualarq.

It is really eay to be learned and it can be used in many fields like automotive design, architecture, industrial design, 3d printing.

It is also simple to use cnc machines connected with it like cnc milling machines to create prototypes

It has no fancy functions and it is extremelty fast.

What do you dislike?

It has no parametric modifier tools and if you don't like the result of the shape you have created it is necessary to repeat the entire process instead of easily modifing elements on the surface ...

rendering capabilities are very poor so you really need another software to render rhino files .. so it must be bought and learned another software ....

Exported files are in general huge and heavy to be managed from other softwares

It has

Recommendations to others considering the product

Nice software. Not so expensive ( but it has not an educational free license )

Extremely good if you already know what your 3d should be .. not so easy if you need just to create quick concepts

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly prototyping and object design

Laser cutting for architectural maquettes

It is a perfect tool to be used before going into production step

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Easy to use infinite possibilities"

What do you like best?

What is amazing about Rhino is that it is very easy to pick up. And with a few tricks, anything you can imagine can be modeled. It can be intimidating at first but after a while things get much easier. What is important to know is that there is no single way to execute any given task. The McNeel web information on each command is also great and pretty informative. They have little videos of every command. I have not seen such detailed explanations elsewhere.

What do you dislike?

Some parts of the interface are a bit clunky. The infinite possibilities can prove to be very daunting. Certain commands have too much of a crossover (for example, UnrollSrf and Smash - still don't know the difference between these). The biggest disadvantage (which may be an advantage for some) is that Rhino is not a standalone product. By this I mean, knowledge of associated software is often required - like VRay for Rendering, Illustrator to set lineweights for linework, Grasshopper for complex parametric geometry, Revit for BIM. Furthermore, programs like VRay aren't the best when used with Rhino - Chaos Group focuses more on their Max plugin

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best way to obtain Rhino is if you purchase a student license while a student. One license can be used for 2 devices, so all in all this rote is pretty reasonable. Just remember - if you can imagine doing something, it can probably be done in Rhino 90% of the time

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rhino is great for a quick solve. For quick architectural massing, or the communication of a concept when you have time constraints, Rhino is unparalleled

Rhinoceros review by Renata R.
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"Very complete 3D CAD software"

What do you like best?

I love Rhinoceros for many different reasons, one of them is that this software gives the user the freedom to create and design using its precise tools and four different view angles at the same time. Together with that, Rhinoceros allows the user to customize its layout, making it easier to adjust the software to your needs.

What do you dislike?

It takes time to learn all of its features and to be able to use it to its full capacity, in other words, its learning curve is really steep. Also, Rhinoceros pricing is not very friendly, it is quite expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try experimenting Rhinocero's features and get familiar with its design before modelling and designing projects with it because it can be quite difficult to use it in the beggining.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Rhinoceros, I was able to design 3D objects and send them to a 3D printer. These objects were used in events to decorate the environment.

Rhinoceros review by Gerardo G.
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"Well design program for rendering"

What do you like best?

It´s the better software when you want to design in a freelly way, this is an excellent option to rendering plugins.the edition of materials it´s as well the best in the market , you don´t need to do so much , and reading the manual you can learn super easy. the freely tools of modeling its as well super easy to understand, and if you want to do surfaces and solids you can do it fast an easy, the only problem that i had its the import tool , its not easy as a I wantet to be, there will be a better solution for tis and maybe in the future this could be solved.

What do you dislike?

Maybe the interface would be more easy , and a better form to learn without the necesity of courses .And the useas of cameras , it not easy to manage , and maybe the opton to renderin in isometric, only one object , not all the scene. The importation tool it´s not perfect, in some cases you can´t importe the models completely , and in some cases some parts of the model you can´t see.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its an easy tool that solve tha necesities of rendering and modeling, and its a way to do the things betterand in a easy way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

easy and quick modeling and rendering, and at some point its more easy to explain a new worler the program than others.

Rhinoceros review by Marissa P.
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"Rhino, for complex 3D modeling plug-ins and workflow "

What do you like best?

I must use nurbs for specific projects, so Rhino is my go-to. It is better for project printers such as CNC milling, etc. It works well with all of the new renderers that I use, such as Vray. It has a good user interface and workflow that is straightforward.

What do you dislike?

The normal issues such as it is very expensive to update, it does need other plug-ins for certain applications. It is time-intensive and not a "fast" software for time sensitive projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rhino is great for modeling, for use on big heavy-duty architecture and industrial design projects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rhino meets my 3D needs as I do a lot of rapid prototyping, project printing, interior design, jewelry design, etc that requires plugins and complex modeling. Rhino was one of the first 3d programs to come out so many users such as myself are familiar with its interface already.

Rhinoceros review by Jonathan N.
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"Architects 3D Toolbox"

What do you like best?

I love Rhinocerous.. have been using it since version 3..... it's my go to software for architectural 3D models. I love that even though its not an autodesk product its pretty tightly integrated with ACAD... in terms of both import/export ability as well as the similarity in the tools / inputs. Commands are usually very intuitive... if i want to copy something i type copy .. wow!

What do you dislike?

As with all programs without the right hardware it will crash (luckily autosave is pretty up to par), sometimes i wish it could better handle my mistakes though. The learning curve for more complex tasks is steep.. although there is quite a community out there to help you with it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

you'll need a third party rendering software like vray to get the most out of this product.. don't be fooled by low cost sketch products... use rhino instead

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We prefer renderings be done in-house as opposed to outsourcing - it may not necessarily be more cost effective but the ability to update models in real time is critical to design integrity.

Rhinoceros review by Joshua V.
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"Best surface modeler for the price, and a very active user community "

What do you like best?

The tools for the price is a really great value for educators and students. I also like how easy it is to extend Rhino and there is a very angaged user group that develops plugins for Rhino and Grasshopper. Last, the development process for Rhino is very transparent—no new releases until much testing by users (for free), and the company is very responsive to its customers.

What do you dislike?

There are a few tools in Rhino that feel messy or buggy. For example, Make 2D Boolean commands sometimes create more problems than they solve. But otherwise, great product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Accuracy with 3D modeling along with interoperability with CNC tools.

Rhinoceros review by Erdem B.
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"Arguably the Most Versatile Surface Modeling Software"

What do you like best?

It provides a wide range of tools and commands for me to build lines, surfaces and solids. There are tons of different methods to create the same geometry in Rhino, each method comes with its own advantages. You can easily and very quickly build surfaces and they will be suitable for industrial production.

Besides using it for product design and architectural design, I also use it for graphic design. It has great capabilities for creating, transforming, distorting and arraying 2D shapes for vector graphics, which are sometimes non-existent in software like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. It can import export many filetypes suitable for graphic design.

Its help file is more than enough to teach you from scratch. It works very similar to Autocad, so if you learned Autocad somewhere, everthing gets even easier to get started. Plus there are lots of tutorials all around the web.

Rhinoceros has a very expansive resource hub, where you can find a wide range of learning materials, plug-ins and events. I especially love it for the variety and large amount of plug-ins.

Rhino is also very light in terms of disk space and processing power it requires, when you compare it to other NURBS software.

What do you dislike?

Although you can create very high quality surfaces and objects, it needs to get better at Class-A surfacing. If you are looking for a control level similar to Alias Surface or ICEM Surf, you need to get a plug-in for it, which diminishes its cost advantage. Even then, you will not be able to achieve a detailed technical control like ICEM or Alias.

You cannot control number of spans and control points while building a surface or a fillet surface. You cannot produce chordal fillets (Well, you can work around it; but it requires too many steps and takes a lot time compared to its bigger rivals).

When you want to play with Control Points of a surface, can use many translate commands but you cannot bulge them along surface normals or slide them (Well, again, you can work around it; but it requires a lot of work and time).

But these are apparent only if you aim a fast Class-A work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a surface modeling software that is easy to learn, easy to use and capable of producing quality surfaces for product design: just get Rhinoceros. It is always developing, and open to development with the help of large amount of plug-ins. Its export-import support is phenomenal and it is compatible with many render engines too.

You will never regret having it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a product designer I use it for:

- Quickly Sketching an idea in 3D

- Surface Modeling for production

- Surface Analysis and Draft Analysis of geometry built by other designers.

- Designing 2D or 3D graphics for print, web or using on products.

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Rhino 3D Review"

What do you like best?

Rhino is used by students and professionals alike for a reason. It is really unparalleled in its usability, flexibility, interoperability and available support from the community.

What do you dislike?

