I've tried and evaluated at least a half dozen cad products. and this is by far the most intuitive and comprehensive package out there. The most important thing to me is that there is lots of help if I ever get stuck on something.
I'm an architecture student and have experience using other programs such as Revit, Sketchup, and AutoCad. Those programs are good but either aren't accurate enough for me, or they were a little troublesome to use. Rhino beats all of those programs, hands down. It's incredibly accurate and so easy to use. The command input is fast and easy, and being able to have the project in four different views at the same time is irreplaceable and incredibly convenient. I had been using Rhino 4 for almost a year when I made the upgrade to Rhino 5; best decision I could have made yet. Good job Rhino, keep the awesome programs coming because you have a customer for life here!
I work at a university in Custodial services where I've been privileged to learn about computers from students and professors (luckily the computer lab. is in my building) since 1989. During this time I've secured some part time work using parametric 3D modelers for a steel fabricating company. This augmented the hobby and allowed the purchase of a decent hardware system and the desire has grown for decades to learn free form modeling. Rhino was the dream for many years and I was happy to learn that although I work in a low level capacity at the university, I still qualified for an educational discount. This program is much easier to learn from the get go than Solid Edge and even Alibre which still gets some use these days. The tutorials are awesome so far and the work flow is intuitive IMHO. My only regret is that Alibre and T-Splines (another dream for the future) were bought out by companies hostile to the concept of interoperable software applications. It would have been great to have easier interaction between them and Rhino. Notwithstanding, I'm very grateful to Robert McNeel and Associates for making the present experience possible for this dust grubbing janitor :-)
I bought just the basic package. I'm delighted to see my son turning out all manner of model's and renderings. Instead of playing video games, he's designing portions of them. He wanted to get a copy for his birthday and frankly I think it's one of the best birthday presents he's ever gotten. he loves it:)
As a student, this company rated top. Price was great, ordering was easy, shipment was excellect fast and there was even a follow-up e-mail from the same person who packed and shipped! Updates for the tutorials were easy to obtain. Doesn't get any better than this. Rebecca
As a former user of autocad 14 which I found easy to use I was pleased that Rhino has s similar interface allowing me to be drawing in 3D comfortably after about 12 hours of looking thru the included help file to locate the commands. The drawing commands are 1 mouse click from the left toolbar, and the surface and solid command menues are 2 and occasionally 3 mouse clicks. There is maximum availability of screen space unencombered with tool ribbons in the drawing area. The loft command where you draw airplane wings and car bodies as an example is really wonderful, and can be easily tuned as needed. I have used the edit/rebuild lines command on lofted curves with consistantly good results on the boolian commands. I have called the software developer Robert McNeel .com and talked to their tech department befor buying the software and was impressed with their ability to explain the software to the rest of us. I bought it the next day from Novedge.com at a cost of $778 and would also reccommend them as the vendor. I am using a 1.8Ghz AMD processor desktop with 1Gb of ram running windows XP which may be a little light on ram which I hope to update in a few months. I am a retired construction worker and engineer and use this software for aircraft design. It does all the hard to do stuff effortlessly.I use meshcam and EMC2 for the CAM software and some free downloaded FEA which are not included in this software or autocad or solidworks either.Rhino also has parametric modeling which is used to streach, nudge, and poke a shape into a different shape.
Rhino is a great software. It is useful across a wide spectrum of industries, and with the tools available for customization, and the plug-ins available, the potential is almost limitless. For example, Rhino could take an idea, design it, use the Flamingo plug-in to render a photo-realistic image, then use the MadCam plug-in to produce the part on your CNC.
The educational license allowed me to experience the capabilities of Rhino 4.0. It does all I wanted and then some. Although I am still not clear on the animation possibilities yet, I am confident I can use it to it's fullest extent. When I hear from users of other comparable software, I realize that Rhino is the leader of the field at significantly lower cost.
I'm a happy Solid Works user and purchased Rhino for its free form surface capabilities. So far, I really like the product. Its fun to use and I've already been able to create some designs. I'm looking forward to becoming a more advanced user. I definitely recommend Rhino if your looking for a powerful and very moderately priced solution.
Novedge had the best price and worked with me to get the software delivered when I needed it..even when they did not have it in stock. Rhino 4.0 is the best 3D modeler I've found (using it for architecture)...and I've tried several since I started looking 20 years ago.
