Rhino for Mac

Rhino for Mac

Overview

Rhino3d for Mac

Rhino for Mac v5.3 now available - now with plugin support & layouts

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Rhino for Mac, sometimes referred to as Rhino for OSX, differs in some key areas to the Rhino3d for Windows product, please contact us for details.

Rhino3d for Windows is one of the most widely used 3D modelling applications in the world. Popular with designers, architects, engineers, artists and manufacturers - there is simply nothing to equal Rhino in terms of price and performance. Now this powerful modelling application is available for Mac OSX.

Rhino is popular across a broad range of industries including architecture, jewellery, marine design, product design, film and TV, exhibition design, point of sale and transportation. Highly accurate technical surfaces and solids shared with customers and colleagues via a wide range of common file types and Rhino has all the tools required to create 2D production documentation when necessary. Rhino natively supports 3D printing and rapid prototyping and all 3D printers or 3D print bureaus will accept output from Rhino.

Rhino for Mac has been designed from the outset to look and feel like a true Mac application. The interface of Rhino3d for Windows and Rhino for Mac are purposely very different - a real 3D working environment is accessible within the comfort of the Mac interface. Unrestrained modelling tools allow the user to model anything that can be imagined regardless of shape, complexity or size. Work freely with 2D or 3D curves, surfaces solids and meshes; import existing models, geometry, photographic references or sketches via a vast range of file types. Rhino’s non-prescriptive workflow ensures that designers can model in an individual and unencumbered manner whilst maintaining a high level of accuracy. Besides the 3D environment, Rhino has a full set of 2D tools suitable for both initial design layout and production drafting.

Some notes from the Rhino for Mac Product Manager - Dan Belcher, McNeel -  “Rhino is used in so many different industries; where there’s freeform shapes, there’s Rhino.  It has a robust set of solid, mesh, and analysis tools.  It has stylistic display modes that make it clear, fast, and fun to get things visualized.  It’s compatible with so many different products...the go-to software for interoperability.  Support is free and human-scale - no silly tickets and bureaucracy - not to mention the user community that has built up over the years.  Rhino has become the platform for so many creative projects and we are excited to bring it to the Mac.  We think that experienced modelers and OS X users will feel right at home.”

Rhino is relatively easy to learn. Simply Rhino have a wide range of training solutions for Rhino designed to shorten the learning curve and provide industry specific workflow solutions.

Finally, Rhino is extremely competitively priced and there are no annual maintenance or support fees.

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Are you completely new to Rhino for Mac? Then watch the Rhino for Mac tutorial video series our trainer Sean has put together which covers the very basics you need to start your journey with Rhino3d on the Mac. In the first video Sean introduces you to Absolute Coordinates, Relative Coordinates and Distance Angle Constraint. 
 

 

Key Features

Rhino for Mac Key Features:

Model, edit and analyse any 3D shape, object or details you can imagine, all with no limit on size or accuracy, suitable for Aircraft or Architecture, Jewellery or Joinery.

Rhino3d’s accuracy allows the design to be shared downstream for analysis, rapid prototype creation, 3D Print and final manufacture all from the single accurate model.

Share the models with your in-house 2D Drafting tools, CAM, Rendering or Illustration software.

No high specification or specialist hardware required.

There are some key differences between the Rhino for Windows & Mac products, these features will not be in the first version of Rhino for Mac:

  • Grasshopper
  • Layouts
  • Worksessions
  • SolidWorks file import
  • GHS support
  • KML, WMF, ZPR, and SCN file I/O
  • Third-party Plug-ins

Technical Details

Rhino for Mac Technical Details

  • Intel processor
  • OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5) or later.
  • 4GB or more RAM is recommended.
  • A multiple-button mouse with scroll wheel is recommended.

Though it is not a requirement, a dedicated GPU (Graphics Card) is recommended

Currently, the MacBook Airs, the 13" Mac Book Pros, and the Mac Mini ship with the integrated Intel HD Graphics GPU should be avoided.  The issue generally is with the Intel HD cards across all platforms (not just Mac).  The larger 15" Mac Book Pros have the option to add a dedicated NVIDIA G-Force GPU (which works great, as long as the you do not re-enable the Intel GPU).  All the modern iMacs and Mac Pros ship with dedicated ATI Radeon cards.  In short: as with PCs, avoid the Intel HD cards.

We’re pretty sure you’ll see greater options of dedicated GPU’s across more models of Macs giving Rhino for Mac users more hardware options in the future.

 

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