Precision is perhaps not as high as some other products, such as AutoCAD and Inventor, but for someone in the Architecture industry those tolerances are acceptable because of the scale we work at - we aren't concerning ourselves with micrometers of accuracy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If there is an issue, chances are others have had it as well. There is a robust community of Rhino users that can help with troubleshooting, as well as tons of forum content solving issues that you might encounter. There is also a lot of training material available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rhino is generally able to handle most eccentric file types that we might receive from consultants. We also use it for the majority of our conceptual design and presenation-level modeling.

Rhinoceros review by Moataz A.
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"Novice user"

What do you like best?

I like that I can be very precise with dimensions when I input exact numbers, but I can also do things manually and by eye in the three views. I also love the cleanliness and integration of textures. I also really like the 2D with different views option.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it crashes on me. I also wish that more textures were included and for them to run faster when it renders.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rhinoceros is great, I took two classes that taught me how to use it, and it was easy to use from there. I tried to mess around with it before the classes and it was a bit hard to use for me, but if you plan on making 3D models with precision for any purpose I would highly recommend this program, especially if you have a mac.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I made models for a 3D video, I've made diecut cut outs, I've also made models for a product.

Rhinoceros review by Róger Z.
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"Industrial Design approves!."

What do you like best?

I'm quite a fan of Rhinoceros, I've been using this software for almost six years now and I think I'm not even using the half of the things that can be done with this program. I really like that it's a very light and stable software compare to other 3D-modeling programs. The best thing I like is it's mac compatibility, it's a major game changer for the sector.

What do you dislike?

There are a couple of things that I think could be done better. The first one is creating blueprints, currently putting together technical drawings directly from Rhinos is not easy, it can be done but its quite tricky. The other thing I dislike is the inability of creating constraints to set interactions between multiple pieces.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would say that is a good intersection between organic/surface modeling and technical modeling. Great for Industrial Designers and makers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

General CAD in a mac environment. Great and precise 3D modeling in a software that is not as restricted as others like SolidWorks and Inventor not as basic as SketchUp and not so non-technical as Maya or 3Ds.

Rhinoceros review by User in Higher Education
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"Rhino For Every Type of Design"

What do you like best?

I love the ease-of-use and flexibility of Rhino. It is the top program for all of my design needs and the easiest way for a designer to make their ideas into representational objects. I have used this for building design, graphic design, technical drawings and many other design services.

What do you dislike?

I feel as though Rhino has so many commands and so much power that goes unrealized because the interface is a bit complicated. There are commands that solve my needs; however, I won't find out about them or know how to properly use them until years later.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend training before using Rhino. It can be intuitive at times, but other times very complicated to perform other tasks. I also would recommend looking at all of the other plug-ins for Rhino such as Grasshopper, Python, and countless others online that allow you to do simulations and other tasks less related to design and more related to technical fields.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a designer, a majority of my design problems are solved using Rhino. It allows me to design buildings or objects with extreme precision and get an idea of how they will look when they are constructed outside of the digital realm. This benefit of knowing exactly how something will look when it is fabricated is a major benefit to designers/

Rhinoceros review by Pieter v.
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"For us it is a fantastic tool in our yacht design business."

What do you like best?

The sheer ease of use.

Together with several render engines it is a true gem.

Never did a course to learn it. It is pretty straight forward from the start.

We can flatten the 3D to 2D to continue our elevation drawings in another program.

Ipad app for showing models on to go.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes i loose all my toolboxes so in need to reinstall those again separately.

It would be good to be able to export it into a 3D PDF or similar for client review.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To create beautiful images you should think about purchasing the Maxwell or V-Ray render plug-ins as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is easy modeling the yachts and interiors we design.

We also design cnc files for moulding large GRP structures with Rhinoceros.

Rhinoceros review by Anna P.
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"Perfect for modeling and fabrication"

What do you like best?

I use Rhinoceros mainly to prepare files for digital fabrication and to create 3D models for 3D printing. It's easy to use and has a lot of handy plugins that make the preparation processes easier. I also teach classes at an architecture school and I found out that Rhino is one of the easiest softwares to explain as it has an intuitive interface and clear commands, also there are several ways to call each command such as typing the command name, searching for the icon in a tab or selecting the command from the drop-down menu. You can also customize toolbars according to your activities. Another bonus is that you can make pretty good renders on Rhino, the internal Rhino renderer is good for drafts but you can install VRay to have more setting and create really good images. A Rhino for Mac license (for educators in my case) is just 99 euros which is much cheaper that other similar programs.

What do you dislike?

Some functions require a lot of repetitions of the same actions. But that can be solved by writing a script or using a plugin.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Choose Rhinoceros if you fabricate things or make models for 3D printing. I would also recommend getting Grasshopper which is a free plugin with lots of tools for automatization and parametric design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Rhino for my 3D printing business so I benefit greatly by saving time and effort when I use Rhino.

Rhinoceros review by Joan C.
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"Rhinoceros Review"

What do you like best?

Absolutely all of it. It´s the first modelling software I started using.

I really like how easy it is to move/rotate/zoom etc.. and how easy it is to model. Although it´s quite technical it´s very easy to use. I also like that allows to import and export many file formats.

It´s from a very big company, with very useful support + you get thousands of videos on youtube.

What do you dislike?

You need some advance IT skills in order to instal and uninstall plug ins. You can easily screw it up if you start playing with the settings, especially toolbars.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take a look at their website, there are always new plug-ins and videotutorials , they are very very useful. The company offers training but there are multiple companies offering support which are also very interesting. Youtube is also of great help.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it as my main software in order to model jewellery however I need to use Matrix ( which is a separate software/plug-in based on rhino) in order to lay stones, settings, etc.. it is possible to do it using just Rhino but it would take me ages.

Rhinoceros review by Paul D.
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"Rhino to create product in 3D"

What do you like best?

Rhino is one of these software that you can learn by yourself in less than a week. The interface is very intuitive, and the possibility are huge.

What do you dislike?

As a mac user i'm a bit disapointed about some interesting features not available on mac but available on windows. Even if you have lots of tools, shape exploring is not as good as in software such as alias. however some plugin allow you to fill this lack.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rhino is a good choice if you want a powerfull and easy tool to use. The community on internet is quite good, and there are lot of tutorials available. lots of plugin are available for different fields such as product design, architecture and engineering.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm building 3D model of product that are first drawn on paper. Then the 3D is used for renders. Ease of setting up blueprint, and of exportation of the final 3D make it plesant software to use

Rhinoceros review by Alex T.
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"Best mixture with Shapes and CAD"

What do you like best?

The interface is very easy to understand and start working.

Also you have a huge quantity of tools to do anything, and this fact allow you to achieve the same in some ways. That feature provide Rhinoceros to be the best program in 3D I used.

It have a lot of plugins, as Maxwell or Vray, to render your designs as a real photography. Or architecture plugins as Grasshopper, gives you wins to be the best.

One of the most valuable things of Rhino is that you can design in CAD parametric, curves and planes (no solid) even in meshes!! Awesome!

Gumball (best very last update!)

What do you dislike?

The interaction to pass a mesh to solid is not very good, is good but not perfect.

Also I miss some floating tools to interact as in Inventor.

Some tools sometimes fail and it will give you some headache, but you can always find other way to do.

Drawings!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rhino allows you to have a tool to be the master of 3D CAD/Difficult shapes with a very (if not the best) prize range.

This software is easy to use, friendly with files -because can open a lot of them in the world- and have very good features that in other way you need 2 or 3 programs at time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Difficult shapes that an typicall CAD program (as Inventor, Catia, Solidworks) can not achieve.

Express design is a fact, so you can optimize your time and your customer will be more happy.

Less time working is more time thinking, so you can achieve best designs.

Rhinoceros review by Forrest M.
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"Great surface modeling software"

What do you like best?

As an engineer turned design student, I found the manipulability of the surfaces in Rhino, in comparison to a 3D modeling software like Solidworks, exciting and fun. You can push, pull, and cut up surfaces much in the way you would be able to if you had the solid object in front of you. In this way, it is software much more conducive to creative projects.

What do you dislike?

Coming from Solidworks, the few things that disliked about the software were difficulties in/lack of ability to parametrically drive dimensions and going backward and changing things. In order to make things to a certain dimension, you have to put the values in from the start (there is no way to draw something and then define the dimension from what I could tell). Also In Solidworks, you can go to the original reference sketch, change it, and then the model updates. I could not figure out a way to do this in Rhino. This made making changes rather bothersome.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely use it for more creative design. If you're looking for a good front end, look no further. If you're looking for more back end, look at AutoCAD or Solidworks.

