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Does anyone know of a plug-in that allows you to do mechanical animation in Rino? Example:
If you have a set of gears and wanted to see them rotate around each other. Something like Solid works does.
An example of gear animation in RhinoWorks:
More than 30 other different mechanisms (gears, pistons, doors) animated with RhinoWorks:
Rhino Works was suggested to me already, Thanks. Do you know of any turtorial video's other than what Rino Works offer. I have looked at their video's and e-mailed asking for help but they really don't want to help someone like me who has not been exposed to software like this before. They refered me back to the same video's and basically said 'have a nice day". NOT HELPFUL AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you have any suggestions on help for Rhino Works or video's it would help greatly.
I do appreciate ALL the suggestions I have recieved.
There is a detailed step-by-step tutorial (with some concept introduction) on how to assemble a single-cylinder engine from existing parts and animate the motion of the piston:
I suggest you to read it carefully and then to repeat the actions described there with the model that you can download at
There is also a simpler tutorial on assembly design:
I believe after these exercises you will be able to assemble and animate your own models. And our team will be happy to answer your questions on particular functions of RhinoWorks.
RhinoWorks development team
I think Solidworks bases the animation on alignment and assembly constraints. There is a plug-in for Rhino called Bongo. It is a key frame animation tool. The soon to be released new version, Bongo 2, support "inverse kinematics" so one part can drive another, sort of like a constraint manager. So a piston can be animated to go up and down, the crankshaft can be rotated, and the two connected with the connecting rod.
Yes you can download a free trial of Bongo which can be found on the simply rhino website. I use it and it can do any kind of animation. Check out the sample animations on the rhino website. I purchased Rhino with Bongo and the Flamingo software as a package and they work well together. However I have just moved over to Vray render and find Bongo works just as well with this.