Vendor Spotlight - McNeel/Rhinoceros

Introducing our latest vendor member, Robert McNeel & Associates!

submitted by  Ernest Ang, Vendor VP


If you have heard of, used, or are currently using the software Rhinoceros 3D, you probably already know who Robert McNeel & Associates is. Founded in 1980, McNeel & Associates is a privately-held, employee-owned company headquartered in Seattle, WA. Their primary product is the 3D modeling software Rhino which is based on the NURBS mathematical model, and that focuses on producing mathematically precise representation of curves and freeform surfaces in computer graphics (as opposed to polygon mesh-based applications). Therefore, there are really no limits to the complexity, degree, or size when 3D modeling beyond those of your hardware.

Here are some of the special features of Rhino from their website:

  • Uninhibited free-form 3D modeling tools like those found only in products costing 20 to 50 times more. Model any shape you can imagine.
  • Accuracy needed to design, prototype, engineer, analyze, and manufacture anything from an airplane to jewelry.
  • Compatibility with all your other design, drafting, CAM, engineering, analysis, rendering, animation, and illustration software.
  • Read and repair meshes and extremely challenging IGES files.
  • Accessible. So easy to learn and use that you can focus on design and visualization without being distracted by the software.
  • Fast, even on an ordinary laptop computer. No special hardware is needed.
  • Development platform for hundreds of specialty 3D products.
  • Affordable. Ordinary hardware. Short learning curve. Affordable purchase price. No maintenance fees.

And now with Rhino 6, the notorious Rhino plugin, Grasshopper (some of you might have sat in the workshop about Grasshopper at the APMM 2018 Conference) which is a graphical algorithm editor to create complex geometries. And for Mac users, the latest Rhino 6 is also available for OS X!

We are really excited to have McNeel & Associates as one of the APMM latest vendor additions. Their product is definitely a must-have tool for the range of model makers within our association. To find out more about what Rhinoceros 3D software can offer, please visit

If you want to learn more about Rhinoceros 3D, visit

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