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Educational Resources

Our goal is to provide students and educators a powerful 3‑D tool for exploring, developing, and communicating ideas and designs. The software is only part of what makes Rhino that tool. To support your efforts we have assembled the following additional resources.


Single‑user license for students, faculty, and schools.

  • For students, faculty (teachers, instructors, and professors), staff, and schools only (proof of status is required).
  • Full‑featured product - the same as the commercial version. Can be used for either educational or commercial activities.
  • Upgradeable at educational prices if the owner still qualifies for educational prices.
  • Upgradeable at commercial prices if the owner no longer qualifies for educational prices.
  • Not transferable (cannot be sold or transferred to another user).

Lab license for schools is

  • For educational institutions only (proof of status is required).
  • A full featured product - the same features as the commercial version.
  • A 30-user license to use Rhino on the computers in a single classroom or lab (one room). A network is not required.
  • Or, a 30‑user floating network license. A network and the Zoo is required.


Rhino with rendering and animation

There are special price bundles for students, faculty (teachers, instructors, and professors), and schools when Rhino, Flamingo, Penguin, and Bongo are purchased together. Details...

School Kit

When a school purchases a lab license and 50 or more single-user licenses, there is very special pricing available. Details...



Support Resources

  • If you or your students have any problems with Rhino, please do not waste time - we are here to help. Contact us directly...
  • The RhinoFabStudio community supports those educational sites that provide digital design, design analysis and optimization and digital fabrication.
  • The Rhino in Education community.

Teacher Training

These classes and workshops will help you become more comfortable with Rhino and provide the tools to include 3‑D modeling in your curriculum:

  • One‑ two‑ and three‑day regional teacher training workshops are scheduled worldwide.
  • If you would like to host teacher training at your school, please e‑mail Jody Mills or call her at (206) 634‑4571.
  • Commercial classes in Seattle are free for educators with the purchase of a lab license.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I am in school, but I really need all the features of commercial version to do my work. What should I do?

A: Buy a single‑user educational license because it's exactly the same software as the commercial version at a special price for students.

Q: I own an educational license and I will finish school at the end of this term. I want to use it in my work after I graduate. Do I have to upgrade to a commercial license when I leave school?

A: No. You can continue to use the educational license after you are out of school. Only when you upgrade to the next major release, you would need to buy the commercial upgrade and pay the commercial upgrade price.

Q: I own an educational license that I no longer need. Can I sell it to my friend, who is also a student?

A: No. educational licenses cannot be transferred (or sold) to anyone else. That is the only difference (besides the cost) between educational and commercial licenses.

Q: I have a single‑user educational license and have upgraded it by paying commercial upgrade. Has my license become a commercial one (that is, can I resell it)?

A: Yes, it is now a normal commercial license and you can resell it.

Q: Can I upgrade my educational single‑user license to a commercial one? How much will it cost me?

A: Yes, but only when you upgrade to a new version, and you pay the commercial upgrade price. Your educational license then changes into a commercial license. Meanwhile, there is no need to upgrade to a commercial license, since the educational software is the same as the commercial software.

Q: Can I buy more than one educational license?

A: Students and faculty members may only buy one educational license each. Schools can buy as many as they need.