Solidworks VS Rhino

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Solidworks Introduction
SolidWorks® Standard delivers robust 3D design capabilities, performance, and ease-of-use. Not only can you create fully detailed parts, assemblies, and 2D drawings, but you can access all the tools required to generate complex surfaces, sheet metal flat patterns, and structural welded assemblies and photo rendering. SolidWorks also includes wizards to automate designs, perform stress analysis, and determine the environmental impact of components.

Rhino Introduction
Rhinoceros (Rhino) is commercial NURBS-based 3-D modeling software. The software is commonly used for industrial design, architecture, marine design, jewelry design, automotive design, CAD / CAM, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, product design as well as the multimedia and graphic design industries.

Comparison with Technology
SolidWorks is parametric and feature base CAD system, which allow users to edit the modeling at any time and go back on each time interval by feature design tree. Also, user can enter the dimension to control model shape and other related feature. Let your design to more automatic

Through Solidworks 2D drawing, users allow to create the 2D drawing easily with any standard. Any dimension can be inserted to drawing sheet automatically and modify when 3D modeling was updated.

Assembly is a main part of SolidWorks. User can join and assemble each component. Also, Solidworks allow user to simulate any mechanical motion (e.g. rotation, linear movement, gear motion and etc. ) after assembly mating

Rhino is NURBS-based 3-D modeling software that user can edit the any surface by control point. It is very easy to create an organic shape modeling. But, user is quiet hard to re-modify when the model has been completed.

Rhino is not included the 2D drawing or assembly functions. Users may export to 3rd party CAD software to create drawing sheet or assembly modeling.
Comparison with communication
Solidworks can save as with eDrawing, which is free 3D modeling viewer software for Window7 Apple Mac OS and IOS (iPhone and iPad). Other third party partner, which may be your customer, other department or vendor, can read your modeling without installation of Solidworks. Also, users can add your comments, make the measurement, explode assembly model, put the water mark and add the password.

Rhino don’t have the similar tools for communication.
Comparison with Export\Import Format
Solidworks can export or import a Solid format that makes sure all edges and faces can be connected properly and it export or import 25 above CAD formats (parasolid, iges, step, STL, Rhino, AI and etc. )

Rhino is so limit to export\import Solid body and it is so poor on accuracy between the edges and faces. Other CAD\CAM system is very hard to works on these.
Comparison with Learning
Solidworks is the easiest 3D software on the world. User can understand to create 3D model, 2D standard drawing and assembly after 3 Day basic training. Moreover, most of school, technical College and University choose Solidworks as first 3D design concept teaching tool.
If user has need on advance functions such as complex modeling, sheet metal, simulation (FEA), he can go through Solidworks Tutorial which includes a completed self-learning source on Solidworks.

Also, YouTube contains a thousand of online videos to demonstrate how use SolidWorks.

Rhino is powerful on the freeform modeling. But, it is spent more time to learn on it and there are so limit on the learning source in internet and provide insufficient sources on the Rhino software.

Comparing with two 3D CAD software, Solidworks is a completed 3D solution for a product design process (Design, Validation Communication, and Production) and it is fast learning 3D CAD software for any background user to use. It can enhance your productivity on a fast changing marketing environment.

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Sorry, my English is poor, but I think you don't know RHINOICEROS!
It isn't parametric, but you can create the 2D drawing easily with any standard; I use Rhino for import/export IGES, DWG, DXF, STL every day with any problem.
Of course Rhino is not widespread, but the learning curve is very fast.
After only 8 hours of teaching I noticed that boys aged 15 are able to independently perform simple solids of revolution or extrusion with elementary Boolean operations and to carry out the drafting ... not so with other 3D CAD.
I do not sell and do not have friends that sell Rhino and my observations are merely the result of my experience.

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Comparing Rhinoceros to Solidoworks IS a bit like comparing apples and pears. You see, whereas Solidworks is a full 3D package, Rhinoceros is merely a surface modeler. A very good surface modeler but nothing more than that.

You see, even though Rhinoceros is a good surface modeler, as an overall 3D package it fails on many fronts:
- virtually non-existent texturing tools
- poor filleting tools and meshing algorithms-
- inaccurate
- crash-prone
- very dependent on 3rd party plugins/extensions for even the most basic tasks (this dependency on plugins also makes Rhinoceros extremely unstable which in part is due to an underdevelopped SDK from McNeel).

So, if you are looking to get into 3D modelling, by all means invest your time, energy and money into learning a proper 3D package.

Solidworks is such a package.
In case you are interested in animation or game design consider 3D packages like 3Dstudio Max, Maya, Cinema4D, Modo or Blender (it's free!).

