- Design tree
- Better filleting
- Ability to enter dimensions into properties
The most glaring weakness of Rhino is it’s linear workflow. Modeling a part and realizing 30 min into it that you’ve made a mistake or need a change means either undoing the last 20+ steps of your process or starting over from scratch and losing a huge amount of time. On a large model… I don’t even want to think about how much time is wasted having to do this! I can’t even change the size of a circle without the gumball! I should be able to click on an existing circle and type in the diameter shouldn’t I? Seems pretty basic. The design explorer in Alibre (and pretty much every other CAD software) allows me to make changes at any time to any part because of it’s non-destructive nature. (see pic)
Fillets! OMG what is with Rhino and fillets!!! Rhino is god awful at fillets! Fail, fail ,fails at the simplest fillets! I spent half a day trying to fillet this in Rhino! After realizing the fillet tool wasn’t going to work, (with every possible setting) I tried blending surfaces, exploding and filleting surfaces, you name it I tried it. I gave up trying to fillet this in Rhino and exported it out to Alibre Design. 1 min… done!
I’m finishing this in Alibre and leaving Rhino for the surfacing work only from now on. Rhino is amazing at most things but there seems to be some glaring omissions.