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I was designing a tea/coffee cup and saucer combination for a class. Rhino allowed me to take my sketches, create 3D models from them, and then fine tune and tweak the surfaces for 3D printed prototypes. Again, the manipulability of the surface (being able to pull and stretch things) was helpful as I determined the final form of the cup and saucer.

Rhinoceros review by Anh Tuan N.
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"Great control"

What do you like best?

The logic we use to do modelling in Rhino is very interesting. It is some kind of doing sculpture where you cut and join different piece of work together. It is quite similar with autocad in the sense of manipulating 3d model on 2d sense of thinking.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes Rhinoceros crashes without backup file and causes a lot of trouble for people who don't have the habit of saving every short period of time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Save it more frequently than other program since it doesn't have autobackup

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building modelling in architecture.

It is good to understand the building's shape and develop it together with other diameter controlling program

Rhinoceros review by Ondrej T.
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"Great tool for designers and architects"

What do you like best?

Rhino is a great tool for designers adn architects. In combination with Grasshopper you can build very complex parametric 3d models. Users interface is very similar to the AutoCAD and the command line is very useful and allows quick access to all commands. Rhino also great value for money as it way cheaper than most of other 3d modelling software. Versions are updated only when there is a good reason to update it, not like some other programs which are updated every year with very little changes. Rhino has very powerful 2d drawing tools and it can be used as CAD software for smaller architectural projects as substitute to AutoCAD.

What do you dislike?

Mesh modelling tools are very basic. Texture mapping and animation tools are quite limited. Fbx export could improved by adding more options. V-ray plugin does not have as many features as it has in 3ds max.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend Rhino as primary modelling tool for designers and creative architects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating and managing parametric 3d models of the complex buildings. In combination with Grasshopper you can do as many iterations as you want without spending too much time on it.

Rhinoceros review by Corey H.
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"Versatile Design Tool"

What do you like best?

Rhino is a versatile 3D modeling tool that can be used for the simple generation of basic geometric forms to more complex modeling. Rhino uses NURBS (points) as opposed to most other design software that is strictly vector (line) based. This allows users to achieve more complex geometry. Rhino's interface has a familiar feel if you are accustom to other CAD software, with tutorials built into the software. It has a very robust tool set, and as an open-source platform, there are plenty of add-ons and plug-ins available, making it one of the most flexible and versatile software on the market.

What do you dislike?

The workflow when trying to move a model and its information between software can be challenging at times. It seems to be improving though.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving complex building design that cannot be achieved with other, more rigid, building design software. I also use it for rendering and graphic design.

Rhinoceros review by Katherine M.
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"I use Rhino as a modeling software in school."

What do you like best?

Rhino is by far the easiest and most versatile 3D modeling software I have learned. I use it for almost all of my projects in school and I use it at work to build models to show clients.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing I dislike about Rhino. It's a great tool that I use daily.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use rhino instead of sketchup at work because it's a more customizable modeling software.

Rhinoceros review by Pierre-Félix S.
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"A great software for sketching 3D"

What do you like best?

Th interface on Macintosh is great, really intuitive and easy to handle. Even if there is a lot of different settings, I never feel lost. For example you can just type the command directly on the keyboard and it will launch the command instantly. The trackpad integration in this software is great, I do not even use a mouse to use Rhino. You can copy and past, and quick start modeling your shapes.

What do you dislike?

Rhino is great but it had a lot of limitations. Doing geometrical shapes is easy but when you start trying to do organic shapes it is more difficult. Also if you want to change something on the model for example if you want to change the fillet or modify the size of the shape, you have to do everything manually. There is no links integration.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product design.

Rhinoceros review by Constance T.
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"The easiest 3D software around"

What do you like best?

This software is extremely easy to understand thanks to an intuitive interface. I have tried some other 3D softwares before (Solidworks, 3DS Max...) but none of those really worked out for me because they seemed and were really complicated to manage.

What do you dislike?

Maybe the work we do on Rhinoceros is a bit less precise than with Solidworks for example (in terms of measurements etc...). Mybe it can be good also to take example on Solidworks for the "edit plan" option ; so you can directly create Plans of your 3D shape with measurements & all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't hesitate to give it a try, as it is really the easiest and most accessible 3D software around to me !

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is way faster for me to CAD anything ! It's a real gain of time.

Rhinoceros review by Elizabeth N.
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"Rhino, great design software"

What do you like best?

Works with many plugins, grasshopper and python are 2 I am familiar with. Any form can be created and output is various! Used for many studio projects sine it is good for ouput like 3d printing, laser cutting and rendering

What do you dislike?

There is so much to learn and it can be difficult to know what all the software is capable of.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great design program with so many applications even outside of the arhitexure Field

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Student work, it is great for modeling and running scripts that generate forms and patterns.

Rhinoceros review by Peter A.
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"Very happy and excited about having a well rounded and open cross platform modeling program"

What do you like best?

There is a really nice balance between user interface elements and command line interaction support. The program has a clean and elegant feel and encourages creating models of similar nature. Overall Rhino supports a massive amount of features within a well designed program that both allows entry level users to get started without feeling overwhelmed and power users to make the most of the program and not feel features are lacking.

What do you dislike?

Less support for plugins and extensions on the Mac client however this is being worked on so I'm not that unhappy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Allow the program to be both very simple and very powerful depending on your current need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integrating advanced modeling topics into academic research project and teaching advanced modeling in architectural and visual arts design curriculums.

Rhinoceros review by Donald D.
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"Great Product for The Time Being"

What do you like best?

The UI and learning curve are easy for Rhino. It's fast to make pretty good looking 3D models.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't really integrate with other software easily. While there are export options to other formats like AI and 3DS, other applications play better. Autodesk does a better technical drawing, but much more difficult to work with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rhino is great to start out. McNeel is a little slow with rolling out newer implementations. The pricing is alright, especially for academics. Few crashes and fast on a mac or windows. It's very responsive. I preferred the older design; the new icons are corny but it still has the type input for faster advanced users and tons of plugins to make textures and lighting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fast 3D modeling and spatial understanding have been solved by rhino. It renders out nicely.

Rhinoceros review by Juan Sebastian R.
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"My favorite 3D modeling software"

What do you like best?

There are so many things that I ike about Rhino. It is really good for modeling products, spaces and concepts.

I think it is very easy and intuitive, you can learn it really fast. The way you use the tools and commands are very easy because when you use an specific command, it tells you what you need to do.

What do you dislike?

So far it has been a little bit difficult for me to modeling characters.

Sometimes I have tried but always I have desisted.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend to learn Grasshopper.

Grasshopper is a complement for Rhino, in which you do parametric design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has helped me, modeling different products and spaces that I have created through the years.

Rhinoceros review by Nicholas M.
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"Rhinoceros Product Review (experienced user)"

What do you like best?

The best thing is that Rhino tools allow users the freedom to create any shape. if you can imagine it, it can be done. The way of modelling (NURBS) allows full creativity when designing complex shapes.

It is incredibly quick to create shapes and surfaces, which makes it the perfect tool to use when exploring concepts in the early stage.

Thirdly, the flexibility of being able to import and export into almost any file type for other software makes it incredibly helpful when needing to go between other programs. One of the most common applications I use Rhino for is taking a CREO Parametric CAD file and tidying it up in Rhino before placing it into Keyshot for rendering and Animation. Without Rhino as the go-between program, the product has all construction lines/surfaces/planes when imported directly into Keyshot. Keyshot and Rhino go hand in hand (best two programs for design illustration and presentation)

What do you dislike?

Rhino is incredibly inaccurate for modelling complex products and cannot be used for final tooling models. This inaccuracy makes it very difficult to join all surfaces to make a solid shape. For this purpose, I recommend using CREO or Solidworks.

Secondly, making changes to a final model means deconstructing and building surfaces up again. This can be extremely hard to do, making changes a nightmare.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Incredibly good program for early concept exploration (3D modelling before rapid prototyping etc)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Rhino to explode/ section and explore internal details of very intricate products before converting into a rendering software such as Keyshot. The flexibility of Rhino to allow users to cut and explode parts makes it very useful for exploded diagrams, sectioned views and other illustrations which can not be obtained easily through photography (real products).

Rhinoceros review by Axelle L.
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"Great tool to make you understandable"

What do you like best?

I was not a huge fan of CAD before - lake of motivation to learn maybe - and rhinoceros help me to ideate in an other way. Really instinctive and easy to navigate in, it helps me to enjoy doing 3D models of my design projects.