While you are doing this it doesn't hurtn to learn Rhinoceros on the side, like I said; it has great surface modelling tools which can come in handy from time to time.

Just don't make the mistake of investing too much time and money in Rhinoceros (in fact, avoid spending money on it alltogether - although the student edition is actually quite affordable)

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i have to agree with anna. i dont use solidworks so i cant compare the two at all but rhino is fast, easy to learn, exports in just about every format and the accuracy is always spot on as any cad software should be.

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I too have to agree with Anna and James. Rhino is known as the Swiss Army Knife of CAD apps due to its ability to import/export many different file types. Heck, some shops buy a seat of Rhino simply to translate various CAD file formats.

As for 2D work, I find Rhino to be easier than SW or Alibre at this task. I have The last update of Alibre Design Pro before Abe bought it. It's good but I find Rhino to be faster. I've used SW and we do have a seat. Again, I like Rhino. Your mileage may vary.

It strikes me that the reviewer doesn't have a firm knowledge base on Rhino. When used together, Rhino and SW or Alibre (GM) compliment each other very well.

He should also look into the History function. Very useful in comparison work.


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Amen to the comments. Obviously total biased bullcrap! Kind of refreshing not to see AutoCRAP bullcrap but bullcrap none the less! I have a lot of high end CAD programs. Use RhinoCAD a lot. Not a perfect program (there is no such thing as a perfect CAD program). The entire review simply shows ignorance of RhinoCAD's functions. Please drop this post. Total biased! Needs to be taken down!

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I use RhinoCAD for technical drawings virtually every day. Add as many drawing pages as you need! Select a 3D model and type "Make2D" and RhinoCAD will auto-generate up to 4 views off of a 2D model. OBVIOUSLY Williamg doesn't know what he is talking about!

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....and yes I did try Solidworks quite a few years ago. Don't remember that much about it. But wasn't impressed enough to add it to my wish list.

This is not an augment for or against Solidworks. I simply don't like biased reviews. You don't even have the basic facts correct William!

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William I'm sorry but you don't know your CAD.
I have been using Rhino and SW since 2001.
I design organic shapes like guitars and Mechanical, Amplifiers.
Rhino is full featured, doesn't need the workhorse computers SW needs. It comes with free support, only pay for major upgrades.
Rhino also does have parametric surfacing if you turn on history.
For Guitars, it is a no brainer, Rhino smokes Solidworks unless it is a primitive design. For Amplifiers I use SW. Mainly for the assembly power. SW is much harder to learn correctly compared to Rhino. Rhino is more about house keeping. SW does it for you. Rhino is way better for control over surfaces. Rhino is quicker. It is always torture for me trying to use SW for guitar shapes. It is full of a lot of features that are useless for most non corporate users.

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Not a good idea to make a comparison between two so differently softwares.
Rhinos is very good software When it comes to surfaces, transformations,
edit freely and without restriction or parameterization,(Nothing
SolidWorks like it). it is very fast, easy to learn, has an excellent integration with other CAD software.
SolidWorks is very good at mechanical assemblies, with specific features and libraries for mechanics the screws, flanges etc... do this in would be very difficult to in 3D Rhino (not impossible).
There are countries where SolidWorks is very popular, like Brazil, but there are other countries where the Inventor, Catia or - But surely the Rhino is one of the best in its action scope.

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It is clear that your judgement is based on your "love" for SW but poor knowledge of Rhino, which doenst justify such statements. I could repeat what other said but i prefer not to do it. This website is good and stand out for quality, and your comments (as much you are allowed to do it) are unsupported by knowledge not just indigence. ciao

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I am a Rhino user and a Furniture Designer I just want to make the argument fairso here`s the FACTS:

Rhino Is very easy to create 2D Cad drawings with Make 2D native command you can easily create it and with additional (BIM) Plugin like VisualARQ you will get a wide range of professional (BIM) Tools for sections and cuts .. etc, also dont get me started on how easy and flexible and fast is to create a Layout and put the views and sections that you created inside them.

Regarding 3D preview, you are mistaken there is a tool on both android and IOS called iRhino 3D Viewer and also there is SimLab 3D PDF exporter for Rhino which allows you to export 3D PDF for your clients people usually like it but it cost 99$.

Regarding exporting I believe @anna lupini has answered your claims, but I have some issues with exporting to max but there is an easy fix to clear the faces, (by adding optimize all faces will turn back to normal BUT its still not 100% clear) but regarding other CAD exportation smooth.

And youtube has enough tutorials on Rhino3D and its tools.

I may agree that Solidwork maybe better for Production in a Factory perspective but Rhino is also very requested in the Furniture and manufacture designer studios.

Also please when you say solidworks vs rhino Make sure you gather enough information and BE FAIR.


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