Rhino is such a great powerful 3d modeling program, and to get it at this price was awesome. Everywhere I looked I couldn't find an educational price this cheap. I'm an Industrial Design student and needed this for class, but I think I will be using this program for years to come. Anything I can dream up, Rhino can build it. The user interface is really intuitive, and the icons are great, you always know what you're gonna get. It was shipped to me super quick too.
Rhino is the most straightforward, most versatile, and most powerful design software I have ever used. Although the included rendering capabilities could be improved, there are many free programs (such as Kerkythea) and fairly priced renderers (such as V-ray) that can import Rhino models. Highly recommended!
I'm new to solid modeling. I'm a scale model maker and have drawn with 2D AutoCAD LT for a few years. I make cast parts in resin and metal. My model parts require master patterns to produce rubber molds for spincasting. My goal is to use Rhino to develop master patterns that will be made cnc and possibly 3D printed. The tutorials are good and the program in general is great. I'm just learning but I like what I see so far and expect to use it extensively.
Good value for the money and a relatively fast learning curve for the average person.
What an intelligent, intuitive and comprehensive program! As an Autocad 12 (up to 2002 now) expert user, I'm not easily swayed by other programs. Rhino is packed with abilities, has a very easy to grasp GUI, and the command line is there, which is essential for speed. I easily lofted a set of Autocad-made hull sections into a solid, nicely renderable surface. I feel at home with the program, only after four sessions. I'm going to buy the Rhino for sure, eliminating the need for about $6,000 of resource-hungry 3D Studio and Autocad upgrades. And the Rhino and Autocad 2002 combo don't embarrass my Dell Latitude's 4-year-old Pentium 4.
Seriously, for doing anything from unfolding for quick model building to full size manufactured production, a better 3d modeler for such a price is impossible to find. Not only can Rhino open almost any format you through at it, but it can write back to those formats as well. Don't have Illustrator? No Problem, open the file in Rhino, edit it, and return it as an illustrator file. Don't have solidworks? Open a solidworks file here to view and edit and return. Need to make a 3dPrint, you can use Rhino for this also. All in All, its the best choice for modeling with the familiar interface of Autocad, but with streamlined 3d and a set of tools that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.
My background; My work history was concerned with sophisticated mechanical devices, and I am an electronics/computer hobbiest, but I had zero experience with CAD. When the need came along to use a CAD program, I asked around knowlegible folks and was pointed towards Rhino. I did the Rhino tutorials and was off and running. With no classroom training in CAD of any kind, I thought it wise to buy as much Rhino reading material as I could. I got books from Amazon, and I bought Rhino Training Manual 1. There are DVDs associated with all these publications which makes self teaching easy. The Rhino Training manual stands head and shoulders above all the rest, being easy to understand and to the point. With the training manual to the side and my computer screen in front of me, I play with the lessons in the training manual and the Rhino program, it is fun. I find Rhino very do-able.
I first tried the demo version of Rhino and found the included tutorial easy to understand and with excellent demonstrations of Rhino's capabilities. I then tried several demo's of other 3D software and found they were no match to Rhino's ease of use and exemplary tutorial. I made a quick purchase and am even more pleased with the full learning tutorial and manual. It's the easiest to use and most intuitive 3D drawing software I have seen.
Coming from Pro/CDRS or Desiger, AutoCAD 2006, Alias Studio, Rhino has been the most easy to learn and use 3D software by far. I don't use it for animation or particles, but for product design and scene creation it does a superb job. Simple compared to those other programs I've worked with in the past for real world designing.
It beats AutoCad and a few other 3d rendering programs. I'm still a newbie with the 3d arean, so very user friendly. For those of you with lots of experience I think you'll find it up to your standards and quick to produce your stuff.
I really do enjoy allot of the new tools and my never go bact to version 3. But it is a bit frustrating when things like this happen. I also realize I have more to learn. If anyone has a solution for this observation could you please advise me about how to correct it.
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McNeelRhino 5.0 Educational Lab LicenseThe Rhino Lab license can be used (1) on all the computers in a single classroom or lab and the instructor's computer or (2) as floating license to use Rhino on up to 30 computers in a department (A network and the Zoo is required). Full support from McNeel included$895More InfoAdd to Cart
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