What do you dislike?

It could be sometime hard to find the right functions you need, since the icons are a bit too small and not recognizable. The interface lacks a bit of color contraste (full grey). The cancel function is also limited.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take your time at the beginning to discover and review every functions, options and shortcuts the software could have. It will make you save a lot of time, and use it in a really clever way. Take time also to create your own "best interface" with all the functions you may use. If you are looking for a specific function and can not find it, think about the action you have to do and try with various adjectives for it, before typing it in the search field.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using rhinoceros, you could be able to model really quickly and do some little modifications of your model in a really simple way. By copy and past your model on the horizontal direction, you can try little variations of your model and have a better look on everything. It is easier to chose between every propositions. It also so simple to update your model if needed and recover some functions in the history tab.

Rhinoceros review by Carla José L.
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"Modeling with nurbs is amazing"

What do you like best?

I like a lot how easy you can design organic shapes, curvy and non common shapes. It's also very good for rendering even with the default render slave. There are a lot of pug-in for different kind of renders and you can make very nice presentations using different kinds of renders with different plug-ins.

What do you dislike?

I dislike a lot the lack of precision in this software, the software can't point out mistaken geometries or problems you may find when manufacturing a product you design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rhinoceros it's a very good software for modeling organic shapes, curvy and non common shapes, but it isn't very precise when you talk about manufacturing directly from there. I believe it's not as friendly as other softwares are with CAM.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use rhino for designing different kind of products, like bottles, furniture, accessories and packaging. It's specifically good for designing organic shapes, curvy and non common shapes, for example modeling shapes like a popcorn shape or a flower shape.

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"User Friendly with Predictable Commands/tools"

What do you like best?

I love how the commands are simple to learn and easy to find. For example, if you want to draw a curve, the command is curve. There is barely any lag when I use it even if I have a large amount of information. I found it to be the most efficient in drawing 3D object easily and quickly. Commands are very responsive and directions below are very clear to understand. Layering function is also very easy to understand.

What do you dislike?

The rendering in the program could use some work but that also might just be my skill level as I do not use it for rendering very often.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program allows me to draw quick sketches both quickly and accurately. I can customize my hot keys to fit my needs and allow myself to work at my most optimal.

Rhinoceros review by User
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"A powerful multipurpose tool "

What do you like best?

Rhino is easy to learn, and has an amazing support and user community. If there's something it can't do on its own, you'll most likely find a plugin to solve your problem. Thanks to the combined command line and highly customizable toolbar interface, the software is easy to use for various design purposes. Thanks to the amazing precision system, it's perfect for manufacturing purposes. The Grasshopper plugin is the best available parametric design tool.

Moving files between Rhino and other softwares is fairly simple.

What do you dislike?

Despite its great features, Rhinoceros is not the common design tool for architects. that might be the reason why Vray for Rhino is versions behind other Vray releases. The built-in rendering engine is not too good. The walkabout function is almost useless.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used it for architectural and product design. File exchange with Archicad and Sketchup works well. Used the RhinoCAM plugin for CNC prototyping, it was easy to use even as a total amateur.

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Architectural Design"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to create very complex forms and the ease at which it communicates with other programs and file types.

What do you dislike?

There may be a way to work around this but the way in which it zooms really bothers me sometimes. Architectural projects are large but sometimes zooming in very close is needed and it doesn't always want to. I have to select an object or point and hit zoom selected. Also, the snapping function seems to be much better in programs like sketchup where it doesn't snap to objects well beyond the surface I am working on.

One feature I really like in sketchup compared to Rhino is the ability to model in all three axes without having to change construction planes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rhino is best suited for users that require complex form generation. Although it can certainly handle simple design solutions there may be other programs that are not as complex that will accomplish the same outcome.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to provide quick design solutions and images that are very crisp for client presentations.

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Excellent, Extensible 3D Design Software "

What do you like best?

Rhino is incredibly easy to use, thanks to its combination of a command-line and toolbar interface, and extreme flexibility regarding order of operations. The end result is a 3D modeler that feels intuitive and solid. After a short learning curve the interface essentially vanishes and one get get on with the business of design. Rhino is extremely extensible, thanks to McNeel's liberal plugin development policy and a large community of users and plugin developers. Additionally, Rhino is incredibly versatile in terms of file formats.

What do you dislike?

Rhino has some fairly severe issues with graphics. First, the default view settings leave much to be desired, and give the working viewport a very technical look that is not graphically appealing. While the working views can be tweaked to display a variety of graphic styles (cartoon, real-time rendering, etc), the defaults are all lacking, with the result that graphics produced with Rhino tend to require post-production work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is by far the best general-purpose 3D modeling program I have used. For architectural design, it is very useful for early conceptual studies, but less so for documentation or building information modeling.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company uses Rhino as the primary 3D modeling program during the early conceptual stages of architectural design.

Rhinoceros review by Alan U.
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"The best software for designers"

What do you like best?

The esay way to use it. You can do things that in other softwares you can not do it too esay.

What do you dislike?

With Rhinoceros you can do some nice renders but if you wan to do renders even better you have to download some plugins and install them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a software for modeling and make some renders or even 3d printing, Rhinoceros is everything you are looking for.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is very esay to use very intuitive. You can model every you imagine, jewerly, toys, furniture...

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Rhino 3D for landscape architecture modeling"

What do you like best?

I find that I use the same commands frequently, which are working well for my purposes: modeling site elements, including topography, walls, furnishings, etc.

What do you dislike?

The rendering capabilities are VERY lacking with Rhino alone. Also, the lack of plant material available for importing is extremely dissatisfying.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is important to consider that rendering requires additional software- grasshoper, vray, etc. Also, finding plant material for Rhino has been a real challenge.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Communicating ideas in 3D. This is becoming more and more imperative for communicating within the industry as well as with clients. More often than not, we are looking at our designs in 3D which helps speed design decisions.

Rhinoceros review by Ekarasa D.
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"Nice program for 3D modelling"

What do you like best?

As a creative person involved with analog processes I found it interesting to learn about the tools in rhino and how they mimic analog processes, such as moulding, cutting, perforating and extruding. In this sense the environment became logical and one that I could possibly adapt had I spent longer using it.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that the interface is all grey, I struggled to find good documentation in our library on how to use the software and the tutorials at school were quite fast paced. I did manage to create a basic object to 3d print.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really interesting work being made on this software from architects, product designers and visual artists. It does have a high learning curve and is perhaps something you really have to invest time in to learn. This was the first CAD program I have used but really enjoyed learning about applying my creativity in the software environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I wanted to create and object to 3D print and learn more about CAD and CAM.

Rhinoceros review by User in Design
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"Rhino and Grasshopper 3d"

What do you like best?

Rhino has a plugin called Grasshopper 3d, a graphical algorithm editor for modelling. I like this plugin because it goes beyond the simpler geometric objects available in Rhino. With Grasshopper 3d you can generate design. Grasshopper 3d is open source, some architects use it but there's a supportive community of individuals from different fields that use and contribute to Grasshopper 3d. Wether that be developing additional plugins, video tutorials or sharing their processes through their image galleries. I also like that Rhino is now available for Mac.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that Grasshopper 3d for Mac is still a bit buggy. I don't like the graphic user interface, I find the icons very small. The fact that Grasshopper will create an extra window next to Rhino is kind of annoying and forces you to work with two screens for ease of use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before you use the trial version familiarise yourself with Rhino by watching at least an hours worth of tutorials that teach you all the basics. If you're already familiar with vector graphics you'll just need to become familiar with the virtual 3d environment and things you can do with that. If you're coming from other CAD software you maybe able to just jump right in. Highly recommend the plugin Grasshopper 3d for a playful virtual studio, where new forms can be generated and are discovered.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used Rhino while doing my masters study. It has allowed me to create models for 3d printing. I was investigating sculptural processes and Grasshopper 3d allowed me to explore this process of generating sculpture in a virtual environment.

Rhinoceros review by Alejandro I.
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"My favourite 3D modelling software"

What do you like best?

Rhinoceros has the advantage of allowing you to model anything, from the most simple primitive shapes to the more complex NURB surfaces and solids.

What do you dislike?

Not much actually. I think autosave could work better, and some commands that take too long don't let you cancel them easily.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Rhino to model complex architectural shapes. With the addition of the Grasshopper plugin, I'm able to create forms and spaces that would have been impossible 5 years ago.

