Talk:Vote to Buy a Rhino License

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The membership could design our own models for 3d printing

Education Discounts.

This topic is preemptive.

  • PS:One does not have 501(c)3 status.
  • PS:One is not an accredited educational institution.

If you are going to reference educationally discounted software, you have to contact the vendor first and ensure that they will consider PS:One an educational institution and that we qualify for educational discounts.

--Hef (talk) 13:05, 21 October 2014 (CDT)

Possible Software Alternatives


  • A full-featured 90-day trial version is available. After 90 days saving and plug-ins stop working, unless a license is purchased. --Ananda (talk) 03:30, 23 October 2014 (CDT)
  • A Mac version is in development and is currently free. --Ananda (talk) 03:30, 23 October 2014 (CDT)

Autodesk Inventor


  • Free
    • Does anyone use it at the space? --Hef (talk) 10:41, 22 October 2014 (CDT)
    • Does anyone use it professionally? --Hef (talk) 10:41, 22 October 2014 (CDT)


  • Solid works would probably be ideal. Most of the mechanical engineers and industrial designers I have talked to say this is the tool they use most. --Hef (talk) 10:41, 22 October 2014 (CDT)
  • Outside the price range I am comfortable with for getting PS:One started on CAD --Hef (talk) 16:50, 21 October 2014 (CDT)

Computer System

Creating 3D models is extraordinarily time-consuming and computing resource-intensive. The learning curve is steep. While much of the time spent creating 3D models may be user-active time on the system, time the system spends in rendering the model may also be significant.

Question: Do we have a computer that exceeds these recommendations?

  • At least 8GB RAM
  • OpenGL 2 capable video card
  • Windows 7 or 8, 64-bit

Note: Rhino requires fewer than 64 cores on the computer.

Questions: Given the time usage needs, would the this would be installed on have a priority for Rhino use, or would some other use be a priority?

Questions: If the intent is to install Rhino on one of the machines in the 3D printing area, does the system allow 3D printing to happen in the background while someone is using Rhino? Or can Rhino render in the background while someone is actively setting up a 3D print job?

Suggestion: If there is a real desire to have a 3D workstation available at PS1, please consider purchasing a machine that is prioritized for 3D modeling. This will reduce member frustration, as it will both avoid resource conflict with existing systems, and be easier to use in that it is more responsive and renders faster.

--Ananda (talk) 03:30, 23 October 2014 (CDT)