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Summary: Rhino User's Hall of Fame
Note: Not to ruffle anyone's feathers, but it would be nice if entries here were limited to one short paragraph to allow space for all. If you want to write more about yourself and how you work with Rhino, please do so on the Customer Stories page (and include a link from your short bio here). Thanks.

John Merrifield

Long time Rhino user, JOHN MERRIFIELD, 65, of Tiverton, RI died Wednesday, August 10, 2005. His wife is Lise Nagel Merrifield.

He was born in Evanston, IL. the son of Cecil & Winifred Merrifield. He leaves behind a son, John Wright Merrifield, and a sister, Ann M. Hoopes.

John sailed and built boats his whole life, building more than fifty custom yachts, including 10 America's Cup Racing Sailboats. He co-founded Merrifield-Roberts, Inc. in Bristol in 1985 and continued to this day, building Yachts and Public Sculptures. He also loved cars and golden retrievers.

Donations can be made to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 169 George St., Pawtucket, RI 02860

Jack Meyer

I've only been a member of the Rhino community for 18 months now, but I've been working with 3D modeling since 1997. Before retraining in London as a jewelry designer and blacksmith, I worked for a military contractor desigining models and environments for flight simulators.

Bringing the traditional hand skills of metal work into 3D modeling was an exciting challenge. Rhino 3, with its history in the product design field, seemed the natural choice, and proved itself to be a highly useful and flexible platform for the task.

Now, for MOD Jewelry , I have helped implement a process that combines hand-made manufacturing with Illustrator, Rhino, ArtCAM and the Solidscape RP machine to generate miniaturized logos for all varieties of custom jewelry with unprecedented speed and quality.

What used to take weeks to create by hand can now be modeled, prototyped, cast, and in production in little over a week. And when one considers the aggressive license policies of many of our clientele (Harley-Davidson, FFA, 12 Step Program), this precision gives us more freedom than ever before while still giving them what they want.

My latest work appears seasonally on the MOD Jewelry website . In addition, my own portfolio can be found at .

Phillip Carrizzi

I am a jeweler and educator from and currently working in Michigan. I've been using 2D software as a graphic designer and as a layout tool in my 3D work since 1994. I've been using Rhino casually since getting a copy of the demo in 2000, but finally got serious about it in 2003 when the school I work for purchased the first of our 4 CNC milling machines, and eventually an Envisitiontec Perfactory RP system. I am finding that having the ability to go from drawing to model or object - and then make revisions and start all over again within an afternoon - to be a pretty convincing inducement to students and semi-old-schoolers like me to suffer through all the naked edges and jackup up STLs and “failure building fillets” etc. I do love Rhino though, especially the WIP v4 versions. I approach CAD as a drawing environment - and have yet to see any other packages with Rhino's mix of features that is still affordable and dongle-less.

I work somewhat idiosyncratically - drawing in Illustrator, importing curves into Rhino, surfacing, exporting STLs, hollowing them in Magics, sometimes bringing them into Artcam and subtly smoothing or texturing them etc. Then cutting or printing them, pulling molds, painting, investing, casting, powder-coating etc. Sometimes the object is an opaque but fragile prototype - the next day the same shape is made differently and is as hearty as any jewelry ever made. I guess I'm still in a very experimental mood with these technologies - so who knows where i'll end up…

My work, including a ridiculous amount of process shots, can be seen at

Douglas Bucci

Douglas Bucci is a Metalsmith that obtained his MFA in 1998 from Tyler School of Art/Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Doug is currently teaching fulltime at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, as well as being a CAD/CAM/RP consultant and designer for several national companies. Doug has been involved in CAD/CAM since 1995, being introduced to this medium by a desire to be on the cutting edge of his field. Doug continues to produce his own original line pieces, all of which are digitally generated using Rhino software. In addition to CAD work, Doug has spent much of his time teaching Metalsmithing and jewelry to a variety of age groups. He has been an instructor of Jewelry, Stone setting/ Lapidary, Metalsmithing, and Rhino at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA.

