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If you want to make your life simpler, look no further than this list of the best of Rhino’s plugins, for your ready reference!
Up until recently, Rhino was a code-based software that used programs like NET, C++, etc., and many of us would not have been able to use it due to a lack of programming skills. Only big firms like Zaha Hadid, Foster+Partners, and others used Rhino and hired scripting writers to help their designers make the model. So, to make the software accessible by lending visual aid to programming, the creators developed Grasshopper. Grasshopper and Rhino are the Chandler and Joey of the software world: they just make each other more powerful.
Generating complex models with Grasshopper. (Source: InspirationTuts Channel; Best Rhino Plugins for Architecture)
LunchBox is a Rhino- Grasshopper plugin used for modeling on uneven surfaces. It is great for generating cool geometries using multiple panels of various shapes like a quad grid, diamond, hexagon, triangle, etc. The plugin is perfect for exploring paneling structures, mathematical shapes, and workflow
Creating Panels with Lunchbox. (Source: Rhino Grasshopper Channel; Grasshopper Tutorial- Lunchbox)
This plugin for Grasshopper is used by structural engineers as a virtual form-finding technique, especially in parametric design. Kangaroo Physics optimizes and analyzes the structural components, helping generate complex forms by resolving constraints. The plugin provides simulation in the model in real-time while any change is made on the script. It also helps in creating catenary arches (think Sagrada Familia ), which normally follow a rather complex method of formation.
Complex geometrical forms by Kangaroo Physics. (Source: InspirationTuts Channel; Best Rhino Plugins for Architecture)
A savior for architects, this plugin is known as the Flexible BIM. It allows you to design freely but at the same time helps you generate all the necessary documents required to construct a project. While you order a pizza, VisualArq will create all the plans, sections, and different standards like services, dimensions, materials, etcetera just from the 3D model. The plugin also offers smart architectural objects like staircases, window/door blocks, and much more.
Architectural Blocks in the VisualArq library. (Source: InspirationTuts Channel; Best Rhino Plugins for Architecture)
Ladybug is a powerful environmental analysis plugin for Grasshopper that conducts weather analysis based on the site location. If you’re tired of cluelessly drawing yellow curves and random blue arrows to create the illusion of a climatic analysis, this is the plugin for you. With Ladybug, you will be well-equipped to hit the jury with various informative 2D and 3D diagrams to explain and inform your design.
Environment Analysis by Ladybug. (Source: InspirationTuts Channel; Best Rhino Plugins for Architecture)
Another plugin to ease your workflow, the Section Tool can generate a great section from your 3D model without much extra effort. It is a smart plugin where the sections are synchronized with the model, and each time you make a change, it is replicated in the sectional drawing. The tool can also create hatches and curves all by itself.
Ease in creating sections with the Section tool. (Source: InspirationTuts Channel; Best Rhino Plugins for Architecture)
Fluid Ray is integrated into Rhino for creating photo-realistic renders. At times when you need quick renders, this plugin comes in very handy with its high-quality graphics, generating stunning views in a matter of minutes. It offers real-time rendering, which means that the material applied to the model will automatically be replicated to the views as well. The plugin also offers an extensive list of material, lighting, and textures in its library.
Real-time renders with Fluid Ray. (Source: InspirationTuts Channel; Best Rhino Plugins for Architecture)
Rhino 3D is for everyone, including landscape and urban designers. This plugin allows the user to design landscape and urban features in 2D as well as 3D, with a large library of plants and vegetation which can be edited. You can even customize the season and growth of the vegetation!
Landscape design in Rhino with Lands Design. (Source: InspirationTuts Channel; Best Rhino Plugins for Architecture)
Thus, now we know that Rhino 3D has the potential to be your BFF! It’s easy to use and offers powerful features relevant to your part of the design industry, and is also cheaper than other 3D modeling software of this calibre.
These reasons, among others, are leading to a rapid expansion of its user base globally. So, take the first step of entering the world of parametric design by checking out Novatr’s latest course on Rhino + Grasshopper 101!
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