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rhasell
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Inventor vs Rhino

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07-23-2013 04:39 PM

Can someone please offer some advice on the following.

 

I have no clue what Rhino is about, or how good it is, perhaps someone can enlighten me.

 

We do a tremendous amount of work for one of our clients, who used to be exclusivly AutoCAD, they have now been spoilt with the work I have given them in Inventor. I get the impression a salesman has been to see them, because they now want to go Rhino with a Grasshopper plugin making it parametric. This will apparently put Inventor to shame?

 

I have been to their web site, but trying get get anything worthwhile is quite tedious, Thats one positive for Autodesk, they want people to understand and use their products.

 

Thank you.


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graemev
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Re: Inventor vs Rhino

07-24-2013 10:21 AM in reply to: rhasell

I have generally seen Rhino used for non-engineering work: 3D printing files, computer graphics, gaming models, etc.  Inventor's background is in the engineering and technical fields.  They are both useful tools.  You may wish to point out to your clients that a hammer is not a screwdriver.  *shrug*

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RayFeiler
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Re: Inventor vs Rhino

07-24-2013 10:41 AM in reply to: rhasell

Have you checked out this one? http://www.grasshopper3d.com/

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ChristianAlanJamesBerg
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Re: Inventor vs Rhino

07-26-2013 01:35 PM in reply to: rhasell

From my experience with both Rhino is more artistic with freeform modeling etc. whereas Inventor is more engineering oriented. That's just my experience though so it depends on what your application is.

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Re: Inventor vs Rhino

07-28-2013 09:29 AM in reply to: ChristianAlanJamesBerg

Rhino's advantage - cost

Disadvantage - no drawing tools, people produce nice models with it but then have to export to create drawings.

 

Inventor has poor interoperability with rhino.  Solidworks and Ironcad can maintain an associative link with Rhino files, Inventor cant.

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Re: Inventor vs Rhino

07-28-2013 11:45 AM in reply to: rhasell

if they have a real need for that type of modeler - you might have them look at Fusion 360 (not to be confused with the retired Inventor Fusion).  Price for Fusion 360 is competitive (I think it is $25/month).

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rhasell
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Re: Inventor vs Rhino

07-28-2013 05:02 PM in reply to: rhasell

Thanks for all the info guys, hopefully we can convince them that Rhino will not be suitable for their needs.

 

Our industry is Structural and Architectural, focusing on Tensile membrane structures. I guess Rhino will make pretty pictures of the roof, but will not do any FEA or create pattern etc.

 

We use Inventor to do all the steel construction required to hold these structures up, but use NDN to do all the FEA as well as create the Membrane roof.

 

With the latetest version of Inventor, we are now starting to do FEA on the welded connections, which NDN does not do automatically, it it still a manual process.


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Re: Inventor vs Rhino

07-28-2013 05:53 PM in reply to: JDMather

JD is right -  $25 a month per user for Fusion 360. You can try it now free for 90 days. Visit www.autodesk.com/tryfusion360

 

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Re: Inventor vs Rhino

07-29-2013 12:01 AM in reply to: rhasell

rhasell wrote:

Thanks for all the info guys, hopefully we can convince them that Rhino will not be suitable for their needs.

 

Our industry is Structural and Architectural, focusing on Tensile membrane structures. I guess Rhino will make pretty pictures of the roof, but will not do any FEA or create pattern etc.

 

 


hopefully we can convince them that Rhino will not be suitable for their needs     Why?  Are you trying to get the best result for your employer or Autodesk?  


Scan and Solve is a very good and low cost add in for FEA in Rhino.

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Re: Inventor vs Rhino

11-21-2013 05:06 AM in reply to: stevec781
Rhino has no drawing tools? Oh really!

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