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.
Grasshopper for Rhino
For designers who are exploring new shapes using generative algorithms, Grasshopper® is a graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3-D modeling tools. Unlike RhinoScript, Grasshopper requires no knowledge of programming or scripting, but still allows designers to build form generators from the simple to the awe-inspiring.
Millipede is a structural analysis and optimization component for grasshopper. It allows for very fast linear elastic analysis of frame and shell elements in 3d, 2d plate elements for in plane forces, and 3d volumetric elements. All systems can be optimized using built in topology optimization methods and have their results extracted and visualized in a variety of ways.
Kangaroo is a Live Physics engine for interactive simulation, form-finding, optimization and constraint solving. It consists of a solver library and a set of Grasshopper components. Installation instructions and a draft manual are included with the latest download.
Speckle allows you to quickly share Grasshopper 3d models online through just one double click.
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