Find more about my work at

Also, be sure to periodically check into , VIRTUAL/TANGIBLE: An exhibition of Jewelers and Metalsmiths, curated by Douglas Bucci & Matthew Hollern, at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio. June 25th to July 29th, 2005.

Raja Thomas

Desperately looking for an effective & affordable tool for design and development, i started with autocad and moved to Rhinoceros in its early days, self taught/trained of course. Between Autocad and Rhinoceros, I experimented with other high end CAD packages, but soon left all the packages in favour of Rhinoceros. Have been using it extensively since then, for industrial design. Since 2001 I have been working in Netherlands, utilising Rhinoceros as a tool for industrial design and development.

Preserving design intent (economically) was made possible for me, by Rhinoceros. Whatever i design, i can deliver. I love Rhinoceros. Some examples/samples of my work can be sighted at

Marc Gibeault is a Rhino nut…

I'm in Montreal, working in an industrial design agency ( ). I've been using Rhino since it was an AutoCAD plug-in… don't remember when that was, sometimes feels like twenty years, sometimes like 20 weeks.

I've studied industrial design, plastic processing and moldmaking.

Mitch Heynick is a Rhinomaniac…

I have my own one man prototype shop - The Millennium Workshop - in Montreux, Switzerland. Using Rhino since V1.0 (1998) to edit and prepare client files for CAM programming and CNC machining, as well as designing and modeling things “from scratch”. Rhino reseller for French Switzerland. One of the founding members of the F.I.R.M. - Friendly International Rhino Maniacs. Annual meetings at the EuroMold fair in Frankfurt in early December.

Hello, my name is David and I'm a Rhinoholic…

I was about to give up on GI altogether when I discovered Rhino 1.0 during my first year at uni. I've used it extensively for architectural and urban project and eventually discovered my true calling through RhinoScript. Since then I've written a handout about RhinoScript, gave a lecture in London, hosted a workshop in Vienna and written hundreds of scripts for the public domain. Part of my site is dedicated to Rhino, scripting and programming;

John Cantu is a rhinoholic taking it one day at a time…

I'm located in Seattle working at Delta Marine( ). I've been using Rhino since v1.0 and have really become addicted. I also teach Rhino at Seattle Central Community College actively converting people to Rhino from their other 3d software (which is very easy). I have studied design, drafting and art.

Jess Maertterer is a Rhino sapiens

Biologically a human classified as a sub-species of homo sapiens (latin: “thinkin man”): a bipedal primate belonging to the superfamily of Rhinoidea, which “suffers” from seeing isoparms on any 3D shape.

Wim Dekeyser , yes, a Rhino addict

I am an economist-turned-3D modeller after finding Rhino as an open beta before V1.0 came out. Living in Asker, Norway, I am currently a consultant working for FMC Kongsberg Subsea . I am Norway's second Rhino certified trainer.

Sam Page Recovering from a bad AutoCAD addiction with the help of Rhino

I'm a set designer for feature films working in the Los Angeles area. We use Rhino heavily for quickly generating models to fly the director and production designer through. Where Rhino becomes indispensable (like it isn't already) is when, as often is the case, we are doing something very free form and organic, Rhino not only allows us to model such complex forms, but also to section our models every which way to generate useful information for our construction departments.

I-macs Galicia I-macs is a Rhinouser…

I'm in Manila, Philippines, working in an Printing Products Company as a Software Specialist/R&D for 3D & Large Format Printer Products ( ). I've been using Rhino since 2002 and submitted my designed and 3D Model at Rhino3D site. I've studied Graphics Technology Major in Mechanical at one of the best Technical School here at the Philippines (Technological University of the Philippines).

