Rhinoceros Brings Powerful NURBS

Modeling to Windows





Rhino Interface

(October 14, 1998) Robert McNeel & Associates will begin shipping a new product this month called Rhinoceros.  Nicknamed "Rhino," the product is a powerful NURBS Modeler for the Windows platform. Rhino is a conceptual design and modeling tool for industrial, product, and scene designers.  Its robust technology provides the flexibility to accurately model anything from heart valves to ship hulls, and from mice to monsters.

"Our goal is to give professional modelers the Windows tools they need to accurately build complex freeform models," says Bob McNeel, president of McNeel & Associates. "Until now, robust NURBS modeling technology like this has been available only in UNIX workstation software costing thousands of dollars."

Rhino combines the accuracy of traditional CAD with the flexibility of spline-based modeling technology to create objects that are smooth NURBS curves and surfaces rather than line segments or polygon meshes.  Rhino uses trimmed freeform NURBS surfaces to accurately represent curved shapes, including curved shapes with holes in them. Rhino also integrates solids and surface modeling so that solids can be exploded into surfaces, edited, and then joined back together again. Any combination of curves, surfaces, and solids can be trimmed.

Rhino is an ideal companion to many animation and rendering products as well as to CAD, CAM, CAE, 3-D digitizing, rapid-prototyping, 3D painting, games development, and VR authoring tools. Spline-based models created in Rhino can be used in most rendering and animation products, including 3D Studio MAX, Softimage, and LightWave 3D.

Under development for over five years and field tested for more than two years at over 110,000 user sites, Rhino is one of the most rigorously tested modeling products prior to being officially released.

Rhino contains direct support for the Faro and MicroScribe 3D digitizing systems so that NURBS curves and surfaces can be created directly from a physical model.

Rhino also supports graphics and modeling industry standards including IGES, DWG, DXF, 3DS, LWO, VRML, STL, OBJ, WMF, RIB, BMP, TGA, JPG, and AI file formats.

System requirements include a Pentium processor based machine with at least 32MB RAM and 15 MB disk space. It runs under Windows 95, 98, or NT. No special graphics hardware is needed or used.

The suggested retail price is $795.

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