How to Create Curved Buildings in Rhino

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How to Create Curved Buildings in Rhino
Create a model of a curved building in Rhino. (building image by Henryk Olszewski from

Rhino 3D allows users to create three-dimensional models of a wide variety of shapes, from sunglasses to vases to buildings. Rhino may seem confusing at first, but it uses curves to create three-dimensional shapes, and you should have an easy time creating a rounded building with a little practice. Rhino is a Windows-only program. As of January 2011, it can be purchased for about £130.

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  1. 1

    Double-click on the Rhino icon to open the software. Click "File" and scroll to "Create New."

  2. 2

    Click on the "Curve from 2 views" command at the top of the tool bar. Draw the curves that form your building. If your building has a curved top, draw a rectangle with a round top. Draw curves by clicking on the grid. Clicking on the grid creates a point. The Rhino software automatically forms a curve between two points.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Curve Tools" toolbox. Select "Top View." This will show you the curve from the top. Make any necessary adjustments in your curve.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the toolbox and select "Control Curve Point." Draw a cross-section of your building using the mouse.

  5. 5

    Create the "Front View" cross-section. Click "Front View" then "Control Curve Point." Draw the cross-section using the mouse.

  6. 6

    Add rails to your rounded building. Click on the "Surface from Network of Curves" tool in the toolbox and click on the "Sweep 2 Rails" tool. The software automatically creates the rails.

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