Marcus Liebich Marcus Liebich is riding the Rhino …

I am a product designer located in Bremen in Germany. I am addicted to rapid prototyping and cnc milling. I love to push rhino to new features like the possibility to realise surface structures via procedural textures. This method ( that I developed together with Clement Greiner) is introduced on my site:


Heath Satow Just when I had given up on 3D …

I am a metal sculptor in the Los Angeles area and had been using 2D CAD products for years, but still had to build elaborate physical models to present my ideas to clients. I tried demos of just about every available 3D CAD product out there and decided that I would need to work in CAD full-time to become proficient enough to justify the use of the software. Then someone showed me rhino, and I was hooked the first day… here was a package I could really use for my work, without having to be a full-time CAD guy. It's revolutionized the way I create sculpture, and has kept me highly competitive in tough field. Almost all my work these days is designed and presented using rhino, and you can see this work at

Jørgen Holo Dancing with Rhino…

Rhino entered my life as an early pre release version in 1996 after I read an article about “Nurbs for Windows” in what became 3D world. From that point on I was addicted and has used Rhino as my nr.1 modelling programe since. I use Rhino somewhere in all my design work, both for graphics and 3D production or vizualisation. I have been teaching rhino in Norway for many years and have been a sertified teacher for over two years. (so far only in Norwegian)

Keith Wilkinson Best known for…

Probably most noted for my work with Flamingo much of which has probably been down to luck rather than judgment. Still, its seen me through 3 years of business for very little financial outlay and I can get it to do pretty much what I want. Hoping to try and get as much as i can down in writing in the flamingo section of the Wiki. Generally very excited by the development of V4 and Brazil R/S as a rendering plug-in - exciting times for rhinophiles everywhere I think!!

Phill Pittman - Carving with Rhino

My lifelong business of architectural carving and heroic scale sculpture took a whole new turn when I discovered Rhino. Soon after, I turned my very traditional carving studio into full time cnc carving, CAD development and production. From concept to rendering, I primarily design (and present) from within Rhino. I also keep quite busy in a product development and prototype arm of my business. Full scale auto body panels, small craft, statues and surfboards keep life interesting. Contract architectural ornament design fufills my creative needs when I am not working on my full scale 3-d “Last Supper”. Hopefully I will get it finished (with the help of Rhino) before I kick off. I would have never gotten past first base without the newsgroup, a sincere thanks to all!

Jack Kunnen A Rhino-mold-design-phile…

I started using Rhino with version 1 Beta just to read in IGES files that Cadkey and Microstation won't. Now I'm doing all the 3d work for my mold and die cast die designs. I've found Rhino to be faster and more accurate than any of the Cad systems I've been trained on. I do like the feature trees of solid modelers, but these modelers still can't handle the surfaces on the parts I get to work with, only Nurbs will to the trick. Can't wait for the release version 4.

adidas cad-team

our departmanet is located in the adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach.

We use Rhino since 2000 to model the complex designs of footware. Our daily business includes 3d scanning, e-mail communication with factories located in asia, 3D printing on ZCorp and Objet and of course 3D modelling.

The adidas Rhino masters are:

top from left to right: Detlef, Bernd, Stefan, Luca, Manfred, Jan, Dirk, Erika; Reinhold, Thomas, Norbert, Tatjana

bottom from left to right: Frank, Peter, Niko, Jochen (Jörg, head of our department, Jutta, Ulrike and Tina are not on the picture)


Olivier Suire Lightweight Rhino…

I am a designer in the field of tensile structures. I just can't do my job without Rhino. From the first pilot study to really tricky workshop drawing problems, Rhino rules. I use it in conjunction with SolidWorks, and they both communicate quite well. The Gelfling did a pretty amazing job in making my (work) life even better with a few of his magic scripts, but using his great scripting handout, I'm starting to do my own !

An that's what I do with Rhino when I'm not told what to do :

Gerard Petersen - Always looking for possibilities to apply Rhino

Rhinoceros was the modeling tool for me to create an innovative hull form for a motorboat. ScheepsbouwKunst (The Art of Shipbuilding) is my bureau for maritime product development and develops the innovative motorboat. I have used Rhinoceros throughout the complete proces of design, presentation, engineering and manufacturing.

The Rhinocentre website, which I initiated, is a platform for Dutch rhino users to share knowledge and experiences.

Take a look at to see my product development activities

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