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What’s New in Rhino 8?

Rhino 8 is here! And it brings powerful new modeling tools like ShrinkWrap, a huge speed boost for Mac users, SubD Creases, PushPull workflows, better drafting tools, a more customizable User Interface, a faster Render engine, new Grasshopper data types, and much more.

If you haven’t already purchased a license of Rhino 8, I hope that by the end of this article, you are convinced that it provides huge value out-of-the-box and great potential in the future.

Want to upgrade to Rhino 8 or have any questions about any of the new features? Feel free to contact us at rhino@microsolresources.com. 

Breaking Down the Updates: A Deep Dive into Rhino 8’s New Features

 

ShrinkWrap: Turn Garbage To Gold

ShrinkWrap creates a watertight mesh around open or closed meshes, NURBS geometry, SubD, and point clouds: ideal for creating meshes for 3D printing.
ShrinkWrap

Built for Mac

Rhino for Mac is faster than ever, running natively on both Apple Silicon and Intel Macs, and using the Apple Metal display technology. There is also the User-Interface on Mac closer to its Windows sibling.
  • Metal: Blazingly fast 3D drawing, a massive speed boost for Mac users.
  • Window Layouts: Customize, save, share, and restore your favorite interface layouts.
  • Universal App: Rhino for Mac runs natively on Apple Silicon and Intel Macs.
  • Layer Manager: A complete rewrite, on Windows and Mac, including all new features.
  • Rendering: Updated the Cycles engine for faster, GPU-accelerated raytracing.

 

SubD Creases

SubD Creases create a feature between a smooth and a sharp edge, without adding complexity to the SubD control net, great for making fillet-like features.
SubD Creases

Modeling: Simplified

Rhino 8 unlocks new modeling workflows — like PushPull — and adds intuitive new features to the Gumball and Automatic CPlanes.
  • Modeling Simplified: Rhino’s model creation tools make it flexible, accurate, open, and very popular.
  • Auto CPlanes: Smarter CPlanes automatically align to eligible selections.
  • Gumball: The move, scale, and rotate widget gets new grips for extending and extruding.
  • PushPull: Grab a face and push or pull it, extruding or extending.
  • Inset: New Options and Support for Surfaces and Polysurface Faces.

 

Clipping and Sectioning

Rhino 8 introduces a number of clipping and sectioning enhancements to help support various drafting and fabrication workflows…
  • Section Styles: Use Section Styles to create section details of your model.
  • Selective Clipping: Selective clipping and viewing depth.
  • Dynamic Vector Drawings: Create dynamic vector drawings of clipping sections.
  • Clipped Views: Use Clipping Planes Views in 2D Layouts.
  • Sectioning for Fabrication: Extract section curves and slices for fabrication.

 

Presentation

Rhino 8 has updated the Cycles Render engine, smoothed out the UV Workflow, improved our procedural textures, and added a display mode.

Grasshopper: Rhino Data Types

Rhino Data Types allow you to bake geometry with custom attributes, import more file formats, control blocks, use native materials in the display pipeline, create hatches and annotations, and many other expanded workflows…
  • Object Attributes: Manage Rhino object attributes directly from Grasshopper.
  • Annotations: Define the look of annotations in Grasshopper.
  • Blocks: Create block definitions and instances in Grasshopper.
  • Live Baking: Live update existing Rhino objects from Grasshopper.
  • UserText: Add user text to Rhino objects.

 

Rhino Refined

Hundreds of bugs were fixed, along with new Linetypes, improved Mesh Booleans, and enhanced surface editing tools.

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Development Platform

Rhino 8 brings a new code editor, support for CPython and .NET 7, major improvements to the free SDKs, with API refinements, and some major new features that broaden and deepen the foundations of the geometry development platform.

And More

Looking for a complete list of new commands? If you’re not seeing what you’re looking for above, please check out the documentation’s New in Rhino 8 for a complete list as well as new command options.

What’s new in Rhino 8

 

For more information on Rhino software, please refer to our other blog posts and our Microsol Resources’ YouTube Channel for additional resources and webinar recordings.

Want to upgrade to Rhino 8 or have any questions about any of the new features? Feel free to contact us at rhino@microsolresources.com. 

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Autodesk Revit vs. Revit LT Comparison Matrix

Autodesk Revit is a single software application that supports a BIM workflow from concept to construction. Revit LT is more cost-effective, streamlined BIM software. Revit software includes additional features and functionality such as worksharing, analysis and in-product rendering.

