Rhino in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

Rhinoceros with Grasshopper is a robust 3D modeler for architecture, engineering, fabrication, and construction. Rhino enhances a team’s ability to execute creative building form. Rhino is heavily used for freeform roofs, parametric facades, repetitive components, versatile shapes, or complex structures. Rhino is one of the best tools to explore and develop a wide range of solutions for each stage of the process.

Rhino and Grasshopper in the AEC

“A requirement for the design, development and realization of the complex morphology of the pavilion is a closed, digital information loop between the project’s model, finite element simulations and computer numeric machine control. Form-finding and structural design are closely interlinked.” -University of Stuttgart

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Dynamic Design Tools

Rhino AEC Grasshopper UI

Rhino Grasshopper UI

Rhino is one of the best tools to explore and develop a wide range of solutions. Rhino combined with Grasshopper is an ideal toolset to generate dynamic associated geometries such as NURBS surfaces, meshes and solid models. Grasshopper can support sophisticated dynamic models used to explore design solutions. Go far beyond what has been previously possible to design or fabricate with the additional information Grasshopper can generate.

  • Create parametric systems to explore the design solution.
  • Visualize changes realtime.
  • Integrate intelligent data sets within the design process.
  • Optimization of form and organizational topologies with analytics.
  • Filter and configure a wide range of information to inform the design.
  • Enable the integration of various file formats in a coordinated process.

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Analysis and Simulations

Rhino and Grasshopper have a rich ecosystem of plugins that run inside Rhino to allow for early analysis and simulation of your designs. Use integrated plugins or scripts to quickly analyze the ideas. As the design progresses, use the geometry to drive more traditional analysis tools that you already use.

  • Site-specific weather, environment, and energy analysis.
  • Daylighting analysis of exteriors and interior spaces.
  • Structural analysis compatible with many popular packages.
  • Pedestrian path and egress analysis.
  • Space configurations and scale.
  • 3-dimensional view analysis.

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BIM and Documentation

Along with various plugins, Rhino integrates with BIM (Building Information Modeling) workflow. Use Rhino features to link geometry and object data with BIM models. Plugins also support import and export with the IFC file format to exchange Rhino models with other AEC applications.

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Visualization and Animation

Rhino is a great tool to visualize designs, from illustrations to photorealistic renderings. Rhino serves as a host to many popular rendering and animation plugins. Rhino models may also be used with augmented reality setups.

  • Worldclass V-Ray rendering through an integrated plugin.
  • Advanced OpenGL display for realtime rendering.
  • Multiple illustrative display modes.
  • Integrated plugins for popular augmented reality systems.
  • Make images 3D for illustrated graphics.
  • Multiple view layouts.
  • Works with popular graphics products for output.

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Fabrication and Construction

Rhino and Grasshopper can be tightly integrated with any step of the manufacturing process, including robotic and digital fabrication, 3D printing, and rapid prototyping.

  • Output accurate geometry for fabrication.
  • Export accurate 2D Drawings.
  • Prepare files for CNC cutting.
  • Use scaling tools to help build design models and mockups.
  • Rationalize geometry for efficient fabrication.
  • Drive advanced robots for custom automated fabrication.

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