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Which Modeling Software To Make You a Better Designer: Rhino 3D vs. SketchUp?

Updated: May 8

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This blog post compares many 3D modelling software with an emphasis on SketchUp and Rhinoceros 3D. (better known as Rhino 3D). Instead of comparing which 3D tool is superior to another, we prefer to look at which tools are most effective for certain tasks and how they may even function in concert with one another. Multiple 3D applications being utilised in a professional working setting is rather frequent.

Let's first look at the technologies underlying SketchUp and Rhino 3D's software before we compare them.


The software SketchUp, which Trimble purchased from Google in 2012, is widely accessible and reasonably priced. It makes sense that many designers start with 3D modelling with SketchUp. As was previously explained in this blog, SketchUp is a polygon-based modelling tool (also known as a mesh modeller), which implies that surfaces are formed up of triangles, quads, or Ngons. SketchUp is typically used for both 3D rendering and 3D animation. Surprisingly, the interior design industry has become very popular using this software. With the software, there is a very low learning curve.

Popular 3D software like SketchUp, 3ds MAX, Cinema 4D, and Modo can both render enormous scenes and create special effects, as seen in the film and television industries.

Rhino 3D

Rhino 3D has been around for about 25 years and started as an AutoCAD plug-in to make intricate 3D shapes inside the well-known 2D software. Rhino looks and feels a lot like AutoCAD, which will surprise some people. This tool belongs to the class of computer-aided drafting (CAD) tools, where accuracy is essential for creating intricate three-dimensional models. With CAD tools, the degree of accuracy may be as low as 10^-9 nanometres.

Rhino 3D was first released as a standalone programme in the 1990s by Robert McNeel and Associates, the firm that created it. Its main purpose was ship design, which called for a tool that could produce intricate ship hull surfaces. Rhino later advanced to other disciplines, including architectural and interior design. The 3D tool eventually gained more features over time, such as the incorporation of potent renderers (Flamingo, Vray, Maxwell), animation (Bongo), and, most recently, a parametric design surfacing tool (Grasshopper).

Designers will be able to quickly and simply generate 3D organic shapes using subdivision surface modelling techniques in the upcoming Rhino V7 version. Overall, Rhino is evolving into a comprehensive design suite and gaining popularity with a constantly expanding global client base. It is one of the most often used 3D Nurbs apps because of its low cost. It's also important to remember that Rhino 3D is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

In conclusion, it is entirely up to you whether you want to begin learning 3D using Rhino 3D or SketchUp. Both are simple to use and both are fantastic entry points into the realm of 3D creation. Each of the two offers distinct advantages due to basic distinctions between them.

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