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Rhino, a solution "

What do you like best?

I like the incredibly versatility of Rhino, it's so easy to learn and it can be usefull to create lots of differents things

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it's not so well known in Italy, so people don't usually use it very mush

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Rhino as one of the most compleate programs for 3D, as well as one of the easyest to learn.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Rhino I solved all problems I can't solve with other 3D programs.

Rhinoceros review by Roque C.
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"Rhino Review"

What do you like best?

Rhino is an exceptionally versatile tool. It's usefulness spans from generating quick idea sketches to building Illustrator paths that would take much longer to build in the native program to full blown 3D models ready for rendering and tooling build. Controlling the tolerances, once you know how, brings very robust data sets. That being said, it is also quite affordable versus other contenders that have similar capabilities. The open-source nature of the platform also allows add-on components to supplement the already robust tool sets. It's interface also flows well and feels very familiar, though I have been a user since the programs inception moving away from Alias Studio and Pro-E as my primary resource. Updates are generally frequent and the support and community based around the product is sizable.

What do you dislike?

Each big update brings the loss of many of my workflow optimizations such as custom menus, settings, and icons. It does not have a robust parent-child feature/part relationship (yet) that is useful. Doesn't have a robust rendering engine that can produce meaningful output.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

New product development speed and efficiency. Multifaceted tool can do more than just CAD.

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Professional Architectural User"

What do you like best?

One of, if not THE most, inter-operable architectural software platforms on the market. Also some of the best add-ins are completely free. There is a huge population dedicated to improving the program, which is great for finding support.

What do you dislike?

A bit of a learning curve. But learning the program is well worth the effort. I've also heard complaints about the user interface, but I've always thought it's just fine.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it. It's incredibly versatile and once you start using it you will find yourself discovering more and more ways to improve the process of design in your office.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solves a lot of complex geometry modeling. Benefits are that you can use it in any phase of design to evaluate options and iterations all while generating geometry that can be easily used in a multitude of other software.

Rhinoceros review by User in Fine Art
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"Great for Artists"

What do you like best?

The program is nore geared for artists. The design interface has multiple ways for the user to reach each tool, including a type option. Organic designs are best made in Rhino.

What do you dislike?

There are features used in engineering programs that would be really useful for artists that is lacking in this program. For example, the ability to make and build mutliple parts and collect them in one model with ease.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best way to learn this program is the built in tutorials.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The largest benefit of Rhino is that the program does no restrict the user as much. You are able to make organic designs with ease.

Rhinoceros review by Matteo P.
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"Rhinoceros 5"

What do you like best?

Flexibility, very intuitive, user friendly, you can do everything in at least 3 different ways, not so heavy, graphically pleasant.

What do you dislike?

The fact that people still prefer 3ds.

The fact that Rhino is not Revit. If Rhino was as strong as Revit in documentation there would be no match.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use this, it does not take long to learn it and even master it but it gives countless advantages

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business problems: in my industry, most of the times I need to export my models from Rhino to 3ds when I use a professional 3rd party renderer.

Benefits: I can use rhino as a sketch tool, for concept, to quickly draw my ideas, to play with volumes, measure the areas and every single small detail of my project

Rhinoceros review by John D.
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"I used this program for my 5 years of architecture school."

What do you like best?

The program is very deep. It is easy to do simple things but their is no limit to the amount of things you can accomplish with this program. I like how the program can support third party plugins such as v ray and grasshopper. All of the architecture firms doing modern parametric design likely use rhino/grasshopper and a rendering engine such as v ray. Grasshopper is currently a free program for rhino and the support for these programs together is excellent. The user feels closely connected to the creator.

What do you dislike?

The graphic user interface could use some work. Their is nothing wrong with it but it would be nice for it to look a little more sleek. Lines often apear thin on the screen compare to other programs. This is not an issue but it would be more pleasant to look at thick bolder lines. When doing 2d drafting it is somewhat hard to manage lineweights compared to other programs solely built for drafting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great Program. The company is small so the support is top notch. The price is also great. I bought it as a student so it did not cost much but if i were a business the price is far under other programs that do similar things. The internet community using the program is large so it is easy to find answers to questions; Much can be done with the software such as using it to make files that can be transferred to a cnc router, lazer cutter, or 3d printer. The program supports outside plugins and rendering engines such as v ray and grasshopper. With all these addition features the program is in line with all the other programs that are three times the price.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used the program for architecture school so i did full conceptual designs with plans elevations and renders of a building.

Rhinoceros review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

I think for me having used a few programs such as Alias and Rhino you immediately understand how user friendly Rhino is. Its a great piece of software to help introduce anyone to the world of modelling and understanding the basics. I wasn't a huge fan of modelling but as it becomes a necessity these days for designers, Rhino was the one that changed my view cad modelling all together. Its easy functionality unable's you to progress further without too much hassle, plus theirs tons of online tutorials to help out.

What do you dislike?

I suppose actions such as filleting can be an issue sometimes, if worse comes to worse will export the model into another program such as solid works to give us what we're looking for. Otherwise its a great bit of software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its a great platform for beginners instead of scaring people away its a pretty encouraging software to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its how we can utilize the software to its best and get the most out of it. we machine models everyday for mass production and of course sometimes designs look great on paper but once in the 3D world you realize that certain things wont be feasible. It can save us a lot of time in assessing any issues before they become a real a problem. In return it saves us and our customers a lot of time and money.

Rhinoceros review by Tristan W.
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"Rhino Can Provide Unique Engineering CAD Solutions"

What do you like best?

The Rhinoceros CAD package (Rhino for those in the know) is a very flexible and unique tool. Rhino works off of NURBS or Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines. That means that it can generate really complex shapes and doesn't have the rigid constraints that other competing engineering CAD packages may have. In fact, it's not limited as an engineering package at all as I understand that those in other industries (design, architecture, etc.) use this package as well.

Rhino also has an active message board user community. The community is populated with both general users and expert developers from Rhino. So no matter the size or scale of your problem, you can generally get a solution.

Lastly, Rhino has an add-on called Grasshopper that is kind of like a programming language for CAD. It uses a visual-based programming language (similar to something like LabVIEW or Simulink) where you create flow-chart style commands. You can then feed different values into the script that you write to automatically generate CAD geometry. This is very powerful if you might be commonly changing the dimensions of something, but want to retain the same overall shape of a part.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the great flexibility of Rhino backfires on you. It's so flexible that it's very easy to accidently create a part that's not manufacturable and may not import well into other CAD packages. For example, it doesn't get terribly upset if you have intersecting lines.

The other really pressing issue is that it creates surfaces, but not solids (i.e. solid volumes). So basically everything you create is hollow. This means that if you export the geometry to something like SolidWorks, sometimes it can't resolve the geometry easily to provide the user with a solid part file.

I recently purchased the accompanying rendering package, Flamingo (everything tends to me animal related with this company). I didn't find Flamingo very user-friendly and I sometimes found myself accidently making sections of my models appear very bright or very dark. It's possible that it's better suited to someone more accustomed to rendering packages (such as graphic designers). but that's outside of my expertise.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Rhino if you need more flexibility in your CAD package. It's not the best package to begin learning on, unless your already familiar with something similar such as AutoCAD. However, if you're looking for something different or something command-based, Rhino is an excellent choice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used Rhino in a number of capacities, but it almost always comes down to using it to analyze and/or create models with complex curves. Rhino gives the user an increased flexibility that other CAD packages can't afford to give you due to the (sometimes) importance of rigid constraints.

The most unique application of Rhino I've had has been to take a computational model (in MATLAB) that output a series of dimensions via a text file, feed that into Grasshopper (a Rhino plug-in), and automatically generate a physical geometry from a set of calculations. As an engineer and designer, that's a very powerful (and novel) application.

Rhinoceros review by Administrator in Architecture & Planning
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"Great application for the free form modeler"

What do you like best?

I have 20 years of experience with AutoCAD. So it has been an easy transition. The interface is very similar to AutoCAD. Both have a command line interface. Even the commands are similar.

It's very compatible with other applications such as AutoCAD and Revit.

Plugins such as Grasshopper, which allow for scripting and parametric modeling make it even more worth while.

What do you dislike?

Most CAD applications of a good means of documentation for a model. This doesn't seem to be much of a feature for Rhino. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing since this is handled somewhere else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work for a 300+ person architecture firm. We use Rhino for complex modeling of architectural buildings and components.

Rhinoceros review by User
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"24/7"

What do you like best?