But which Autodesk Revit product is right for you?

You can read this article to compare the features of Revit and Revit LT, and learn which BIM software is the right solution for your design workflow.

Because Revit LT is fully compatible with other Revit products, the same designs can be shared with all other users of the platform.

  • More cost-effective, streamlined BIM software
  • For architects & designers
  • Simplified 3D BIM tool for producing 3D architectural designs and documentation.

 

Features

Deployment and Installation
  • Standalone Installation
Architectural modeling
  • Walls, curtain walls, floors, roofs, ceilings & columns
  • Loadable family components (Doors, windows, etc.)
  • Design options
  • Rooms and areas
  • Site modeling
  • Stairs and ramps
  • Railings
Structural modeling
  • Structural walls, floor slab
  • Structural foundation wall and Isolated
  • Structural columns, beams, and braces
Advanced modeling
  • Create groups for repeating elements
  • Family editor environment
  • In-place modeling (Walls only for Revit LT)
Presentation and visualization
  • Sketchy lines
  • Shadows and Ambient Shadows
  • Architectural Depth Cueing
  • Displaced elements
  • Realistic view styles
  • Orthographic and perspective views, walkthroughs
  • Smooth lines with Antialiasing
  • Occlusion Culling
  • Cloud Rendering
  • Photorealistic Materials
Documentation
  • 2D detail lines, 2D detail components
  • Revision tracking
  • Dimensioning, tagging, Annotation, and Text
  • Phasing
  • Schedules, material takeoff
Linking and working with other Revit Files
  • Open and work with all Revit file types
  • Link files from other Revit applications
  • Tag and schedule elements in link files
Links/Imports other formats
  • DWG™, DXF file format, TrustedDWG technology
  • Images (JPG, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF)
  • IFC
  • DGN, SketchUp, DWF markup
Exports
  • DWG, DXF, DGN, DWF, DWFx
  • Room/Area Reports, Schedules
  • Solar studies (only still images available for export)
  • IFC
BUY REVIT LT

 

 

  • Built for BIM
  • For architecture, MEP, structural engineering & construction
  • Extended cloud functionality for rendering & analysis
  • Plan, design, construct, and manage buildings with powerful tools for Building Information Modeling.

 

Features

Deployment and Installation
  • Standalone Installation
  • Network deployment
Architectural Modeling
  • Walls, curtain walls, floors, roofs, ceilings & columns
  • Loadable family components (Doors, windows, etc.)
  • Design options
  • Rooms and areas
  • Site modeling
  • Stairs and ramps
  • Railings
Construction Modeling
  • Parts
  • Assemblies
Structural modeling
  • Structural walls, floor slab
  • Structural foundation wall and Isolated
  • Structural columns, beams, and braces
  • Slanted columns
  • Trusses
  • Advanced Steel Connections for Revit*
  • Reinforcement, Rebar modeling
MEP modeling
  • HVAC duct systems
  • Mechanical Equipment
  • Piping and plumbing systems
  • Fabrication Parts
  • Electrical and lighting systems
Advanced modeling
  • Create groups for repeating elements
  • Family editor environment
  • In-place modeling (Walls only for Revit LT)
  • Shaped Edited Floors and Roofs
  • Global Parameters
  • Conceptual massing, adaptive components
Presentation and visualization
  • Sketchy lines
  • Shadows and Ambient Shadows
  • Architectural Depth Cueing
  • Displaced elements
  • Realistic view styles
  • Orthographic and perspective views, walkthroughs
  • Smooth lines with Antialiasing
  • Occlusion Culling
  • Cloud Rendering
  • Photorealistic Materials
  • In Product Rendering
  • Decals
  • Ray trace (in canvas rendering)
Analysis
  • Area analysis
  • Analytical model
  • Structural loads and boundary conditions
  • Heating and cooling loads
  • Massing studies
  • Solar studies (only still images available for export)
Documentation
  • 2D detail lines, 2D detail components
  • Revision tracking
  • Dimensioning, tagging, Annotation, and Text
  • Phasing
  • Schedules, material takeoff
  • Embedded Schedules
  • Panel Schedules, Duct and Pipe Pressure loss reports
  • View filters
  • Graphical Column Schedules
Collaboration
  • Interference check, copy/monitor
  • Work sharing (multiuser environment)
  • Shared coordinates among projects
  • Revit Server
Linking and working with other Revit Files
  • Open and work with all Revit file types
  • Link files from other Revit applications
  • Tag and schedule elements in link files
  • Copy/Paste elements from links
  • Customize the visibility of linked models
Links/Imports other formats
  • DWG™, DXF file format, TrustedDWG technology
  • Images (JPG, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF)
  • IFC
  • DGN, SketchUp, DWF markup
  • Point clouds
Exports
  • DWG, DXF, DGN, DWF, DWFx
  • Room/Area Reports, Schedules
  • Solar studies (only still images available for export)
  • IFC
  • SAT, ADSK, gbXML, ODBC, family types
Application Programming Interface (API)
  • Application programming interface (API) SDK
  • 3rd Party API add-ins
  • Macros
  • Dynamo for Revit
BUY REVIT

