McNeel - Rhino 6 + Flamingo + Penguin Bundle
Rhinoceros (aka Rhino) is a powerful 3D design software for Windows and Mac which uses NURBS geometry to describe any form regardless of size or complexity. Rhino is commonly used for industrial design as well as for example architecture, furniture and jewelry design.
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The right tools for creating complex surfaces and solids
Rhino allows you to model the most complex surfaces you can imagine. The 3D information can then be exported to a variety of formats for further processing in the visualization and manufacturing process. Start off with a sketch, drawing, model or just an idea – Rhino provides all the tools needed to make models of your products. Then they are ready for rendering, animation, design, analysis and manufacturing. Rhino can create, edit, analyze, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces and solids. There are no restrictions in complexity, extent, or size. Rhino also supports polygon meshes and point clouds.
Differences Windows vs Mac
Rhino 6 is multiplatform: the same license can run on Windows and on Mac (but not simultaneously). For using Rhino 6 on Windows and Mac alternatively, licensing through Cloud Zoo or Zoo is required. Standalone installation does not allow it. Note! Feature sets in Rhino 6 for Mac and Rhino 6 for Windows differ. On this page the differences in features are listed. On this page you see what commands that are not yet available in Rhino 6 for Mac. See news section below.
Easy to learn
The software’s interface is easy to understand and has distinct icons. Many features and shortcut keys are logically structured which make Rhino easy to learn. As you get more comfortable with the software you can gradually adapt the look of the interface to make it more streamlined and efficient. Rhino’s interactive built-in manual gives you graphical information, such as short videos and text instructions, for each software feature. This makes Rhino a piece of cake to learn, as all you have to do is to click on an icon and watch a short video or quickly read the instructions provided.
Rhino provides an unmatched workflow efficiency, and by combining Rhino with the extra plugin called Flamingo, alternatively an external rendering software such as V-Ray or Maxwell Render, you will be able to easily produce photorealistic visualizations of your models. Non photorealistic renders (cartoon style etc) can be done using the Penguin plugin.
What's new in Rhino 6?
Grasshopper, the world's most beautiful programming language, is now a full-fledged part of Rhino. Used in some of the most ambitious design projects of the past decade, Grasshopper, like Rhino, has become a robust development platform. Grasshopper provides the solid foundation for many incredible third-party components ranging from environmental analysis to robotic control.
Presentation is key: during nearly every phase of design, you need to communicate, getting "buy-in" from clients, customers, collaborators, or the public at large. McNeel have improved Rhino with the aim of helping you present your work: be it "quick and dirty" or "high-res glossy." With major changes to Rendering, Materials, or just plain capturing the viewport, it's now easier and faster to present, discuss, make decisions, and iterate.
Rhino's new display pipeline is faster, more stable, and uses features found on modern graphics hardware, like GPU sensitive shaders and memory optimizations. This results in fewer GPU-specific display glitches and more consistent, beautiful, and frequent frames, even with large models. In some conditions, display speed can be up to 300% faster.
Modeling is just one part of the design process; you also need to show how to build what is on the screen. McNeel have refined many parts of the documentation workflow, from a completely reworked annotation-style interface, to better DWG support, and RichText throughout. It's now easier to convey accurately and clearly the what and the how of your design.
Licensing & Administration
McNeel have made it easier to install, license, and configure Rhino. There's a great new option to license Rhino using the Cloud Zoo.
Make2D has been completely rewritten to provide faster, better, cleaner, more customizable results.
Small quirks add up to painful paper cuts over the course of a prolonged modeling session. In Rhino 6, McNeel have fixed hundreds of minor bugs and consolidated disparate – but similar – features into single commands, making Rhino much more refined.
Rhino is more than just a modeler. With a rich ecosystem of plugins and an open set of development tools, Rhino is quickly becoming the development platform for those seeking to push the envelope of design. Rhino 6 brings major improvements to the free SDKs, with API refinements, better documentation, and more access to Rhino commands from Grasshopper.
See this page for system requirements and recommendations for Rhino 6 (Win and Mac).
Flamingo nXt is a photorealistic renderer for the 3D modeling software Rhino that allows you to easily create stunning, life-like images. Flamingo nXt is compatible with Rhino 5 and 6 on Windows XP and newer (running Mac hardware with Bootcamp is supported).
Easy to Use
With Flamingo nXt you don't need to be a professional renderer to get realistic results quickly. You provide materials and lighting and press the Render button. Flamingo nXt provides the simulation. Unlike many rendering products, there are very few settings that you need to understand or worry about.
Flamingo nXt produces realistic results by simulating light transport in your model. Indirect lighting as well as complex reflection and refraction can be easily incorporated into the simulation. Interior and exterior daylight simulations, HDR image-based lighting, and many other techniques are all handled easily, with minimal configuration requirements.
Flamingo nXt uses efficient, modern ray-casting technology to produce results as quickly as possible. All processor cores are automatically utilized in parallel. Images are continually refined and improved over time.
Loaded with Extras
- Image Editor with support for multiple lighting channels
- 3D Plant Editor
- Render Farm support
- Content libraries (plants, materials, HDRi)
- Pre-textured mesh support
- Support for 3rd party texture sets
Penguin brings freehand sketching, watercolor painting, cartoon-like rendering and technical illustration to Rhino and AutoCAD. Penguin is a conceptual, sketch and cartoon, non-photometric scan line renderer. With Penguin you can create stylized images of your models with an artistic look for enhanced graphic and visual appeal.
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