I really enjoy working with Rhinoceros!!! It is very convenient to work with for so many reasons. It is easy to use and has plenty of interactive features that make the design process much much easier.

What do you dislike?

I am a Mac user and unfortunately this software is still under construction for Mac. Some commands either don't exist or have a different title which leads to confusion and complication at times.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this software for architectural and structural design. Comparing to other softwares that I work with, I prefer working with Rhinoceros and I have it open almost 24/7. It is easy to work with and compatible with other softwares too.

Rhinoceros review by User in Construction
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"Versatile"

What do you like best?

Rhino is versatile. It can open and modify almost any 3D file format. It has a huge library of features and commands, so huge that you would likely never learn all of them.

What do you dislike?

It was a little bit harder to get started than other 3D design software that I've tried. With the huge library of commands, it's difficult to know which one is the right tool for the job.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's relatively inexpensive and very powerful. Get it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Dealing with all different types of file formats with a single piece of software.

Rhinoceros review by Agency in Design
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"A smart tool for CAD modelling"

What do you like best?

Since the beginning this CAD software standed out from the opponents because it has very very easy basics to learn and it is very very quick to use, thanks also to the keyboard commands that avoid you the search&click with the mouse of the desidered menu or command: just learn the corresponding word, write it down on your keyboard, press space, and the command will be active. Once learnt all the main orders, this process will significantly boost your work.

Rhinoceros is sufficient for most of the tasks that you will need while building most CAD models, but the best quality of is its expandibility and usability: you can add lot of plug-ins for the use you need. Rendering, machining and prototyping, analysis, etc.

The best latest plug-in is T-Splines that allow you to create and modify models like polygonal modelling. A Must have.

What do you dislike?

The thing that in my opinion is missing most in Rhinoceros is that it lacks and it is limited in some parametric modifications, that are a little more complex but in Solidworks and Autodesk Inventor are well made.

Also, in modifing corners or connecting two or more surfaces sometimes Rhino becomes very tricky, you have to do a lot of passages that with other softwares are not required.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Evaluate well your needs before purchasing and compare the characteristics.

Rhino in my opinion is one step back from solidworks and Autodesk Inventor as far as regards parametric modeling.

But it is exceptional in surfaces modeling, and it is fast, very fast and easy to learn, and can do almost anything.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My main use of Rhinoceros is the creation of products in the FMCG world.

I left behind the other softwares because Rhino is much faster, has a lot of control on the surfaces, and produces files that can be directly prototyped in 3D Printers of any kind.

Also, sometimes comes to my help when creating vector designs where Adobe Illustrator is slow and doesn't have the flexibility required to do a fast (and precise) work.

Rhinoceros review by Ivan A.
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"Good general purpose NURBS tool"

What do you like best?

Rhinocerous is versatile, and can lend itself to accurate, NURBS surface modelling. It has loads of wonderful commands that can transform entities in relation to one another - everything from 'loft' to 'splop'. It can be very swift for power users who handle the mouse with one hand and bring up tools with the keyboard. It can also be customised, and there are several third party tools that are available for specific things. It is capable of exporting in many different formats.

What do you dislike?

Perhaps solids modelling isn't as intuitive as it may be in other CAD tools. For mechanical work, putting assemblies of parts together is not entirely supported. The user interface isn’t as flashy as with other CAD products. However, for general purpose modelling where extensive metadata is unnecessary, it is a decent tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a good tool for general 3D modelling. We use it to build geometry to perform CFD simulations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Rhino to build the geometry to be used in CFD modelling. In that sense it is very useful because it can export to many formats, and it offers great control in surface modelling.

Rhinoceros review by Kevin C.
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"Rhino is very useful and good to have."

What do you like best?

Rhino has lots of tools and when things don't work they way they should, you have the ability to make it work using different methods.

What do you dislike?

Features don't always work when they should and sometime you can't tell until later.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Using the Cplanes is key to sketching where and how you want. Meshing tools are powerful and allow the user to interact with individual triangles and fix problems that other CAD packages can't. Some people like hitting buttons, some like pulling down menus and others like using the keyboard. Rhino allows the user to do them all or any combination of them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used Rhino to make 2 rail sweeps with multiple profiles that my other CAD package wouldn't which allowed me to finish my parts. Rhino has a huge list of files it can import and export. The first time I was introduced to Rhino, it was only used as a translation software.

Rhinoceros review by Cary P.
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"A very competent 3D cad software program "

What do you like best?

On the whole, I like using Rhino software. I've used other cad systems in the past (autocad,form z, microstation, etc.) and I found Rhino to be fairly easy to learn. It did not take long to arrive at a point where I could create drawings that adhere to established drawing practices and from which control drawings could be generated from.

Previous exposure to other cad software is helpful but it is not necessarily required to learn the Rhino software. I found the user interface (tools, symbology, etc.) very intuitive in nature, something I know from experience other cad programs have difficulties replicating. A few of them can be extremely abstract in nature and that makes it difficult to grasp their methodology, especially if you want to get to a level where you can be productive relatively quickly.

What do you dislike?

In general I have not had any real problems with the Rhino software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Rhinoceros to others wanting to choose a cad software program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

N/A

Rhinoceros review by Jonathan K.
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"Rhinoceros Review"

What do you like best?

Two dimensional sketches and electronic wiring design was useful, but that was about the extent. The type of designs it can handle are not overly robust. For larger and more complex three dimensional assemblies, look elsewhere in the software community.

What do you dislike?

The design modeling community is littered with more powerful and more functional software. If there is a need for very basic design and sketching in the design process, this might be a useful tool, but otherwise use another product. If your components are basic, and there is no need for large assembly design, then this might be the product you need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

determine the power needed for you modeling and be sure that this software has enough horsepower to accurately do the jobs you need it to. it is a very basic CAD package and causes some headaches when trying to model complex items or assemblies

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Three dimensional modeling and simulation. This is not the proper software for the task. Looked elsewhere for a more robust software package.

Rhinoceros review by Jourdon M.
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"Great program for pushing the boundaries"

What do you like best?

I love how much you can do with Rhino. Anything you can dream of can be recreated in this program. It really is an impressive software and I hope to see it used more commonly in universities.

What do you dislike?

Some things are hard to learn and the commands for the tools are often too vague or open-ended that it is hard to follow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very exciting program and well worth the investment. It is expensive; however, the possibilities with Rhino are endless. As a student who is advised against using Revit during schematic design because Revit can cause you do design using Revit's components as opposed to your own creativity, Rhino does exactly what I need. It is a powerful rendering tool when accompanied with V-Ray, and it is capable of creating forms I can't even draw.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Rhino for school and it is very nice to have a 3D modeling software that is not restricted by anything.

Rhinoceros review by Tom R.
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"Steep learning curve but very powerful"

What do you like best?

Of all the drafting software I've used, Rhino has the best visualizations. Helpful for understanding where cuts will take place when using various lathe and CNC machines

What do you dislike?

High system requirements. Was unable to use on my personal laptop because it lacked the computing power. Can load slowly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helped solve the efficiency problem for us. We are able to produce much faster

Rhinoceros review by Jonathan A.
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"I have used Rhinoceros for 10 years and still find it useful for simple tasks today."

What do you like best?

Rhinoceros is an easy software to learn and can open/import most popular file formats. It has good surface modeling tools, is easy to navigate and has a good open source scripting interface. There is also a very large user base and online community to help trouble shoot problems.

What do you dislike?

This is not a solid modeling software. Most solids in Rhinoceros are polysurfaces so solid modeling operations like booleans can be problematic. Rhinoceros is not a parametric modeling software either. There is minimal history that can be recorded, but this is not very useful. However, there are very powerful parametric plug-ins (Grasshopper) that extend the modeling capabilities of this software exponentially.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have used this software during graduate school in architecture and early in my professional career. I no longer use it as often because my career has transitioned to engineering and fabrication and I have progressed to more advanced modeling tools.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Rhinoceros primarily for integrating models before sending them to clients or consultants. I do very little modeling in Rhinoceros anymore.

Rhinoceros review by Marco S.
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"Just think and design"

What do you like best?

