Rhino 3D student version download guide for Windows/Mac

Rhinoceros 3D is a computer-aided design (CAD) application that enables users to create and edit three-dimensional models. It is often used in engineering and architecture to represent physical objects accurately. It was developed by Robert McNeel based on NURBS mathematical model. Rhino 3D is used in various industries, including architecture, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and product and industrial design. Everything is possible with this application, from precise car models and to designing everyday products. Take a look at the work done thanks to this software.

The main focus of Rhino 3D is creating, editing, analyzing, and translating NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids. The three most commonly used features of Rhino 3D are its surface modeling tools, its NURBS modeling tools, and its Boolean modeling tools. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, The Gherkin in London, UK, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, USA, were all designed using Rhino 3D.

The learning curve depends on the individual’s experience level and comfort with 3D modeling software. However, in general, Rhinoceros 3D is considered to be a fairly user-friendly program, so most people should be able to learn the basics of how to use it without too much difficulty.

This guide will show you how to access the teacher and student version of the program.

Rhinoceros 3D is not free, but you can download a 90-day free trial from the official website.

System requirements

Rhinoceros is not a heavy-weight program as it can be operated from a basic laptop. The system requirements for Rhino 7 for Windows are as follows:

  • Operating system Windows 11, 10 or 8.1
  • 64-bit Intel or AMD processor (Not ARM)
  • 8 GB memory (RAM) or more is recommended.
  • 600 MB disk space.
  • OpenGL 4.1 capable video card is recommended.
  • 4 GB Video RAM or more recommended

Mac devices:

  • macOS 12.4 (Monterey), 11.6 (Big Sur), 10.15.7 (Catalina), 10.14.6 (Mojave)
  • RAM recommendation is 8 GB or more
  • 5 GB of available disk space
  • For Macs with Intel process AMD graphic processor is recommended

Rhino 3D student version download

With the educators’ program, teachers and students can access the fully functioning commercial version of Rhino 3D at an 80% discount. Unfortunately, there is no free version for students; however, this is still a great deal. The first step you have to take is to go to the official page here.

There you can explore all the options and packages available for educators. Remember that no matter if you are a teacher, student, or representing an educational institution, you will need to provide proof of status. By default, the proof document should be written in English. However, if you are from a non-English speaking country, you can provide documents in German, French, Italian, or Spanish.

Students can provide a student ID, tuition bill, transcript, or a document signed by the educational institution certifying your student status. While schools are eligible to purchase multiple licenses, students can have only one that can’t be transferred, sold or shared with other students.

Once you’ve explored all the options, click on the “Shop now” button and it will take you to the sales page for your region. On the page, click on the “Students or faculty” tab to view the current pricing for Windows and Mac devices. In case you are upgrading from an older version, you can purchase the product at 50% off the regular student price.

Click on the “Order form” link to proceed with the purchase. It will lead you to the checkout page, where you will have to specify the quantity of each software version you are buying, enter personal details and upload proof of your student status.

Once you place an order, it will take about 1-2 business days to validate your identity and student status. Only if you pass the validation, will you get payment instructions.

Is Rhino similar to SolidWorks?

There is no simple answer to this question, as the two software programs are quite different. However, some key differences between the two programs include the fact that SolidWorks is a parametric 3D modeling program while Rhino is a NURBS modeling program. Additionally, SolidWorks offers a much more comprehensive set of modeling tools and features while Rhino is typically used for more basic modeling tasks.

There are many alternatives to Rhino 3D, including Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, and Blender.

Alexei Miron
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