It’s been a long time coming but I’ve finally committed to Rhino and bought a license. I’ve been on the fence for a while now as I know how great it can be for some really complex lattice structures and freeform modelling, but I just know Solidworks so well I like to think I can design anything I want in there anyway (as with my 3D printed bike). What tipped me over the edge is finding out that there is a plugin for Rhino called Firefly that can be used to directly control my new Arduino, along with a host of other controllers. Now that’s cool! I’ve been researching ways to move between Arduino and CAD models for a little while now as part of my PhD, and this has got me really excited.
The images above show one of my simple giveaway designs for a phone amplifier available on Thingiverse for FREE (read the post here which includes a video showing it in action). Originally modeled in Solidworks, I thought it would be a good challenge to put it into Rhino and make sure it’s a Solid Model ready to 3D print. It’s a slightly different way of thinking, but it’s quite easy to pickup. I miss the parametric capabilities of Solidworks, but can definitely see some fun ahead with Paneling tools and Grasshopper. Even generating a simple wireframe style model is very quick in Rhino, as in the third image.
Besides, I can always adopt a hybrid process and jump between both Solidworks and Rhino can’t I?
– Posted by James Novak