It's easy to use, it has support for multilanguages, you can choose if to develop in CAD or in mesh mode, you canfind a lot of addons. It is the only tool I use to create my design and to do all the tests before to start the production.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes easy things are made difficult. Default renderings engine is quite bad.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To study geometry And to watch some tutorial.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Well, I always develop allmy projects and it's easy also to bring your projects with you thanks to the app. I can show wherever I am the 3D of the project and I can always develop my ideas in few hours

Rhinoceros review by Tim S.
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"Very simple platform"

What do you like best?

very easy to pick up with any cad experience or not. allows you to do many thing that autodesk dosen't and alot more quickly. great way to put out ideas quick and easy to edit. works great with other programs through adobe

What do you dislike?

not much i dont like about this product. could run a little faster but besides that not much complain about

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

solve spacing problems and sizing of objects in the real world. quick easy way to mass things out and get an overall idea before spending hours designing

Rhinoceros review by User in Higher Education
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"3D drafting software for advanced users"

What do you like best?

Rendering ability is unparalleled

Drafting of complex structure can be done using shortcuts

easier to create 2-D drawings convert them to a 3D file

What do you dislike?

Steep learning curve

Rendering of big files tends to be slow

Recommendations to others considering the product

Invest the time in learning the software. It will be worth it for complex projects

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating graphics for scientific publications

Rhinoceros review by Ryan L.
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"Rhinoceros Product Review"

What do you like best?

Good software for beginners. Rhino is great for learning basic 3D modeling terms and techniques which can later be applied to other 3D modeling software, especially surface modeling. Rhinoceros can also import and export many different file types which can come in extremely handy.

What do you dislike?

Rhinoceros is spectacular at making uninhibited, free form surface models. However, it lacks structure in the way it "assembles" parts. Also, because it's intended for modeling surfaces, It can sometimes be difficult to create a solid object. Often times, the faces that make up a model in Rhino will not be connected to their bordering surfaces. This can result in naked edges which will prevent Rhino from recognizing your model as being solid. This inherently causes issues if you are trying to rapid prototype parts you created in Rhinoceros, as most CAM software will not know how to treat naked edges.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are trying make optimal 3D Models that are intended to be rapid prototypes via 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, etc. then this isn't the best software for you. However, if you can learn to model solid objects without naked edges in Rhino, then you will easily be able to make solid models in similar, more advanced 3D modeling programs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rhinoceros is not ideal for a Production level environment. It is great for students or as a general 3D modeling learning tool. If you are in the manufacturing industry then there are better tools that are more oriented to production such as Solidworks or Catia.

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Rhino Review"

What do you like best?

Rhino is in my opinion one of the best 3d modeling softwares available to architects, industrial designers, and artists. The functionality is nearly unparalleled. Rhino offers a great community of users supporting the software with troubleshooting and plugins.

What do you dislike?

There are few things that I dislike about Rhinoceros. If I had to I would say what I dislike most about Rhino is its inability to function neatly with softwares such as Revit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend other users to first try the Rhino software before looking into other 3d modeling software. In the short time that I have been using Rhino I have grown to consider it my most favorite digital tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rhino is an extensive 3d modeling program. It allows me to accurately make digital my design ideas, and develop models to show clients in presentations.

Rhinoceros review by Christopher S.
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"Rhinoceros. THE BEST CAD Program on the market"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of the setup. Everything is on the main screen right where you need it. Other CAD programs make you jump through loops and portals for a simple extrusion or bullion.

What do you dislike?

Having to download add-ons for functions such as animation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you give this program a try. Once you learn the ins and outs you will never want to go back to Autocad or Ansys.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have solved issues dealing with leaking oil from a pump to how to hang a 50,000 lb gear and analyze the stresses on each thread. I have saved a lot of time since the majority of these functions are bottled up into this one program. For my company and myself, time IS money.

Rhinoceros review by User in Design
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"A good balance between precision and freeform"

What do you like best?

I've been using 3dsmax and Solidworks in the past, but I sticked to Rhinoceros for the past 7 years as I love its good balance of precision and freedom. It's the perfect software if you want to be able to both quickly sketches ideas and build complex/precise 3d models.

What do you dislike?

As a previous solidworks user, I didn't like the fact that there is no "design tree", meaning no ability to "edit" the modeling and go back on each time interval.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Even if Rhinoceros is my go to 3d software. I'd still recommend you to try different ones and see for yourself what suits you best.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As an industrial designer, it allows me to quickly generate ideas in 3D and also produce final CAD data, and it's priced reasonably.

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"A well-rounded and highly useful drafting and modeling program"

What do you like best?

Rhino provides intuitive and effective 3D modeling. Translation of points or curves into shapes, especially when working out of Revit or AutoCAD imported files, is easy and allows for both precision and sketching abilities depending on the need of the project. Rhino is useful to create schematic design - level concept models as well as families for import into Revit.

What do you dislike?

Precision can be an issue, especially when dependent on perspective view. Use of Osnap (Object Snap) is crucial for a clean model.

Exporting 2D drawings in either a .dwg (AutoCAD) or .ai (Adobe Illustrator) format is also not always as clean as desired. Make2D exports usually take a fair amount of cleanup, though Make2D is a very useful tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Basic knowledge of AutoCAD commands helps

The program is intuitive once you know basic commands - it is also possible to build the same shape in an infinite number of different ways. It isn't as intuitive as SketchUp in terms of modeling, but it is much more precise. The Make2D command is especially useful in translating 3D shapes to 2D drawings.

Knowing how to use MeshtoNURB is also useful for moving between Rhino and other programs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program works well for both sketch modeling (imprecise and conceptual) and fairly technical modeling. One of the bigger downsides is that it doesn't have a bank of information like Revit from which to pull materials, standard pieces or connections, etc. However it does have a "workstation" mode that allows for the syncing of multiple models, much like Revit. This alleviates a common Rhino problem of gigantic and unwieldy file size.

Rhinoceros review by Leonardo R.
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"Rhino is a great program"

What do you like best?

Allows for more fluid and organic shapes in less steps than SolidWorks. I do most of my freelance design work through Rhino at the present.

What do you dislike?

Intimidating and confusing interface when I was a beginner. A lot of plugins are not available for the Mac version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get the free trial version first to see if it's right for your workflow

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can make quick mockup models and iterate variations of forms easily.

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"I began using this product in graduate school while studying for my M.Arch"

What do you like best?

The product is very intuitive and all of your work (modeling, rendering, and 2D drawing) can be done in one place. It also seems to just flow a lot smoother than AutoCAD in terms of moving objects, snapping, and toggling between views. I liked the simple renders that we created of objects in Rhino but when it came time to render interior spaces adjusting lights always became difficult for some reason. It would have been nice when I was in school if the mac version also allowed for time of day renderings and light adjustment like the Rhino for Windows version did.

What do you dislike?

I used the beta for mac version, so sometimes all of the commands would not work until the next update. I only had a real problem with it once though so it wasn't too big of a deal.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out! Great for modeling, drawing, and rendering all in one place. Wish there was a library of pre-modeled objects though like the design library in AutoCAD or Sketchup.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Not sure how to answer this question since I was in graduate school when I first started using the product. At the office I am employed at they do not use Rhino :(

Rhinoceros review by User in Design
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"My End All 3D Modeling Software"

What do you like best?

I love Rhino (Rhinoceros). I have used Rhino for over 8 years and will most likely always keep it in my quiver. As an industrial Designer, it has all the tools (almost, more on that) I need to create wonderful representations of the designs I create.

What do you dislike?

I wish it had better rendering software that came with it. Most people purchase aftermarket or 3rd party renderers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Now that Rhino is working (working, not yet deployed) on a Mac version, I would take time to Consider what OS you'll be using. most designers like me use Macs, and CAD software is not readily available for us. Rhino is working on that, and actually has a FREE Beta to download and use. It's glitchy, and is not to be used commercially, but is nice to see they are thinking of us Macintosh users!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I design products (industrial designer) and use Rhino to create fantastic looking 3D models to render and show clients. Rhinos ease of use and suite of tools make accomplishing that easy.

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Rhinoceros is the best in its class. Period. For flexible, quick designing without constraint."

What do you like best?

I like the plugin support. The software is expandable beyond belief, and is very flexible and efficient with the best keystroke hotkeys and shortcuts, It's the shortest path between ideas in your head to product on your screen.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the lake of support or trial to students. The competition, namely Autodesk, supports students much better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend using the Grasshopper plugin as well. Learn it to stay in tune with the future direction of the industry. Use the many resources on youtube or lynda.com to learn from some great tutors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving the use of computational design. I have found Rhinoceros to still be amongst the best in the new realm of design, and believe the Grasshopper plugin support to the be best of its class. It is a great tool for engaging in both real projects and academic explorations.

Rhinoceros review by User in Design
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"Rhinoceros is one the best 3d model software"

What do you like best?

I really like the freedom of modeling anything what you like, if you want something accurate you can, if you want something impossible you can too

What do you dislike?

