First Timer


Does anybody have any suggestion! I am a first time user and I want to learn this very fast!
I am in a hurry:grin:

(John Brock) #2

My best recommendation for free, self-paced tutorials is the User’s Guide.
It can be found on the Learn page on the Rhino Web site.
It is a series of progressive tutorials that get more complicated as you go.

We offer classroom instruction in Miami and Seattle. Additionally, we offer on-line Webinar training and recorded “on demand” classes too. details can be found here:

I’ve heard good things from some users about the Rhino video training at and at Infinite Skills too:

Mac essentials:

For Grasshopper, start here:

For brushing up your math skills:


Thank you


Infinite Skills tutorials are better than Lynda tutorials. All tutorials made by Brian James are free and good.

Free Rhino tutorials:

Commercial Rhino tutorials:
Rhino 4 video tutorial | basic | made by Brian DiNola:
Rhino 4 video tutorial | advanced | made by Brian DiNola:
Rhino 4 video tutorial | basic and advanced bundle | made by Brian DiNola:
Rhino 5 video tutorial | basic | made by Rob McCulloch:
Rhino 5 video tutorial | advanced |made by Rob McCulloch:
Rhino 5 video tutorial | basic and advanced bundle | made by Rob McCulloch:
Rhino 5 video tutorial | advanced | made by Kyle Houchens:
Rhino 5 video tutorial | advanced | made by Rob McCulloch:


“Infinite Skills tutorials are better than Lynda tutorials”

Why ?

Regards to all



I found Kyle’s video on vimeo to be really entertaining and great to follow.

And the support on this forum is fantastic.

Also video by Brian James are really good too.

JFYI rhino mac goes up by 100bucks shortly.


I have seen all Rhino tutorials made by Infinite Skills and I tried to watch tutorials made by Lynda. Rob McCulloch is boring. If you have watched Kyle Houchens’s tutorials, you have no reason to watch Rob McCulloch’s tutorials. I could not learn anything from Lynda.


Hey Andrew! Can you share anything specific that would make the lynda courses better in the future? I am always looking for feedback … and I really appreciate the effort it takes to summarize your thoughts.

BTW, if you haven’t checked lately, there are over a dozen Rhino-related courses at Some of the new ones are much shorter and more project-focused, so you might like them better. I sure did :smile:


My favorite method of teaching anything is starting with a problem and explaining different ways to solve the problem. For example, there are many ways to make the same surface. Some methods produce cleaner (few control points) surface than other methods. If you go to Infinite Skills website, you will see tutorials divided into short videos. Random selection of these videos is posted on the internet so that everyone can watch them and guess the quality of the rest. Lynda has the same business model as Autodesk - it rents its products, but it does not sell them. I want to download the tutorials and watch them later; maybe a year later.

It may be good idea to post free sound tracks of your tutorials on the internet, so that your customers know what they are buying before the purchase.


Hello Andrew,

Can you recommend any fast way of learning Rihno.
I have a back on SW and Inventor already.

Any suggestion?


My knee-jerk advice is ignoring all commands that are available in SolidWorks and Inventor. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. If I were in your shoes, I would do it in three steps:

  1. Download free copy of Rhino and all free Vimeo tutorials made by Brian James and Kyle Houchens.
  2. Watch the videos, stop them every minute and try to do the same things in Rhino.
  3. Type word “commands” in Rhino Command Prompt. It will display long list of 1428 commands. Read descriptions of all commands and play little videos included in these descriptions. It will take you about a week. You will not memorize all Rhino commands, but you will be aware of their existence. If you do not remember the command, type a string in the Command Prompt that it probably contains. For example, most surface commands contain “srf” string.


That is doable. I will give it a try.


My advice would be to choose something that you’d like to model, something of personal interest and has no financial implications rather/as well as a tutorial piece. I find that I’ll spend way more time on my own doodles and models trying to make a 3D form/sculpture than I maybe would for a client, unless paid really well.

If you’ve got a good grounding in other software maybe you could try to replicate something that you’ve already made before in another package - it’ll highlight the similarities, differences etc.

Or you could take on work and learn by burning the candle at both ends and sweat through the early hours wondering why you did it! :smiley:


That is a challenging advice @2DCube. I actually wanted to learn this fast because I have a job interview and those guys dont like SW or Inventor. I never knew Rihno until they brought it up. Then I blew my head up when I told them that I am familiar with the system. Now I have to show some completed profile by Tuesday next week after which interview begins.


"If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting."
David Bowie

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”
Richard Branson

Good luck with the interview and welcome to the club! :slight_smile:


Well Said!

Thank you…

(Wim Dekeyser) #17

Well… People generally rise to the level of their incompetence… a.k.a. the “Peter principle”.