Scan & Solve

Scan & Solve


Scan&Solve™ for Rhino

Simulate Early, Simulate Often... In Rhino

Scan&Solve for Rhino for Windows completely automates basic structural simulation of Rhino3d solids. Unlike other analysis tools, no preprocessing (meshing, simplification, healing, translating, etc.) is needed.
In Rhino, simply:

  1. Select the material (standard or custom)
  2. Apply the restraints
  3. Apply the loads (surface or body)
  4. Click [Go!]
  5. View the results (strength, weakness, stresses, deformation)


Mesh Free Technology

Scan&Solve is built on a patented mesh free technology that liberates Finite Element Analysis (FEA) from the dependence on and limitations of meshing.

The salient feature of the technology is separate handling and controls of geometric and physical computational models that are seamlessly combined at solution run time.

The advantages of this approach include unprecedented flexibility in handling geometric errors, small features, complex boundary conditions, and interfaces, while maintaining most of the benefits of classical finite element analysis.


Scan&Solve Versions

Scan&Solve is available in two versions, Scan&Solve 2014 and Scan&Solve Pro - visit the Key Features tab to see the differences and licensing options.


Key Features

Scan&Solve™ Key Features

This chart shows the Key Features of and the differences between Scan&Solve 2014 and Scan&Solve Pro.

  Scan&Solve Version 2014 Scan&Solve Pro
Basic Operation    
No meshing, simplification, healing, defeaturing Yes Yes
Variety of boundary and body loads Yes Yes
Edge and face restraints (partial or full) Yes Yes
Automation via scripting Yes Coming Soon
Multiple simulation scenarios per document No Yes
Simulation scenario management No Yes
Supported Models    
Any valid NURBs solid (polysurface) Yes Yes
Built-in support for mesh solids Yes Yes
Built-in support for extrusion objects Yes Yes
Built-in support for valid Rhino solids Yes Yes
Installation includes common engineering plastics Yes Yes
Multiple solids in bonded contact No Yes
Isotropic materials Yes Yes
Orthotropic materials No Yes
Wood materials included No Yes
Customizable materials Yes Yes
Wood materials with selectable grain No Yes
Wood material editor No Yes
Orthotropic composites No Yes
Orthotropy guided by curves and surfaces No Yes
Numerical solution controls    
Max resolution (elements) 500K 500K
Choice of solvers Yes Yes
Solution grid display Yes Yes
Dynamic sectioning Yes Yes
Displacements, strains Yes Yes
Stresses, danger levels Yes Yes
Strain energy Yes Yes
Tension/Compression Yes Yes
Customizable legend and labels Yes Yes
Orthotropic material orientation display No Yes
Web-ready report Yes Yes
Bake solution for Rhino, web, or 3D printing Yes Yes
Unicode language support Yes Yes
64 bit Version (Rhino 5) Yes Yes


Licensing Options

License Type Perpetual Annual
Free Upgrades No Yes
Floating Licenses No Yes
Academic Lab License No Yes



Technical Details

Technical Details / System Requirements:

Scan&Solve™ is a plug-in for Rhino3d, we would suggest looking at the standard hardware advice for Rhino 5:

Rhino3d System Requirements

There are also some sample build Windows Workstations for Rhino3d Workstations here:

Rhino3d & Rendering Workstations


Basic Specification Requirements:

Rhino 5 for Windows runs on ordinary Windows desktop and laptop computers, with:


  • 1 GB RAM. 8 GB or more is recommended
  • DVD drive or an Internet connection for installation
  • 600 MB disk space
  • OpenGL 2 capable video card recommended
  • Note: Apple hardware is supported only with Bootcamp


Operating systems:

  • Windows 7 or 8 - recommended
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP (32-bit only) Service Pack 3
  • Note: Both 32- and 64-bit versions are installed on 64-bit Windows systems.



  • Service releases downloaded automatically
  • License validation and product registration is simplified


Not supported:

  • Linux
  • Windows NT, 95, 98, ME, or 2000
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Mac OS X, but an OS X version is under development.
  • Virtualization systems on OS X such as VMWare and Parallels


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