(cover image: Ford Mustang Rhino 3D model by Jose)
First introduced as a pure NURBS surface modeler, Rhinoceros, or simply Rhino, throughout the years has become a complete and flexible solution for many 3D applications and most likely the only really affordable solution for creating high-end styling surfaces.
Released back in November 2012, Rhino V5 is the result of a long beta testing period,with over 40,000 users involved in the development process.
Here we report an short overview of the main new features. Please note that until tomorrow (February 26, 2013) it is possible to upgrade from any previous version of the software at a reduced price of 345 $/€ (instead of the standard 495 $/€).
Rhino V5 for design
Although the latest version of Rhino has not been specifically focused on surfce styling-oriented features, there are still many workflow enhancements and new features that make it a worthwhile upgrade.
The first one is the support for 64 bit systems, which allows to handle very large scenes and models. A second one is a revised UI, with customizable tabs and panels.
Another entirely new feature is the Gumball, an interface widget – already adopted by many 3D modeling packages – which allows interactive object editing including moving, rotating, scaling, and extruding objects or sub-objects.
From the industrial designers’ perspective, a noticeable improvement is the extension of the construction history to many new commands, and some specific enhancements – like the ControlPolygon option for the DragMode command, which allows to reposition the control points of a surface sliding them along the control polygon in order to easily maintain the tangency/curvature constraints at the edges.
The edititing of solids and polysurfaces has been greatly improved by including a new shelling function and a set of tools for direct editing: it is now possible to move, rotate and scale faces, edges and vertices, which offers many new workflow possibilities and makes Rhino a possible solution for quickly creating basic volumes and shapes – something that SketchUp ihas been offering for some time now.
Another area with major improvements is the realtime display and rendering system, which now includes new display modes, with new realtime rendering functions – also enhanced by the new Neon plug-in.
The price for a single-user starts at 995 USD/Eur, and for existing users it is possible to ugrade from any earlier versions for 495 USD/Eur. The student licence has a price of 195 USD/Eur.
A reduced upgrade price of 345 USD/Eur will be available until February 26, 2013.
Below we report two video episodes from this webinar series.
Rhino 5: Summary of Improvements and New Features
Rhino 5: Object Creation Improvements