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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Double-click on the Rhino icon to open the software. Click "File" and scroll to "Create New."
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.
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.
Navigate to the toolbox and select "Control Curve Point." Draw a cross-section of your building using the mouse.
Create the "Front View" cross-section. Click "Front View" then "Control Curve Point." Draw the cross-section using the mouse.
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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