Rhino Plug-Ins

Rhino Plug-Ins (10)




Panther is a Jewellery plugin for Rhino and Grasshopper.

Panther has everything you need to to create amazing jewellery, faster.

The complete CAD toolset for jewellery design and manufacturing. Panther is built on top of Rhino, and in addition there is complete Grasshopper integration.

It's defined by easy-to-use jewellery builders as well as interactive Gallery parts, prepared to be your most valuable resource.

Speed up your whole process and increase your productivity using advanced 3D tools with unlimited possibilities.


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details on this brand new Rhino Jewellery plugin. Panther is also available to buy now at the Rhino Webstore.


SimLab 3D PDF Exporter for Rhino

SimLab Logo for 3D PDF Exporter for Rhino

With SimLab 3D PDF exporter for Rhino you can share your 3D models easily.

The template designer enables you to create stunning templates, and use them in the exported 3D PDF files.

The plugin is supported on Rhino 4, 5, 6, 32 and 64 bit.

Watch the video below to learn more about the advanced 3D PDF export capabilities for Rhino.



Contact us for more details or, if you're ready to buy your license and would like to do so online, you can visit the Rhino Webstore to make your purchase.




Subdivision, bridges, Y-branches, smooth surface patches, star point creation with G2 or higher continuity and much more.

XirusCAD® provides a new, intuitive CAD solution for organic and freeform modelling.

XirusCAD® simulates immediate responsiveness to a broad range of geometrical parameters that are key for complex 3D modeling such as:

  • direct control of tangents 
  • direct control of curvature 
  • direct access to the digital object through interpolating control points 
  • watertight junctions with immediate smoothness control 
  • subdivision and local refinement with controllable smoothness 
  • more localized control than NURBS and fewer parameters


XirusCAD® provides:

  • Local refinability wherever you want and whenever you need as with subdivision
  • Flexibility and ease-of-use of polygons but with fewer parameters and exact precision
  • Smoothness and organic shape design as with NURBS





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RhinoCFD is a general purpose Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software plugin, built directly into the Rhino environment and powered by CHAM’s PHOENICS. It allows users to investigate the interaction of their model with the surrounding fluid. This allows for rapid optimization and testing all without leaving the familiarity of the Rhino environment.

What is CFD?

CFD helps predict and visualize how a fluid (gas or liquid) behaves and how it affects and interacts with objects that it encounters as it flows past. It enables users to test their models in real-world conditions without the cost of physically modelling them, saving valuable project testing time, optimizing their performance and reducing costs, leading to a more efficient project workflow.


CFD can be used in any area where fluids may have an impact on a design and therefore its applications are numerous and is already used in a wide variety of industries including:

  • Marine: design of hulls, sails, propellers
  • Architecture and building services: External/internal ventilation, HVAC, contaminant dispersion
  • Jewellery: Investment casting optimization
  • Aerospace: Aerodynamics, turbomachinery, heat management
  • Medical: Arterial flow, respiratory flow, effects of non-Newtonian fluids
  • Transportation: Drag reduction, combustion processes, emissions testing


With RhinoCFD, Computational Fluid Dynamics is now available for Rhino3d users without having to leave the Rhino environment. It also makes a complex subject matter accessible to many new users, reducing the learning curve necessary to perform the investigations.

RhinoCFD’s breadth of scope allows you to simulate complex phenomena such as multiple-phase and compressible flow, heat transfer both inside solids and between solids and fluids, radiation modelling and non-Newtonian flows.



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Using the free-form capabilities of Rhino/Grasshopper + the BIM features that VisualARQ provides = Flexible BIM for Rhino.
Design, model and produce BIM projects of any free-form architectural design.
Work with powerful associative 3D achitectural objects also created from Grasshopper.

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BIM for Rhino3d

Share models with other AEC BIM modelling Tools in your office or with Clients & Contractors.

Parametric Architectural Library for Rhino3d

Walls, Curtain Walls, Doors, Windows, Openings, Columns and Beams, Slabs, Roofs & more...

Section & Plan Generator

Create full Documentation automatically from your 3D Rhino Model.  Plans, Sections, Elevations etc.

Real Time Sections

Dynamic Architectural Section & Rendered & Interior Views

Integration with Grasshopper

VisualARQ’s own Grasshopper components, bring Architectural objects inside your Grasshopper definitions.


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Orca 3D Marine Design Plug-In for Rhino3d

Orca 3D Marine Design Plug-In

Orca3D streamlines your design work with a suite of powerful applications that run within the Rhino3D environment. Conceptualise, model, and analyse, all without transferring files or learning a new program.

Building on Rhino's powerful 3D modeling capabilities, Orca3D provides marine-specific tools for hull design and fairing, hydrostatics & intact stability, and more. With the Orca3D plug-in, you can conceptualise, model, and analyse your design in a single environment, without the tedious and error-prone task of transferring your design from one program to another.