Well probably the mesh relation with Nurbs

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very easy to use software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy and fast model fixing for 3d print

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"10 years experience with Rhino"

What do you like best?

Smooth performance and integrates very well with AutoCAD as well as other 3D modeling/animation software.

What do you dislike?

The need to export to other programs for proper rendering.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allowing clients to visualize building blueprints in three dimensions and provide feedback for the design process.

Rhinoceros review by Susan B.
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"Generally Positive Relationship"

What do you like best?

Quickly 3D modeling in four views (top, sides, perspective) as well as the ability to use Rhino for 2D drawings.

What do you dislike?

When the commands for making 3D views into 2D views are buggy, or are not precise enough for output.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great tool for creating in 3 dimensions. There is a bit of a beginner's learning curve, but otherwise once you get the hang of it Rhino is excellent for quickly realizing your designs (curvilinear designs are best)!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm primarily solving architectural design problems, which are realized through discrete studies in 3d with rendered and 2d output.

Rhinoceros review by Varun G.
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"RHINOCEROS Rocks."

What do you like best?

The options for surface modeling commands and techniques are unmatched by any other software. Control over them is immense while also allowing for explorative working.

What do you dislike?

The solid modeling commands do not always perform as expected. Tends to trip up with moderately complex solids.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you plan to used Rhinoceros 3D, embrace it fully, use it for 3D designing as well as 2D documents and drawings. It makes the work flow easier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work mainly in architectural design and interior design and fabrication. The unroll logic and new layout featires make it possible to create construction documents within the file itself without exporting to secondary softwares.

Rhinoceros review by Haiden G.
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"Rhino is a simple, intuitive 3D Nurbs program that lacks precision, but makes up in speed to concept"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that Rhino allows a fair amount of freedom in terms of creating and positioning objects. Unlike Solidworks where everything has a relation, each piece is essentially free to do what it wants.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that there is a very inadequate history in the program, unlike Solidworks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Rhino primarily for concept development, since most of the output you get is not suitable for production. You can't really get solid objects out of the program, so it's great for just mocking up ideas and seeing how they were three dimensionally and visually.

Rhinoceros review by Richard H.
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"Very Profesional and accurate software"

What do you like best?

I like the grid layout and the overall control you have over the part you are making. Hotkeys make life so much quicker and easier.

What do you dislike?

I think the sketch mode could have some better tools to creating your part.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely look into this software and possibly look into the add ons that could help you in your line of work.

With this product it is used in some many industries so look at forums and you tube clips which will help you in your line of work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Producing accurate files to cnc or rapid prototype

Rhinoceros review by Nicolás L.
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"Great software to start in the 3d modelling world"

What do you like best?

It's a pretty intuitive software to work with. It's quite complete to use as a first design program. Can easily cover all the basic needs when starting with 3d modelling and rendering.

What do you dislike?

Not the best software when the object to model has too many organic shapes (unless using plugins like grasshopper). Not the best choice when trying to model and animate 3d characters.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No business problems to be solved.

Rhinoceros review by Administrator
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"Best software for Freeform modeling"

What do you like best?

In my opinion, Rhinoceros is the most complete software for freeform modeling, easy and intuitive, very useful in my work as an architect beacause I can bring to life any sketch, any idea in an easy way. I've been using it for more than 5 years and have no rival.

What do you dislike?

I've no big problems with this software, no bugs because I use stable versions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We solve every 3D problem with rhino.

Rhinoceros review by Cynthia S.
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"Best Software Ever"

What do you like best?

I LOVE this software, this is the easiest to understand, you can make different surfaces and solids, textures, etc. Have helped me on College and Professionally.

What do you dislike?

For me, the newest versions it's a little more complicated than older versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend use the software as much as you can, practice, use all the tools and your projects will be amazing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sometime I use the software just as a hobby.

Rhinoceros review by User in Design
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"Great starter software in 3D"

What do you like best?

I like how well Rhino works with multiple files and even importing from other softwares. If you are new to 3D modeling, I think Rhino is a great starter software due to its fair price and amount of features built in, should you need to engineer or manufacture.

What do you dislike?

The filleting feature is not as good as Solidworks, Fusion or Modo. Also could be I am not as experienced in Rhino as well as the others but if they have not made a history tree yet - they need to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Great for jewelry designers or ornate modeling because of its surfacing capabilities.

Rhinoceros review by Gonzalo C.
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"Molding Clay on a computer is fun"

What do you like best?

The program is great for creative types. Its like molding clay. The program is create when working with clients who need more fluid structures. Organic. If you are trying to achieve cutting edge designs with great rendering. Youve found your product right here

What do you dislike?

The program is precise but its no mechanical engineering type software such as pro-e or solidworks. This is almost strictly a creative cutting edge tool. It wont do you to good if your looking for exact cuts on a piece.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use is for creating organic structures that dont exist today.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving the problems that dont exist. Creating products that no one else has ever created. Be a lead in the forefront of technology.

Rhinoceros review by Samuel S.
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"Easy to learn, wonderful to master"

What do you like best?

Rhino is easy to learn, but incredibly challenging to master. It's worth learning though, if design is your game!

What do you dislike?

It's expensive to purchase if you're not a student and are just starting out.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn the pug-in's too.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visualizing ideas is a big part of my job and Rhino makes this experience straightforward, connected, and rewarding for my clients.

Rhinoceros review by Angel M.
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"Great tool with flamingo and grasshopper plug-ins!"

What do you like best?

Rhinoceros is very similar to Autocad for 3d modeling. They have a lot of commands in common. There are some plug-ins for rendering, but I only used Flamingo. V-ray is supposed to be better but I did not use it. It is a very good tool. It is a great and simple way to develop scale models using a 3d printer. I used Grasshopper for "decomposing" solid models into waffle like structures. It would automatically develop the instructions for your laser cutter or cnc router. It is awesome!

What do you dislike?

To have good results with rendering you need the a good plug in.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Not really using it right now. Good design process tool.

Rhinoceros review by Luca F.
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"Easy and “fast" 3D modeling "

What do you like best?

Building 3d models it’s fast and relatively easy.

What do you dislike?

On the other hand it’s very easy to miss the right snap and produce bad surfaces.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are willing to use a non parametric design software this is the right decision to make.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It’s easy modeling and permits to have an immediate looking on what I have in my mind.

Rhinoceros review by Tristan W.
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"Rhinoceros, g"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to import and manipulate 3D files I get online.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the complexity and difficulty to learn how

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rhinoceros is very challenging to learn even for those with CAD or drafting background such as myself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am now able to manipulate and export models that can then be imported to HitFilm 4 Pro video compositing software to create really cool videos.

Rhinoceros review by Consultant in Construction
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"Rhinoceros 3D CAD "

What do you like best?

The rhinoceros 3D CAD software in my experience was easy to use and very straight forward. It may lack some of the fancy features that solidworks and autocad include but it makes up for it in ease of use and customization.

What do you dislike?

Some of the model view controls were a little overly complex. And the software had few bugs when I used it with some photo to 3D model software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rhinoceros is a straightforward, no bloat software. It's controls may be a little confusing at first and may require some time to learn, but I would still recommend it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used rhinoceros in accident reconstruction. We used it along side a photo to 3D modeling system to look at the topography of an impact point in automotive accidents. The software had all the utilities we needed with no bloat, it was very straightforward.

Rhinoceros review by User in Design
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"All time favorite modeling software"

What do you like best?

Easy and straight forward NURBS modelling software with just the right amount of commands and tools.

What do you dislike?

Modeling history is poor. A proper object tree like 3ds max would be a great addition

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modeling complex surfaces and patterns.

Rhinoceros review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Rhino Review"

What do you like best?

I love Rhino's ability to create free form objects with ease. It is a great schematic design tool, when compared to other programs like Revit that are better for documentation.

What do you dislike?

The main thing that I dislike about Rhino is its lack of design documentation ability. It would be nice for the future of Rhino to maybe incorporate some sort of documentation capabilities into it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would say the best way to learn any computer program is to get in the program and start messing around with it. For me, I learn programs just by diving into them. I have a hard time reading user manuals or how to articles. I need the hands on experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Rhino to quickly come up with several design iterations. Sometimes it is used to create an organic, free form object and then imported into Revit.

Rhinoceros review by Joshua R.
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"Use for design of marine systems"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to have a lot of control with manipulating surfaces in a manner that other CAD programs are not able to. The use of control point modification is a huge benefit.

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