One of Rhino’s biggest selling points has always been its active user community, and their contributions to functionality in the way of feedback to the software as well as plug-ins.
Even with jewellery, there seem to be enough programmers scattered among the flock to generate interesting and potentially helpful plug-ins. These vary in size from the mathematically complex but user interface simple Grasshopper-based algorithms made by Joan Codina to plug-ins which eventually matured into fully independent pieces of software such as RhinoGold and Matrix.
RhinoRing is a relatively new contender to this market, having fairly recently released it’s version 5 compatible plug-in. RhinoRing is designed for jewellery CAD technicians who are either happy to work in pure Rhino or who already have RhinoJewel or RhinoGold, and are looking for a series of additional helper tools to save time with generating frequently requested ring types.
As plug-ins go, there’s no denying this is one is simpler and less involved than the others we mentioned above. But I do have to give them respect for making some elegant little automated builders. In fact, they have quite a few tools which can save Rhino users time when having to create certain common shapes of varying complexity.
For what it is, it is quite effective. If I were to criticise anything about this plug-in, it would be the appearance of the website. Being not entirely finished and not as polished as some plug-ins’ websites, you wouldn’t necessarily know at first impression just how helpful their user support really is. Therefore, don’t let the website put you off a potentially good plug-in.
Pluses: Very low cost. Many good builders.
Minuses: A bit basic overall. Some of the tools overlap with those in the new version of RhinoGold.
Verdict: For the pure Rhino user, or someone who isn’t willing or able to invest in RhinoGold or Matrix, RhinoRing makes for an interesting bare bones alternative.