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Rhinoceros (typically abbreviated Rhino, or Rhino3D) is a commercial 3D computer graphics and computer-aided design (CAD) application software. Rhinoceros is used in processes of computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), rapid prototyping, 3D printing and reverse engineering in industries including architecture, industrial design (e.g. automotive design, watercraft design), product design (e.g. jewelry design) as well as for multimedia and graphic design. Rhinoceros is developed for the Microsoft Windows operating system and OS X.
Rhinoceros is primarily a free form surface modeler that utilizes the NURBS mathematical model. Rhinoceros’ application architecture and open SDK makes it modular and enables the user to customize the interface and create custom commands and menus. There are dozens of plug-ins available from both McNeel and other software companies that complement and expand Rhinoceros’ capabilities in specific fields like rendering and animation, architecture, marine, jewelry, engineering, prototyping, and others.
File format
The Rhinoceros file format (.3DM) is useful for the exchange of NURBS geometry. The Rhino developers started the openNURBS Initiative to provide computer graphics software developers the tools to accurately transfer 3-D geometry between applications. An open-source toolkit, openNURBS includes the 3DM file format specification, documentation, C++ source code libraries and .NET 2.0 assemblies to read and write the file format, on supported platforms (Windows, Windows x64, Mac, and Linux)
Supported formats
The following CAD and image file formats are natively supported (without use of external plugins):

  • DWG/DXF(AutoCAD 200x, 14, 13, and 12 )
  • IGES
  • STEP
  • SolidWorks
  • SAT
  • Microstation DGN
  • Direct X (X file format)

  • FBX
  • X_T (Parasolid, export only)
  • .3ds
  • LWO
  • STL
  • SLC
  • OBJ

  • AI
  • RIB
  • POV
  • UDO
  • VRML
  • CSV (export properties and hydrostatics)
  • BMP

  • TGA
  • uncompressed TIFF
  • VDA
  • GHS
  • GTS
  • KML
  • PLY
  • SketchUp

The following CAD file formats are supported with use of external plugins:

  • 3DPDF
  • ACIS
  • CATIA V4
  • CATIA V5

  • CATIA V6
  • CGR
  • Inventor

  • JT
  • Parasolid

  • Creo Parametric
  • Solid Edge
  • Siemens NX


Special features

Special features

  • Uninhibited free-form 3D modeling tools like those found only in products costing 20 to 50 times more. Model any shape you can imagine.
  • Accuracy needed to design, prototype, engineer, analyze, and manufacture anything from an airplane to jewelry.
  • Compatibility with all your other design, drafting, CAM, engineering, analysis, rendering, animation, and illustration software.
  • Read and repair meshes and extremely challenging IGES files.
  • Accessible. So easy to learn and use that you can focus on design and visualization without being distracted by the software.
  • Fast, even on an ordinary laptop computer. No special hardware is needed.
  • Development platform for hundreds of specialty 3D products.
  • Affordable. Ordinary hardware. Short learning curve. Affordable purchase price. No maintenance fees.



With wide variety of plug-ins available, Rhino software is used in almost all fields of 3D modeling:

  • Architecture
  • Art and sculpture
  • Automotive design
  • CAM
  • Civil and structural
  • BIM
  • Animation
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Product design

Rhino V6

News in Rhino V6

Rhino v6 is shipping now with the great features of Rhino v5 for Windows plus the following New Features and Enhancements in this new Rhino 6 for Windows:

  • New / Enhanced Grasshopper Included – Single Installation
  • New Raytraced Viewport Mode
  • Display Speed – Huge Improvements over v5
  • Enhanced Annotation & Dimension tools
  • Make2D  – New and far more capable
  • Surface Matching with History
  • Sweep & Blend Surface with History


Stefan Boeykens
Stefan BoeykensD-studio BIM Specialist / Guest Professor KU Leuven Department of Architecture / Belgium
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.
James rich
James richEngineer at Mortensen Woodwork, Inc.
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.
Eduardo Menezes
Eduardo MenezesAluno na Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
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. 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.