Why we integrated our real-time collaboration platform with Rhino 3D

June 13, 2019
Have you ever created something in Rhino and wished you could easily collaborate with others? Perhaps you simply wanted to share your finished work, but couldn’t be bothered with the large data transfer.
We specifically built our collaborative workspace, PureWeb Spaces, to ease these pains. As a cloud-based platform, Spaces supports effortless collaboration between CAD designers and game engine users through video conferencing and sharing of multiple applications simultaneously.
But settling for a collaboration tool wasn’t enough. Instead, we wanted to enhance our solution to make a long-time dream for 3D designers a reality: A collaboration platform that could stream and share projects directly from a creator’s chosen software.
With this in mind, we’re launching our inaugural PureWeb Spaces integration, “Spaces for Rhino”.

With Spaces for Rhino, users can launch an interactive stream of their Rhino model directly into their Spaces meeting room and conveniently invite others to interact with the 3D model.

This means no downloads, no installations, and no limitations on the number of collaborators viewing a project at the same time.
The enthusiastic Rhino community made choosing this CAD tool as our flagship integration a no-brainer. Rhino users are passionate about the user-friendliness, affordability, and customer service levels of the software. Moreover, they actively work on creating a robust Rhino ecosystem by developing niche plug-ins to support a wide range of 3D rendering projects.
Of course, the benefits listed below made choosing Rhino pretty easy, too.

Freeform surface modelling empowers designers to create class A surfaces

Rhino is a freeform surface modeler. Freeform surface modeling creates Class A surfaces often used by companies creating aesthetic surfaces. As a result, Rhino is an especially powerful and useful tool across various enterprises. For instance, auto designers use freeform surface modeling to illustrate a car’s body panels and grills while product manufacturers use it to describe design features in consumer goods like household appliances.
In other words, using Rhino eliminates many of the traditional barriers to modeling by allowing designers to easily transition from concept sketch to realistic rendering for complex projects.
For example, Rhino ably handles “complex shapes in a very simple way” for precision-based projects in the LED optics industry thanks to its use of Bezier curves.

Attentive customer service and educational content provide an enhanced user experience

Working on a CAD project takes considerable time and effort. So when you hit a snag, accessing helpful customer service is critical. Rhino’s team prioritizes its users who frequently cite the company’s excellent customer service in reviews.
Notably, Rhino boasts a 4 out of 5 overall rating for customer service on Capterra. Moreover, the CAD company puts the customer first by creating proactive content for potential issues. Rhino offers a full library of tutorials, on both its website and its Vimeo page, to provide helpful guides for users and offer quick answers to common queries.

In fact, the function-specific guides and tutorials allow even novice users to quickly progress from creating tablets to designing cars.



Food4Rhino plug-in marketplace makes the software expansive

The only constant is change, and in business this adage is especially true. Expansiveness is an important concept for commercial software buyers to understand. It refers to a piece of software’s ability to accommodate additional tools and functionalities outside of its specific toolbox.

Designers can access several plug-ins from the Food4Rhino marketplace to expand on the software’s core functionality depending on project needs. For instance, a Rhino user in the architectural industry may install the Lands Design plug-in which supports the creation of green spaces and landscapes while a jeweler may use the AuroraJewels plug-in.

Click Here to download the Spaces for Rhino plugin directly from the Food4Rhino marketplace.

Users frequently mention Rhino’s openness to third-party plug-ins as one of the big draws of the software. This versatility encourages the robust Rhino3D community to continue creating new plug-ins, exponentially enhancing the functionality and usefulness of the tool overall.


Efficient system decreases the risk of crashes and data loss

Complex design projects require ample CPU, GPU and memory usage, increasing the likelihood of a system crash for users without high-performance computers. Some programs crash more than others, leading to lost or corrupted files and delaying a project by weeks while you switch programs and start from scratch.

Compared to other CAD software, Rhino receives more praise for its stability and “lightness”. Since Rhino focuses on surface modelling rather than solid modelling, it uses less computing power therefore reducing the likelihood of crashes and lost work.

While the tool you choose ultimately comes down to what you’re trying to model, rendering projects in the auto design, jewelry, and architecture industry that require mainly aesthetic solutions benefit from the efficient modelling offered by Rhino3D.


Perpetual license-based business model provides a cost-effective alternative to pricey SaaS CADs

Reports of the perpetual license’s death have been greatly exaggerated. While we’re living in an increasingly post-perpetual licenses world, Rhino stills offers this oldie but goodie. As a result, Rhino requests a more attractive up-front fee for users who want a one-and-done approach to their software purchases rather than the ongoing subscription fees associated with a SaaS business model.

At present, commercial creators can purchase Rhino 6 for Windows for $995 USD and Rhino 5 for Mac for $695 USD while students receive a steep discount that slashes the price of Rhino for both operating systems down to $195 USD.

Moreover, these prices include customer support and ongoing service releases. Just because Rhino users don’t pay a subscription fee, doesn’t mean they miss out on ongoing customer care and customer satisfaction efforts.


Decreases onboarding time by providing a user-friendly interface

Back in 2014, there was much talk about the un-user-friendliness of CAD technology. According to observers, these platforms were designed for experts and engineers trained to navigate sophisticated tools, therefore making CAD end products, like 3D print outs, inaccessible to everyday users.

In other words, they created a missing link between technology and creation.

Not anymore. Today, CAD program designers prioritize user friendliness to make their tools more accessible to a wider range of users.

As CAD applications and 3D configuration extend to more industries, it’ll be essential for CAD programs to be available to users with non-engineering backgrounds.

Customers report that Rhino is a particularly user-friendly tool for 3D modeling. Moreover, it’s easy for new users to learn thanks to its intuitive layout, decreasing onboarding time for non-technical users.

Related Read: 4 trends steering the future of collaboration through 3D visualization

These benefits combined with the energy of the Rhino community, makes us excited to offer Spaces for Rhino. Above all, we can’t wait to see how designers use real-time collaboration to introduce new players to their projects, share creations with large audiences, and take their 3D configurations to the next level.

Try out our Spaces for Rhino integration for free!



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