Rhino 6

Rhinoceros 6.0

This is a big step forward for Rhino 5.0 users as McNeel & Associates work on it since 2012.

The official information from McNeel & Associates about Rhinoceros 6.0:

Buy now Rhino 6 or a Rhino 6 upgrade

By purchasing now an upgrade plus an extra Rhino 6 license, you get an extra discount of 5% on the upgrade.

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Rhino 6 for Mac is not yet released

  • Rhino 6 for Mac will hopefully be released later this year. Rhino 6 will then be the same for both Mac and Windows operating systems. You buy one Rhino 6 and decide yourself on which operating system you like to install it.
  • Current Rhino for Mac users can already download and use the free Rhino 6 for Mac “Work In Progress” (WIP) version. Then you are also able to save and open files in Rhino 6 format.
  • New Rhino for Mac users or people who like to purchase an extra license, can preferably purchase a Rhino 6 for Windows license and convert it to a Rhino 5 for Mac which will fluently update for free to a Rhino 6 for Mac when it becomes available. This is the cheapest solution as you don’t need to buy an upgrade to Rhino 6 at a later time. It works like this:
    • First buy a Rhino 6 for Windows license.
    • Then download, install and validate this license on a Windows computer. We can do this for you at RhinoCentre if you like.
    • After that you generate here your Rhino 5 for Mac license key for free. This is only possible with a validated Rhino 6 license.
    • And finally download and install your Rhino 5 for Mac.

Rhino 6.0 is the result of an open development with Rhino 5 users and therefore totally stable. This also explains why it took McNeel more than five years to deliver an upgrade. They want to make sure that a new Rhino is stable and a big improvement. At RhinoCentre we work now for more than a year with Rhino 6 because it is much faster than Rhino 5. Especially with huge 3D files and processing large AutoCAD drawings like general arrangement plans in the maritime industry..

Our reasons for a Rhino 6 Upgrade

As we work extensively with Rhino at RhinoCentre in projects for our clients, we have a clear idea where Rhino excels and where it is still disappointing. Due to our extensive contact with clients we also have a clear vision where clients can make big improvements in using Rhino in their workflow.


Visual scripting with Grasshopper is now fully integrated in Rhino 6 and makes Rhino much more intelligent. At RhinoCentre we work with Grasshopper since 2008. Grasshopper makes it possible to script Rhino commands without the need for programming by typing code in for eaxmple Python. This makes programming with Grasshopper so easy for people who are visually oriented like many designers.


We also use Rhino a lot for internal or external presentations. Especially in the design- and engineering phase there is often little time to put a lot of effort in it. Therefore we often just make a few screenshots instead of a starting up a time consuming render procedure. In Rhino 6 we found big improvements in creating very attractive images in little time:

  • The new display pipeline of Rhino makes the viewports faster and more attractive. It is now also GPU based:
    • Zooming, panning and rotating is much faster with large 3D models and heavy AutoCAD drawings.
    • The ‘realtime rendered viewport’ is much more attractive for making presentations with a screenshot or the default Rhino render. That is why there is less need to work with a render plugin. We experience in our projects that creating quick presentations take less time and look more professional.
  • New tools to manipulate a render mesh to make it look more realistic. As a surface in Rhino often doesn’t have a thickness, it is now very easy to add thickness to the render mesh. This makes it appear much more realistic. Other features are for example edge softening which also adds realism to objects as rounded edges result in a glossy appearance. And yes, this is very noticable!
  • Quickly create screenshots in a flexible way with the renewed _ViewCaptureToFile command.
  • The default Rhino Render now creates much more attractive images. This makes it less necessary to use a render plugin like Flamingo or V-Ray.

2D documentation

Rhino 6 offers much more functionality for making 2D drawings. This is especially interesting for companies who like to avoid using AutoCAD and still need workshop drawings.

  • Many more features for annotations.
  • Make2D is programmed from the ground up again and therefore much faster and more stable. This is especially interesting for those who need 2D drawings out of larger and more complex 3d models.

Cloud Zoo license management

With the “Cloud Zoo”, you’re able to use Rhino 6 anywhere in the world. Simply install Rhino 6.0 on every computer that you need and connect it with the “Cloud Zoo”.

  • This is interesting for companies when employees also work from home or abroad.
  • A license never gets lost again. This is what we often experience with our clients.
  • Click here for more information.

Last but not least: Modeling

  • Many existing modeling commands offer more functionality or they are more flexible.
  • The result of some modeling commands is editable afterwards or they update automatically. This is the case with fillets for example.
  • Add data to curves, surfaces etc. Finally it is possible in native Rhino to add meta data to Rhino objects. This makes Rhino models more functional. For example the type of material or the surface finish can be added to the object description.
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