McNeel’s Rhino 7 has recently been updated to support native Apple Silicon M1 chip support for all macOS Big Sur 11.3 and higher computers. This is exciting news for those in AEC and MCAD spaces who are on the macOS platform, particularly as it opens up the use of Apple’s latest computers to the leading computational design software platform.
There is a list of known bugs for Rhino on Apple Silicon which McNeel has posted here. So far only one bug has been reported regarding rendering performance.
Rhino 7’s MultiPipe
McNeel updated Rhino to version 7 last year in December, calling it the biggest update in its history. This update’s star feature is MultiPipe, which enables the creation of smooth and complex blends like the ones shown in the bicycle frame image below.
The MultiPipe technology also works in Grasshopper allowing for the creation of fascinating models. We look forward to seeing how Rhino 7 users tap into the power of the MultiPipe commands.
Other items McNeel wants folks to be aware of include the following:
- An AMD graphics processor is recommended on Apple Macs, notwithstanding the support for Apple Silicon machines.
- Apple users should also use a multi-button mouse with a scroll wheel. 3Dconnexion makes a very good mouse for CAD industry folks, plus their SpaceNavigator 3D mice are also supported in Rhino 7.
- Perpetual Rhino licenses never expire.
- There are no subscription, maintenance, or support fees.
- Users can upgrade to Rhino 7 from any old version for the same price, which is 595 USD.
- There are educational licenses.
- Users can still obtain Rhino 5 and Rhino 6 licenses.