Even as Autodesk fruitlessly works to make tiny competitor Rhino irrelevent, friends of McNeel & Assoc are helping in the fight-back. Well, Robert McNeel doesn't fight in the marketplace, so maybe we should call it "helping in the nice-back."
I am no Rhino user, so I can't say anything deep about the press release that landed in my Inbox yesterday morning, except that it seems pretty interesting.
LEDAS of Novosibirsk (I love pronouncing the name of that city!) now has a constraint-based parametric plug-in for Rhino, software that is famous for being a direct modeler:
RhinoWorks allows designers to edit many kinds of solid, surface, and wireframe models parametrically. It gives them full control over design intent through the application of geometric and dimensional constraints..
The "new" plug-in is a merger of two previous ones from LEDAS, RhinoAssembly and RhinoDirect. The parametric data generated by RhinoWorks are stored directly in Rhino's data files, a benefit of the openness of its 3DM file format.
So now Rhino users have a direct modeler that does parametrics with geometric and dimensional constraints.
30-day demo from www.DrivingDimensions.com/download. Price is $595.
New Head for LEDAS
In case you missed it, LEDAS has a new CEO, Dmitry Ushakov, and he is now in charge of running the company now. Former CEO and co-founder David Levin is now head of the board.
[Disclosure: I do some editing for LEDAS.]