Orca3D is broken into modules which can be purchased as bundles:

Level 1: Hull Design plus Hydrostatics/Intact Stability
Level 2: Hull Design plus Hydrostatics/Intact Stability plus Speed/Power Analysis and Weight/Cost Tracking

Download an evaluation copy here 


Orca 3D Hull Design and Fairing

The design of a vessel in Orca3D begins with the hull model. Hull design is a unique combination of artistic expression and engineering analysis, combining to form a creative process to meet the aesthetic and performance requirements of the vessel.

The software that you use to transform the hull from an idea to a 3D computer model should enrich the creative process, with guidance provided by precise and detailed analyses. With Orca3D, you have complete freedom to create any type of hull, beginning with a concept and carrying through to final fairing, while ensuring that the hull meets your target hydrostatic properties.

In Orca3D, the hull is created as a NURBS surface. While Rhino provides many important surface creation and editing tools, Orca3D adds capabilities that are specific to hull design, such as:

  • Hull Assistants, for instantly creating hulls according to a range of input dimensional and shape parameters.
  •  Easy definition of the sections to be displayed on your hull surface; stations, buttocks, waterlines, and other planar curves. The user may specify the colour of these sections, together with the layers upon which they should be placed.
  • • Real-time update of the sections as the hull surface is modified
  • Real-time update of the hydrostatics as the hull surface is modified
  • Control over the shape of the forefoot of the hull, ensuring a curvature-continuous transition from the stem to the bottom
  • Easy positioning of the surface's control vertices, either interactively, or via Orca3D's vertex control dialog

Any type of hull and hull feature may be modeled. Hulls may be created as a single surface, or when appropriate, multiple surfaces. Tools like blending, trimming, and filleting provide tremendous capability and flexibility.

In addition to hull fairing tools, Orca3D provides a new tree control to help you to organize your model. It's another view into your layers, but with the addition of individual objects. This makes it easy to name objects, select them, change their properties, and drag them from one layer to another.

Another nice feature of the tree is the ability to quickly focus in on part of the model; simply right-click on a layer, sublayer, or object, and select "Set View Part." The rest of the model will then become hidden.


Orca 3D Weight & Cost Tracking

The success of any design hinges on its weight and centre of gravity. These parameters are fundamental to stability, speed, capacity to carry cargo (whether it be passengers, containers, or weapons), seakeeping performance, etc. Weight and CG tracking therefore must be a fundamental part of any design process.

Cost is another critical factor in the success of a design, and good engineering practice calls for cost considerations to be closely tied to the design process.

Orca3D's Weight/Cost Tracking module adds value to your Rhino model by assigning weight and cost parameters to the objects in the model, and summarizing and presenting the data.

For example, a surface that represents a portion of the hull can be assigned a weight per unit area, and as that surface is modified, the total weight and centre of gravity updates automatically. The cost parameter is broken down into material cost and labour cost, and can also be assigned on a per unit area basis. Similarly, curves can be assigned values on a per unit length basis, and solids can have either per unit area or per unit volume values. Also, curves, surfaces, and solids, as well as point objects, can be assigned an absolute value for weight and/or cost, that will not change as the object is modified.

To simplify the process of assigning weight and cost values to your objects, Orca3D includes the ability to create a library of stock materials, and you can assign a stock material to the objects in your model. For example, you might create "5 mm steel plate," with a unit weight per square meter, a material cost per square meter, and a labour/fabrication cost per square meter.


Orca 3D Hydrostatics & Intact Stability

The process of hull design is more than simply aesthetics; the hull must meet various other requirements, including overall dimensions, displacement, centre of buoyancy, and stability. Therefore, the process of hull design and the analysis of hydrostatics and stability must be closely linked. In Orca3D, the model for these tasks is one and the same; the hull is designed using one or more NURBS surfaces, and these same surfaces are used in the calculation of the hydrostatics and stability properties. In fact, they are so closely linked, that the hydrostatics can be updated in real time, as the hull surface is modified.

Calculation Types

Orca3D computes intact hydrostatics at one or more waterlines, or multiple displacement/centre of gravity combinations. In addition, at each of these conditions, the righting arm curve may be computed. Computed values include:

  • Overall and waterplane dimensions
  • Integrated values: volume, displacement, centre of buoyancy, wetted surface
  • Waterplane properties: waterplane area, centre of flotation
  • Maximum sectional area data
  • Hull form coefficients: block, prismatic, vertical prismatic, max section, waterplane, wetted surface
  • Stability parameters: transverse and longitudinal inertias and metacentric heights
  • Righting Arm Curve: righting arm and trim angle versus heel, height of any points of interest above the flotation plane

Vessel Types

Because Orca3D computes the hydrostatic properties based on the surface model, using first principles, there is really no limit to the type of vessel or object that it can analyse. Monohulls, multihulls, vessels with propeller or bow thruster tunnels...basically, anything that floats, or even sinks, can be analysed with Orca3D.


Graphical output consists of a planar surface inserted at the equilibrium flotation plane, with the LCB and LCF annotated.

Orca3D produces a report that includes tabular data at each flotation condition, as well as plots of appropriate parameters. The report is created and displayed using Microsoft Report Generator; the file may then be printed, or saved in Adobe Acrobat? (pdf) or Microsoft Excel? format.


