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Rhinoceros

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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.

What Product and Machine Design solution do you use?

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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 Saiyyamee S.
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"3D modelling software"

What do you like best?

It's one of the best software for creating a 3 dimensional design and objects with depth to understand better.The functions are pretty simple and very user friendly .If you need to make command such as "SPLIT" ,you just enter SPLIT in the command bar and the software will perform the command for you.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing i dislike about the software.But i must say that it might seem a bit tough in the beginning but as soon as you get the hang of it ,you will start liking the software.When I 1st started using this software i had lot of assumptions about the software,and i thought it was really confusing but apparently it is not.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely on the top list to consider and buy this software if you really love and creating objects . Industrial design companies use this software from many years and the most user friendly one . Recommended for new design students to improve their skills and get a hang of the software. Its a good skill posses and helps in building your portfolio.

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

Business such as high end Architecture Company requires to analyse their models in 3 Dimensional Area, also for Product Design companies require and has benefited by using this software.It is better to consult the client and show them the products as they can imagine in 3D.

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 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 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 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 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 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 RĂłger 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.

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

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-FĂ©lix 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.

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