Rhinoceros / Rhino V5

Rhinoceros / Rhino V5


Rhino3d v5 for Windows

Rhino3d 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 Rhino3d in terms of price and performance.

A capable and versatile stand alone application, Rhino is nevertheless equally at home as a companion to other 2D and 3D software such as parametric solid modellers, analysis applications and industry specific solutions.

Rhino3d 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.

Rhino3d presents a true 3D working environment but has a full set of 2D tools suitable for both initial design layout and production drafting. 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.

A wide range of plug-ins ensures that Rhino3d can be tailored to specific design workflows. Examples include; rendering, animation, modelling enhancements, CAM, analysis, reverse engineering and many industry specific solutions.

The interface is unintimidating and as such Rhino3d is relatively easy to learn. Simply Rhino have a wide range of training solutions designed to shorten the learning curve and provide industry specific workflow solutions. Rhino3d Training Classes are available throughout the year.

Finally, Rhino3d is extremely competitively priced and there are no annual maintenance or support fees.

There are bundles of Rhino3d with all of the most popular plug-ins such as:

Please contact us for current pricing on any of these Rhino3d software bundles.


Watch Rhino3d for Windows in action with our trainer Phil Cook's series of free tutorials. 

In Phil's most recent Rhino for Windows tutorial he looks at setting out the main construction curves and basic slab surfaces for an engine cover. After a quick look at these initial steps he moves on and looks in greater detail at a more difficult corner blend. This is an area that often causes problems for designers and modellers and Phil looks at using some simple tried and tested strategies to overcome this.



Key Features

Rhino3d 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 (AutoCAD or MicroStation for instance), CAM, Rendering or Illustration software.

Tools to analyse and repair problematic IGES files

No high specification or specialist hardware required.


Some further details on some key areas of Rhino:

On the User Interface – Range of working views from Shaded to Perspective.  Command line, Cascading pull down menus or command icon input.  Our favourite, auto complete command entry.  Customise the workspace or icons.  Support for multiple displays.

Multi Language Support – Select from all major languages from a standard installation of Rhino

Modelling Aids – Object Snaps, unlimited Undo & Redo, named construction planes, sophisticated layer management and viewing tools, support for background bitmaps, object lock / unlock and much more.

Curves, Curves from Objects and Editing Curves – Polylines, Freeform, Circles, Spiral, Sketch and many more.  Generate from Border or Edge, Silhouette, fillet chamfer and offset, curve projection and pullback.  Edit using Control or Edit points, smooth, fair and change degree, refit, rebuild & match.

Create and Edit Surfaces – Tangency matching Lofts, Sweep along 1 or 2 rails, create from 3 or 4 input points or curves, rail revolve and revolve, blend, patch & drape.  Create Surfaces from heightfield, fillet, chamfer, blend and offset.  Edit by control points, change surface degree, match, untrim and join, Boolean tool support.

Create and Edit Solids – Sphere, tube, pipe and box (and many more), cap holes, fillet edges plus Boolean tools

Create and Edit Meshes – Create from surfaces or curves, explode, weld & join and more.

General Editing Tools – Move, copy, mirror, rotate, scale, align, array, split, fillet, offset, twist and much more.

Analysis - point, length, distance, angle, radius, bounding box, normal direction, area, area centroid, area moments, volume, volume centroid, volume moments, , hydrostatics, surface curvature, geometric continuity, deviation, nearest point, curvature graph on curves and surfaces, naked edges, working surface analysis viewport modes (draft angle, zebra stripe, environment map with surface colour blend, show edges, show naked edges, Gaussian curvature, mean curvature, and minimum or maximum radius of curvature).

Rendering - shade, shade (OpenGL), shade selected objects, raytrace render (with textures, bumps, highlights, transparency, spotlights with hotspot, angle and direction control, point lights, directional lights, rectangular lights, linear lights, and shadows, and customizable resolution), render preview (OpenGL), render preview selected objects, turntable, RIB export, POV export, rendering plug-in support, settings saved in file.

File formats supported - DWG/DXF(AutoCAD 200x, 14, 13, and 12 ), SAT (ACIS, export only), DGN, FBX, X_T (Parasolid, export only), 3DS, LWO, STL, SLC, OBJ, AI, RIB, POV, UDO, VRML, BMP, TGA, CSV (export properties and hydrostatics), uncompressed TIFF, STEP, VDA, GHS, GTS, KML, PLY, SketchUP.

IGES (Alias, Ashlar Vellum, AutoFORM, AutoShip, Breault, CADCEUS, CAMSoft, CATIA, Cosmos, Delcam, EdgeCAM, FastSurf, FastSHIP, Integrity Ware, IronCAD, LUSAS, Maya, MAX 3.0, MasterCAM, ME30, Mechanical Desktop, Microstation, NuGraf, OptiCAD, Pro/E, SDRC I-DEAS, Softimage, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, SUM3D, SURFCAM, TeKSoft, Unigraphics), NASA GridTool, Yamaha ESPRi, Tebis.

File management - Notes, templates, merge files, export selected objects, save small, incremental save, bitmap file preview, Rhino file preview, export with origin point, worksessions, blocks, file compression for meshes and preview image, send file via e-mail.

Workgroup License Manager

Plug-ins - The Rhino SDK exposes most of the internal workings of Rhino, making it possible for third-party developers to create powerful plug-ins and add-ons, programmer's I/O tool kit with source code is available on openNURBS web site.

Scripting - VBScript support exposes most of the internal workings of Rhino, making it possible to develop powerful scripts.  The RhinoScript ActiveX object can be accessed by many different programming languages including Visual Basic, Microsoft Word VBA, and Excel VBA.

Rhino can be run in the background by an application via the RhinoScript ActiveX object.

3-D digitizing support - MicroScribe, FaroArm, and Romer/Cimcore.

Input devices - Support for SpaceBall and SpaceMouse.


Technical Details

Rhino3D Technical Details

We have made and published our own investigations into Hardware & Operating System Advise for Rhino3d:

Rhino3d System Requirements

There are also some sample build Windows Workstations showing suitable specifications for Rhino3d alone and also more powerful options for both Modelling and Rendering with the likes of V-Ray for Rhino, Maxwell Render, KeyShot or Flamingo, please see those sample Rhino3d Workstations here:

Rhino3d & Rendering Workstations


Basic Specification Requirements:

Rhino 5 for Windows runs on ordinary Windows desktop and laptop computers, with:


  • 1 GB RAM. 8 GB or more is recommended
  • DVD drive or an Internet connection for installation
  • 600 MB disk space
  • OpenGL 2 capable video card recommended
  • Note: Apple hardware is supported only with Bootcamp


Operating systems:

  • Windows 7 or 8 - recommended
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP (32-bit only) Service Pack 3
  • Note: Both 32- and 64-bit versions are installed on 64-bit Windows systems.



  • Service releases downloaded automatically
  • License validation and product registration is simplified


Not supported:

  • Linux
  • Windows NT, 95, 98, ME, or 2000
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Mac OS X, but an OS X version is under development. Details...
  • Virtualization systems on OS X such as VMWare and Parallels


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