Orca 3D Speed/Power Analysis

"How fast will it go?" The Orca3D Speed/Power Analysis module has two different prediction methods: the Savitsky method to predict the speed/power curve for chine hulls, and the Holtrop method to predict the speed/power for displacement hulls. We have integrated the HydroComp Drag Prediction Library, to ensure reliable, accurate results.

Most of the required input parameters are automatically computed from your model, although the user can input or override the values. Results are quickly generated and professionally formatted, and include checks to ensure the validity of the results. Any parameters that are outside of the ranges of the prediction method are flagged.

In addition to predicting the performance, the analysis gives insight into how to improve the performance, with a Drag Reduction Analysis. Four key parameter are evaluated, and recommendations given on adjustments to optimise your design; Planing Beam, Deadrise Angle, LCG location, and Shaft Angle.



RhinoTerrain 2.0 

Powerful Digital Terrain Modelling for Rhino 5.0

RhinoTerrain™, a Rhinoceros plugin, is a powerful tool used to easily create digital terrain models. It is based on a robust and reliable constrained triangulation algorithm, able to handle huge data volumes. Fully integrated into Rhinoceros, RhinoTerrain™ uses all the geometric and graphical computing capabilities of this free-form modeler.

RhinoTerrain™ is suitable to anyone who may have an interest for realistic 3D visualization of Digital Elevation Models (DEM) or engineering works, ie: architects, surveyors, offices study, local authorities, designers etc.

Please contact us for a Trial License of RhinoTerrain 2.0

  • Available Versions:
  • Commercial Single User (Node Locked)
  • Commercial Floating License
  • Educational Single User (Node Locked)
  • Educational 30 User LAB Kit - Floating License




RhinoGold simplifies the process of creating jewellery in CAD for professional jewellery designers.  It makes the entire experience faster and easier, and combines all the power of the rhino modelling engine with an interface suited to jewellers, whether new to CAD or experienced.

The graphical interface makes it easy to create and tweak designs as you're looking at them, editing 'on-the-fly'.  All the RhinoGold tools can also be run within the normal Rhino3d environment for seasoned Rhino3d users. 

RhinoGold has extensive libraries of gems, all with shaped cutting tools making it quick and easy to create elegant mounts with custom backholing. Advanced pavé tools also make it simple to create continuous swathes of gems and prongs both automatically and with custom placement.

The ring and setting creation tools include cross section profiles of many common wires making it simple to create rings, head and bezel settings exactly as you want them.  Custom tools make otherwise arduous tasks of creating signet rings, hollow rings and twisting channel settings easy.

Parametrics built into the RhinoGold browser make it simple to change ring sizes, profiles, stone sizes and settings, and the rest of the model automatically updates to fit.

The included libraries of stones and profiles can be added to by the user quickly and easily, and if you create a custom stone, the cutters for it are created too.

RhinoGold includes powerful analysis tools allowing you to assess parts, or the whole job, and bring up a report on metal and stone weights which includes losses for shrinkage and clean-up.  There are even job management tools so at a click you can bring up relevant timescales, deadlines and completed processes.

Bundled Clayoo and Rhino Emboss tools are invaluable for quickly and easily creating respectively smooth organic branching forms and intricate relief work that would otherwise take many hours. 

Simply Rhino offer RhinoGold training classes and one-to-one sessions with training staff who are experienced goldsmiths and jewellers and understand the jewellery world.

Simply Rhino are the only Official UK Reseller of RhinoGold.


DIVA for Rhino

DIVA for Rhino

DIVA-for-Rhino is a highly optimized daylighting and energy modeling plug-in for Rhino3d.

The plug-in was initially developed at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and is now distributed and developed by Solemma LLC.

DIVA-for-Rhino allows users to carry out a series of environmental performance evaluations of individual buildings and urban landscapes including:

  • Radiation Maps
  • Photorealistic Renderings
  • Climate-Based Daylighting Metrics
  • Annual & Individual Time Step Glare Analysis
  • LEED and CHPS Daylighting Compliance
  • Single Thermal Zone Energy and Load Calculations


More recent functionaility to be added includes:

  • LEED v4 daylighting credit – simulate the credit using the IES-LM-83's sDA metric
  • Electric Lighting - load in and position IES files to simulate electric lighting


More Information and Trial Download 

DataKit Translators

Simply Rhino is authorised to sell and support the full range of Datakit file transfer solutions.

Of most interest to Rhino users is the range of import and export filters outlined below. If your Rhino workflow includes regular data exchange with a solid modeller then you may find these specialist translators are more productive than using a neutral data format like STEP or IGES.

SolidWorks users please note that Rhino will read .sldrpt and .sldasm files and that SolidWorks will open native Rhino v5 files.


Rhino v5 Import Plug-Ins

  • ACIS 3D to Rhino
  • CATIA v4 to Rhino
  • CATIA v5 to Rhino
  • Inventor 3D to Rhino
  • JT 3D to Rhino
  • Parasolid 3D to Rhino
  • ProEngineer 3D to Rhino
  • SolidEdge 3D to Rhino
  • Unigraphics 3D to Rhino


Rhino v4 Export Plug-Ins

  • Rhino to CATIA v4
  • Rhino to CATIA v5