 

 

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What’s New in Enscape 3.5?

Enscape 3.5 is here! It makes the design and visualization workflow even easier and faster for users.

Enscape introduces the Adjustable Asset series, a selection of assets with modifiable functions that offer more flexibility through color and material customization.

Users will also benefit from improved indirect lighting and mirror reflections, alpha channel export for semi-transparent materials, over 50 unique people assets, Revit 2024 support, and much more!

Enscape 3.5 is the latest version of the software, released in 2023. In this article, we will explore some of the new features and improvements in Enscape 3.5.

Key features in Enscape 3.5

Adjustable assets

With the new Adjustable Asset series, users can make changes to the material, color, or variation of certain Enscape assets. Furniture materials can be altered, clothing colors of certain people assets can be changed, and exact colors can be chosen for each of the 91 vehicles in Enscape. Alternative assets can also be seen for trees and plants, specifically autumnal trees and unpotted plants. All assets with this new functionality can be found by filtering using the tag “Adjustable”.

Improved lighting and reflections

Enscape 3.5 includes improvements to its global illumination algorithm, which delivers enhanced lighting, reflections, and rendering quality to users with GPUs that support hardware-accelerated ray tracing. Users will see an improvement in the quality of indirect lighting, especially in interior scenes, resulting in more realistic and high-quality visualizations. Additionally, users will experience more consistent lighting and precise shading in mirror reflections. This feature is available for users with NVIDIA RTX or AMD RX 6000/7000 series graphics cards.

Enscape is a powerful real-time rendering and visualization software that allows architects, engineers, and designers to create stunning 3D visualizations of their projects.

New 3D people assets

53 people were added to the Enscape Asset Library in January 2023. These are real people who have been scanned with our in-house 3D scanner. The library continues to grow with a new batch of 40 people that allow clothing customization with Enscape 3.5 and will get more diverse over time. Plans are also in place to start scanning more animals and helpful objects using this same technology. The scanned people assets are exclusive to Enscape and will be available in Chaos Cosmos shorty. They can be found by filtering for the tag “Exclusive”.

Alpha channel export improvement

Users can now export renderings with a transparent background, facilitating editing and post-processing in other tools. Users can also export semi-transparent materials, such as windows and glass surfaces, reducing the amount of time required for refining these materials during post-processing.

Orthographic views update for Revit

Enscape 3.5 allows for the synchronization of orthographic views between Revit and Enscape. Any orthographic view created or edited in Enscape will be reflected in Revit, and the crop region in Revit will match the Enscape viewport. This synchronization is bi-directional, meaning that users can adjust the crop region in Revit to
modify the view in Enscape as well.

Certified SpaceMouse support

With Enscape 3.5, it is possible to customize mouse controls through shortcut buttons on the SpaceMouse itself. This will make it easier for users to use a SpaceMouse and navigate a 3D model in conjunction with Enscape.

Layer assignment of assets in Rhino

In previous versions, when an Enscape asset was placed into a project, Rhino would assign it to the Default Layer. Now when placing assets in Rhino or Enscape, they will be placed in the currently selected layer.

New user area in toolbar

Users can now access their accounts directly from the Enscape toolbar. This will make it easier for them to manage and check their license status, manage web standalone, and panoramas.

Revit 2024 support

Enscape 3.5 supports the latest version of Revit – 2024.

Enscape + Chaos’ V-Ray

In 2022, Enscape merged with Chaos, a developer of visualization technologies that empower artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Together, the newly-combined company is creating an end-to-end ecosystem of 3D visualization tools accessible to everyone. To learn more about this merger, read this article.

Need more information about Enscape?

Click here to learn more about Enscape, or contact our team at enscape@microsolresources.com.

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